FC: ACLU sues Florida police chief for arresting newspaper publisher

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Mon Feb 04 2002 - 11:42:27 PST

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    Gordon Dillon, the Key West, Flordia police chief, arrested a newspaper
    editor for printing an article that criticized an police investigation.
    The proper punishment would seem to be arresting Dillon in turn, but,
    since that doesn't seem likely to happen, I wish the ACLU and the
    newspaper editor, Dennis Cooper, well in their lawsuit.
    Background, from Politech archives:
    "Key West prosecutors drop charges against newspaper publisher"
    "Miami Herald reports Florida cops knew law is unconstitutional"
    "Police arrest newspaper editor for criticizing Florida cops"
       ACLU sues Key West police chief for arresting publisher
       Saturday, December 22, 2001
       Associated Press
       KEY WEST -- The American Civil Liberties Union sued the city's police
       chief Friday on behalf of a newspaper publisher arrested after he ran
       articles alleging a cover-up of police wrongdoing.
       Dennis Cooper, publisher and editor of the weekly Key West The
       Newspaper, alleges in his suit that Police Chief Gordon "Buz" Dillon
       arrested him illegally and violated his First Amendment rights. He is
       seeking unspecified damages.
       "The numerous unacceptable actions of this particular police chief and
       the failure of elected city officials to curb his abuses made this
       lawsuit inevitable," Cooper said.
       Dillon did not immediately return a phone call Friday seeking comment.
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