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Liverman v. City of Petersburg, 15-2207

In a case brought by two police officers challenging disciplinary actions for violations of their Department's social networking policy, the district court's judgment denying relief on most of the claims is affirmed in part, reversed in part and remand for further proceedings where, although the court is sensitive to the Department’s need for discipline throughout the chain of command, the policy here and the disciplinary actions taken pursuant to it would, if upheld, lead to an utter lack of transparency in law enforcement operations that the First Amendment cannot countenance.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2016/12/15




  • United States Fourth Circuit


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