Constitutional Rights

6th Circuit Rules Against Retired Kentucky Firefighters on COLA Battle

The 6th Circuit has ruled against a retired firefighter and a retired police officer from Lexington, Kentucky who sought to block efforts to reduce their pension COLAs. The case dates back to 2013 when Lexington Mayor Jim Gray sought to address a pension shortfall – not by funding the pension – but by reducing the pensioners’ COLAs.

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Georgia City Sues County Over Emergency Response

A dispute between a city and a county in Georgia over the delivery of emergency services has spilled over into the courts. The City of Tifton is suing Tift County to stop the county from providing vehicle extrication and rescue services within the city’s corporate limits.

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Pennsylvania Fire Company Sued over Sex Assaults

A Pennsylvania fire department is facing a federal lawsuit accusing it of permitting a firefighter with a history of sexual molestation to sexual assault junior female members despite department leadership officials being aware of the problem.

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Another Firefighter Disciplined Over Anti BLM Posts

Another firefighter has been caught up in sharing anti-Black Lives Matters posts, this time a battalion chief in Omaha, Nebraska. BC Joe Salcedo is now on paid administrative leave over posts he shared on Facebook that criticized the Black Lives Matter movement and President Obama.

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YCMTSU New Mexico

A dispute in a small town in New Mexico has resurfaced in the Fire Law news with word that a county has filed a counterclaim against a former fire chief who sued the county earlier this year. You may recall the YCMTSU story of Fire Chief Eddie Velarde, the IC who was arrested at the scene of a fire.

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More Cybercasualties in South Carolina Over BLM Posts

The past few weeks have seen an unusually high number of fire and EMS personnel get themselves into disciplinary trouble for their social media activities. Whether we use the acronym SMACS, SMACSS, or my favorite – Cybercasualty - no state has seen more of this than South Carolina following a BLM protest last week in Columbia.

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Applicant Loses YCMTSU Suit Against New Haven

A YCMTSU case we discussed two years ago has come to a conclusion with Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that a firefighter candidate who has a conditional offer of employment does not have a sufficient property interest to establish a right to due process.

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Michigan Homeowner Sues Over Fire Scene Tasing

A homeowner who was tased by police after he ducked underneath yellow fire line tape during a house fire is now suing the city and the police officer who tased him. Robert W. Burt Jr. claims that Grandville police used excessive force and violated his Constitutional Rights at the scene of a house fire at Burt’s residence on June 2, 2014.

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