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Ross v. City of Jackson, Missouri

Facebook meme depicts various firearms and uses for each. Gun control proponent comments in response, “Which one do I need to shoot up a kindergarten?” Screenshot finds its way to Jackson, Mo. police, who arrest and charge the proponent, leading to several days in custody. (All charges dropped.) Qualified immunity for the officers? No, says the Eighth Circuit, because even minimal investigation would have revealed the comment was not a “true threat.”


Tags: 2018, Eighth Circuit, First Amendment, Freedom of Speech, Police, Qualified Immunity

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