9th Circ. Says Cop's Safety Complaints Not Protected Speech

Law360, Los Angeles (December 3, 2013, 8:54 PM EST) -- High-ranking officials at a municipal police department in Oregon did not violate a former officer's free speech rights when they allegedly transferred him from his position working with a police dog after he repeatedly complained about workplace safety issues, the Ninth Circuit ruled Tuesday. 

A three-judge panel unanimously reversed a lower court's refusal to grant judgment as a matter of law to the city of Eugene, Ore., and three Eugene Police Department officials on former EPD officer Brian Hagen's First Amendment claims. Hagen accused his supervisors...
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