This is a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against the Johnston Police Department on behalf of retired Detective James Brady, an 18-year veteran of the force.  The suit argues that Johnston Police Chief Richard Tamburini violated Brady’s free speech rights by disciplining him after he spoke to the news media about a matter of public concern.

Current Status: In an important free speech decision, the Court ruled that Johnston Police violated the First Amendment rights of retired Detective James Brady.  In June 2021, this case was favorably settled.


Elizabeth Wiens & John Dineen

Date filed

October 11, 2017