No. 89-7387.

906 F.2d 674 (1990)

Hank R. McWHORTER, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. CITY OF BIRMINGHAM, a municipal corporation, Defendant, Arthur Deutcsh, individually and in his official capacity as Chief of Police of Birmingham, Defendant-Appellee.

United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit.

July 24, 1990.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

William M. Dawson, Erskine R. Mathis, Birmingham, Ala., for plaintiff-appellant.

Robert L. Wiggins, Jr., Gordon, Silberman, Wiggins and Childs, Ann K. Norton, Charles H. Wyatt, Jr., Law Dept., Birmingham, Ala., for defendant-appellee.

Before COX, Circuit Judge, HILL and SMITH, Senior Circuit Judges.


Appellant Hank R. McWhorter, a former Birmingham, Alabama police officer, sued Birmingham police chief Arthur Deutcsh and the City of Birmingham under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, claiming that he was discharged in retaliation for the exercise of his First Amendment rights. Specifically, McWhorter alleged that he was fired for making statements to the press concerning Deutcsh's physical abuse of a person in police custody...

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