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St. Louis police sergeant sues department for silencing his pro-pot work

 
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03/13/2013 04:03 PM
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St. Louis police sergeant sues department for silencing his pro-pot work
Since GayTS won't let me post this there and 404'ed my thread, I bring it to you all here:

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"ST. LOUIS • A city police sergeant who moonlights as a lobbyist for Show-Me Cannabis has filed suit against the department for allegedly stifling his pro-pot politicking.

News that Sgt. Gary Wiegert was registered as a lobbyist for the organization that advocates legalizing marijuana raised eyebrows last week and prompted Police Chief Sam Dotson to denounce Wiegert’s views as his alone and “not what is expected of our officers.”

But it didn’t end there, alleges Wiegert’s attorney, Albert Watkins.

Watkins said Wiegert’s superiors issued a verbal “gag order” Friday, asking him to refrain from any political statements until they could meet to discuss his lobbying. Watkins said that on Tuesday, the department revoked Wiegert’s approval to work a secondary job as a lobbyist."
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03/13/2013 04:31 PM
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03/13/2013 06:37 PM
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Since he is doing nothing illegal they have suspended his right to free speech.

I hope he gets a lawyer and makes their lives hell.
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03/14/2013 07:21 AM
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Any job normally has a built in policy that they can approve or dis-approve any part time work. So, if he's getting paid as a lobbyist then they (as most any company) can say no.

It shouldn't be this way, IMO to be a totally free person but that's the way it's been for a while. We live in a country where a company can fire you if they don't like your personality or how you live your life. It's a bigger deal now than it was 30 years ago. In the old days they cared more about how you performed your job instead of your political leanings.

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