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ACLU Battles Ban on Police-Media Relationship

by Rachel Levitt

Tags: Media, mainstream media, media criticism, ACLU, First Amendment violations, Michigan Live, Reporters Committe for Freedom of the Press,

Police officers in Flint, Michigan are not allowed to speak to the media. Period. The ban, introduced by interim Police Chief David Dicks, forbids police officers from talking about internal affairs or official duties. But the ACLU claims that the ban is so broad it prevents “speaking about manners of public concern that have been consistently found to be protected under the First Amendment.” The ACLU filed a lawsuit against the police department and requested an injunction against the ban after three officers were fired for speaking to reporters. Though one officer has since been reinstated, the constitutionality of the ban remains in question.

(Thanks, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.)