Free Speech

A large group of police officers advance toward demonstrators protesting the killing of teenager Michael Brown on August 17, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Police shot smoke and tear gas into the crowd of several hundred as they advanced near the police command center which has been set up in a shopping mall parking lot. Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. Despite the Brown family's continued call for peaceful demonstrations, violent protests have erupted nearly every night in Ferguson since his death. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Federal Report Faults Police Actions During Ferguson Unrest

A Justice Department report summary has found across-the-board flaws in police’s response last summer to the protests in Ferguson, including antagonizing crowds and violating free-speech rights.

06/30/2015

File photo of the American flag (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Illinois Teacher Fired for Stepping on US Flag

An eastern Illinois teacher has been fired for stepping on a small U.S. flag during a lesson last month.

06/29/2015

Photo: Michael Nagle, Getty Images

Officials in Efforts to Enforce the ‘No Call’ Law

Officials are trying to combat the robo call harassment by enforcing the “No Call” law.

04/16/2015

Demonstrators protest the shooting death of Michael Brown on October, 11 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. Civil rights organizations, protest groups and people from around the country were protesting the August 9 shooting of Brown, 18, which involved Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson in the suburban town of Ferguson near St. Louis.  Joshua Lott/AFP/Getty Images

Officer Who Called Protestor’s Boss Fully Backed By Union

A police officer has the same right to free speech as any protestor – that’s the defense voiced by the police union for an officer who called a protestor’s boss.

10/17/2014

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Peoria Mayor Sued over Home Raid in Response to Fake Twitter Account

A man whose home was raided in response to a parody Twitter account he set up in the name of Peoria’s mayor is suing the city, the mayor and the police chief, alleging authorities violated his constitutional rights to free speech.

06/12/2014

Photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Appeals Court Overturns Missouri Flag Burning Law

A federal appeals court has overturned a Missouri law that makes it a crime to burn or otherwise desecrate the American flag, citing Constitutional free-speech protections.

05/30/2014

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St. Louis City Defends Its Right To Screen Street Performers

“My guy that’s doing these interviews is a band guy, and he’s passionate about helping these people displays themselves,” says Waelterman.

05/10/2013

Photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

St. Louis Officer Says SLPD Violated His Free Speech Rights

A St. Louis police sergeant has filed legal action against the department, claiming its refusal to allow him to work a secondary job as a lobbyist for a pro-marijuana group violates his right to free speech.

03/13/2013

First Amendment

Some Missouri Lawmakers Reminded of the First Amendment

The bill says that state laws must protect the free speech of organizations that counsel women to carry their babies to term.

05/09/2012

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Exotic Dancers Challenge Missouri’s Strip Club Law In High Court

Lawyers, representing the dancers argue the new law violates the constitutional right of free speech and expression.

09/07/2011

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