Johnston Po­lice De­part­ment sued over union boss’ right to free speech

Woonsocket Call - - Obituaries/Region -

JOHNSTON (AP) — The Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union says it's su­ing a Rhode Is­land po­lice de­part­ment on be­half of a union pres­i­dent who ac­cuses it of vi­o­lat­ing his right to free speech.

The ACLU of Rhode Is­land says it filed the law­suit Wed­nes­day against the Johnston Po­lice De­part­ment for re­tired de­tec­tive James Brady.

Brady, as union pres­i­dent, said last year of­fi­cer and union mem­ber Adam Catamero was straight­for­ward and all-busi­ness and was fired be­cause his su­pe­ri­ors didn't like how he did things. The law­suit al­leges po­lice Chief Richard Tam­burini vi­o­lated Brady's free speech rights by sus­pend­ing him with­out pay for two days for his com­ments. It seeks an or­der in­val­i­dat­ing the poli­cies un­der which Brady was dis­ci­plined.

Mes­sages seek­ing com­ment from Tam­burini and Demo­cratic Mayor Joseph Polisena haven't been re­turned.

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