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Old 01-01-2009, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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A Belleville police officer arrested a St. Charles man for wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the word "POLICE."

Now, Adam C. Weinstein, of St. Charles, has sued the department for what he calls a violation of his constitutional rights.

12/31/2008 - Man sues after arrest for "POLICE" T-shirt - STLtoday.com (http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/illinoisnews/story/CA1932FACC0BA91386257530000DF76F?OpenDocument - broken link)
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Old 01-01-2009, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Democratic Peoples Republic of Redneckistan
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That's a really gray area....I have seen dozens of L.A.P.D. and L.V.P.D. hats and shirts around here on folks over the years with no problems.
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Old 01-01-2009, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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Here in New York City, you can't count the numbers of people wearing shirts or hats with NYPD or FDNY emblems. If anyone has ever been arrested for it--or even talked to by police or firefighters, I haven't heard anything.

What puzzles me about the case in Belleville is that the arrest took place in 2006, but the lawsuit was initiated in December, 2008. What was going on for two years before he decided to sue?
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Old 01-01-2009, 04:30 PM
 
Location: southern california
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if you identify yourself falsely as a police officer you have broken the law.
women have been assaulted by people posing as police officers.
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Old 01-01-2009, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Democratic Peoples Republic of Redneckistan
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if you identify yourself falsely as a police officer you have broken the law.
women have been assaulted by people posing as police officers.
That's very true...but if the dude was just wearing the shirt and minding his own business I can't really see where the problem lies.
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Old 01-01-2009, 07:46 PM
 
Location: NE Phoenix!
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The cop is a jerk and has been sued before.

Belleville officer accused in suit has been sued four times since '99 - Crime & Controversy - Belleville News-Democrat (http://www.bnd.com/news/crime/story/598878.html - broken link)
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