Court says police t-shirt law unconstitutional
The case stemmed from the conviction of Kimberly Sult, who was charged in 2001 for wearing a sheriff's office T-shirt in a St. Petersburg convenience store.
By CHRIS TISCH
Published June 23, 2005
LARGO - The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that a law prohibiting civilians from wearing police T-shirts or insignias is unconstitutional.
The 5-2 ruling came in response to the conviction of Kimberly Sult, a Pinellas woman who was charged in 2001 after a deputy saw her wearing a sheriff's office T-shirt in a St. Petersburg convenience store.
The Supreme Court said the misdemeanor law prohibiting the wearing of insignias is overly broad, vague and violates due process. A felony law that prohibits the intentional impersonation of a police officer remains in effect.
See tomorrow's Times or sptimes.com for the full report.
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