Dade v. Baldwin

Franklin County, Ohio officer has a fractious relationship with the mother of his children, engendering several domestic violence complaints. In responding, police discover that the mother is a registered sex offender. The officer is fired. Officer: You fired me because I associated with the mother of my children, which is an intimate relationship protected by the First and Fourteenth Amendment. Sixth Circuit: Associating with her to co-parent is one thing, but you were fired because you participated in a violent altercation. That’s not constitutionally protected.

Tags: 2020, First Amendment, Fourteenth Amendment, Freedom of Association, Police, Sixth Circuit

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