|Free speech and police work|
|Written by APB Staff|
For police officers, the right to free speech guaranteed by the Constitution is not absolute. For instance, in St. Louis, Police Chief Sam Dotson says a sergeant's recent political lobbying work for a pro-marijuana group is "not what is expected of our officers."
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has reported that Sgt. Gary Wiegert is a lobbyist for Show-Me Cannabis. That organization wants Missouri to allow the regulated sale of marijuana.
Wiegert also lobbies for the St. Louis Tea Party.
Chief Dotson released a statement saying that Wiegert is not representing the department and that Wiegert's comments "are his own and not what is expected of our officers."
Wiegert is also a former president of the St. Louis Police Association. However when called for a comment, a spokesman for that organization said he is no longer was a member.