Mo. cop sues department for silencing his pot lobbying
Superiors issued a verbal "gag order" asking him to refrain from any political statements until they could meet to discuss his lobbyin
By Jennifer Mann
ST. LOUIS — A city police sergeant who moonlights as a lobbyist for Show-Me Cannabis has filed suit against the department for allegedly stifling his pro-pot politicking.
News that Sgt. Gary Wiegert was registered as a lobbyist for the organization that advocates legalizing marijuana raised eyebrows last week and prompted Police Chief Sam Dotson to denounce Wiegert’s views as his alone and “not what is expected of our officers.”
Watkins filed a lawsuit in federal court here Wednesday seeking a court injunction to prevent officials from quieting Wiegert. The sergeant is a past president of the St. Louis Police Officers’ Association; the group says he is no longer a member.
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