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Utah Cop Resigns, Hires a Lawyer

The Utah cop who was disciplined, his police department claims, for refusing to protect a gay-pride parade has resigned, and hired a lawyer. 

His lawyer says the cop was defamed by his bosses, that he never refused to serve, but was disciplined for merely asking for an accommodation.

I do not think cops have a right to refuse to serve and protect gay people or gay institutions, but if government can punish you for merely asking for an accommodation, we are in serious trouble. 

I trusted the police department as a reliable source (my biases showing!), but if the cop’s story is true, he has a number of serious legal claims, from the First Amendment to defamation of character.

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