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Mich. officers sue over police agency gag order

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On behalf of three Flint, Mich. police officers who say they were punished for breaching an agency rule barring them from…

On behalf of three Flint, Mich. police officers who say they were punished for breaching an agency rule barring them from speaking to the media, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit this week seeking to have the ban thrown out, The Flint Journal reports.

According to WNEM news, Chief David Dicks imposed the order prohibiting officers from speaking with reporters.

The suit also asks for lost wages; The Journal said one of the officers — Sgt. Rick Hetherington — got his job back last weekend, days after he says he was fired for speaking to a local television station about allegations of political harassment within the police agency.