Constitution Protects Cop's Whistleblowing, 9th Circ. Rules

Law360, Los Angeles (August 21, 2013, 6:31 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday held that a California police officer who blew the whistle on other officers allegedly abusing suspects was protected by free speech laws, and also overruled a previous appellate court decision restricting officers' ability to assert employment retaliation claims.

An en banc panel of 11 judges reversed a lower court's dismissal of Angelo Dahlia's lawsuit against the city of Burbank for retaliation he allegedly suffered as a result of his disclosures that other Burbank Police Department officers were beating, choking and threatening...
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