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First Thursday, May 2016

This month’s topics: Supreme Court Reinstates Officer’s Free Speech Lawsuit, Heffernan v. City of Paterson, New Jersey, 2016 WL 1627953 (U.S. 2016) Court Upholds Constitutionality Of California Factfinding Law, County of Riverside v. PERB, 2016 WL 1238737 (Cal. App. 2016); San Diego Housing Commission v. PERB, 2016 WL 1242539 (Cal. App. 2016) Step Increases After A Contract Expires, County of Atlantic, 2016 WL 931269 (N.J. Super. 2016) Question on…

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First Thursday, March 2016

Listen Will tackles a question on physical fitness standards testing and HIPAA When Must An Employer Bargain Over The ‘Effects’ Of A Management Right? El Dorado County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, 2016 WL 542342 (Cal. App. 2016) Ex-fire chief sues over firing, www.dailyastorian.com/Local_News/20160125/ex-fire-chief-sues-over-firing Court Reverses Trooper’s Suspension For Failing To Take Action, New Jersey State Police, 2016 WL 674191 (N.J. App. 2016) What Is Reasonable Notice Of Disciplinary Charges? Ellins…

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Lackawanna’s police officer’s suspension cited amid probe of payments to chief

Officer Christopher Stampone appeared at a Lackawanna City Council meeting earlier this year and inquired into sick time and vacation payments to Police Chief James L. Michel Jr. Not long after, he was suspended without pay for 90 days. Michel ordered the suspension because the officer’s public statement violated department regulations. Mayor Geoffrey M. Szymanski said the suspension came as a result of an internal investigation. He declined to…

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FOP Sues Police Association

MCKINNEY, TX – It’s been a rocky year for the McKinney Police Department. Now a local police group is suing the city and the other police association in McKinney for allegedly conspiring to violate its members’ constitutional rights to free speech and association. The McKinney Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 107 — which represents 51 officers — filed a lawsuit in federal court Wednesday. It complains about two…

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Police Union Head Not Protected by First Amendment

A Washington, D.C., police officer who was also chair of the union wasn’t protected by either the First Amendment or the city’s whistle-blower law when he was suspended for three days for providing reporters with a recording of radio communications during an emergency response incident, a federal appeals court ruled Aug. 4. Affirming summary judgment for the city, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit…

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First Thursday, February 2015

In this month’s podcast, Will talks about the influence of American Legislative Exchange Council and various anti-public safety union bills it has created that are working their way through state legislatures across the nation. He also covers the following cases: Heart-lung presumption does not require proof that disease caused condition, Di Luzio v. City of Santa Fe, 2015 WL 178396 (N.M. App. 2015) Retroactive application of California’s new pension…

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Pittsburgh Police Chief Shuts Down Twitter Account After Photo Controversy

PITTSBURGH, PA – Pittsburgh police Chief Cameron McLay has asked the city’s Office of Municipal Investigations to determine whether his use of social media violated any police bureau regulations. The request follows national attention sparked by controversy over a photograph posted on Facebook that showed Chief McLay holding an anti-racism sign on New Year’s Eve. Supporters on social media tweeted the photo with the hashtag ISupportChiefMcLay. The city’s police…

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Atlanta Fires Fire Chief Over Condemnation Of Homosexuality

ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA — Mayor Kasim Reed’s decision to dismiss his fire chief last week for giving co-workers copies of a Christian self-help book condemning homosexuality is fanning new kinds of legal and political flames in this city, where deeply held religious convictions exist in a kind of defining tension with a reputation for New South tolerance. Mr. Reed fired Kelvin Cochran, the chief, on Tuesday over the…

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Philly Firefighter’s Instagram Post About Police Causes Stir

PHThe city’s firefighters union has rebuked the actions of a paramedic who posted a photo on Instagram of two black men holding guns to a white police officer’s head. But if the paramedic, Marcell Salters, is fired, the union will appeal, an official said Friday. “The paramedic involved is sorry. He realizes it was inappropriate. He issued an apology,” said Joe Schulle, president of Fire Fighters Local 22. PHILADELPHIA,…

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First Thursday, August 2013

Download the podcast (Use this link to listen on Apple devices) Subscribe to this podcast via RSS or iTunes Subscribe to this podcast by email Due to summer vacation, this month’s First Thursday was a week late (hey, we all need to recharge our batteries). But don’t worry, it’s still chock-full of useful information! Featured in this month’s podcast: A round of decisions on…

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