PITTSBURGH (AP) — A federal judge says acting Pittsburgh police Chief Regina McDonald can’t prevent officers from working off-duty security details at strip clubs.
U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fisher’s ruling Monday also says the owners of one such club, Blush, can move forward with a lawsuit against the city for banning such work since March 13.
The club’s attorneys argued their free speech rights to provide nude dancing are being violated and they they’re being discriminated against because officers can still provide off-duty security at other types of night clubs and bars.
McDonald says such work brings “disrepute” on police and city attorneys had argued she can decide where officers work in uniform, even when a private business is paying them.
But Fisher agreed the club’s First Amendment rights were being violated because only strip clubs were singled out.