The Supreme Court reasoned that Pickering spoke on a matter of public concern – whether the school district spent too much money on athletics as opposed to academics. The Court then held that Pickering’s rights to free speech outweighed the school board’s interests in a disruptive free workplace.
So because he spoke on a matter of public matter, police brutality, he may be protected as a government employee. But he also specifically said, ” Rochester Police Department.” So in my eyes, I think it’s somewhere in the middle.
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