With an increase in the use of social media including Facebook and Twitter, sworn officers are coming under more intense scrutiny of what they post, which questions whether or not their First Amendment Rights may have been violated.
On Monday, May 6, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Virginia issued an order granting NAPO’s motion to participate as an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) in a pending case called Bland, et al. vs. Roberts. The Court is one step below the U.S. Supreme Court, and the case involves an issue of free speech by a law enforcement officer and how social media and free speech interact.
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