Judge Won't Scrap DC Cop's Whistleblower Suit

Law360, New York (May 23, 2011, 9:03 PM EDT) -- A federal judge ruled Monday that a Washington police officer's remarks to the press criticizing his employer was not protected by a local whistleblower statute, but fell under the First Amendment if he spoke as a union representative.

Metropolitan Police Department Detective William Hawkins and the Fraternal Order of Police sued the district and several of Hawkins' superiors after he was reprimanded for criticisms he made of the MPD's “All Hands On Deck” initiative — which places all available officers on street patrol during scheduled 48-hour...
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