Federal Appeals Court Upholds First Amendment Right To Warn Drivers of Police Ahead

Posted on AllSides March 3rd, 2023
From The Right
ACLU of Connecticut

A federal appeals court ruled that a Connecticut man's First Amendment rights were violated when police arrested him for holding a sign warning drivers of police activity ahead.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit reversed a lower court decision and held that a police officer in Stamford, Connecticut, violated Michael Friend's First Amendment rights and had no probable cause to arrest him for standing on a public sidewalk and holding a sign that read "Cops Ahead."

Friend was standing on a sidewalk near a Stamford police checkpoint...

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