Hunter v. Town of Mocksville, North Carolina

Mocksville, N.C. police officers anonymously report their chief to state authorities for embezzlement, pulling people over without authority. (He’s an “administrative” chief and not certified to do traffic stops.) State officials send an investigator friendly with the chief; the officers get unmasked, promptly fired. Fourth Circuit (2015): No qualified immunity. Could be the chief is liable for violating the First Amendment. Jury: He totally is. Fourth Circuit (2018): Point of fact, the town is also liable for violating the First Amendment.

Tags: 2018, First Amendment, Fourth Circuit, Police, Qualified Immunity

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