Three former police officers of the Mocksville Police Department, sued the Mocksville Police Department (MPD) claiming they were fired in violation of their right to free speech for speaking out against the corruption in the MPD. Today, the United States of Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has affirmed the trial court’s ruling that this case should go to trial on First Amendment free speech grounds. We are proud to represent Ken Hunter, Rick Donathan and Jerry Medlin, exceptional officers who served their community of Mocksville. For speaking out against corruption and mismanagement within the police department, these officers have lost their long-term employment with MPD, and potentially their law enforcement careers. We are grateful for the opportunity to present their cases in court to a jury to correct the injustices and wrongful conduct committed by the MPD, and compensate these officers for the damages they have incurred for courageously standing up to corruption, and to reinstate their careers in law enforcement.
For more on this, and for a link to the court’s decision, read the story in the Winston-Salem Journal