New Hampshire’s highest court has ruled state DMV workers violated the free speech rights of a man who wanted “COPSLIE” on his license plate.
In an unanimous decision, the state Supreme Court agreed with the arguments of David Montenegro, who has legally changed his name to “human”. He wanted the plate to protest what he called government corruption.
New Hampshire argued that state workers were right to deny the plate, because the phrase disparages an entire class of people — police officers.
“It’s a great decision,” said Gilles Bissonnette of the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union. “It’s a victory for free speech rights in this state.:
human did not return calls or e-mails seeking comment, but he told WBZ-TV in November that he decided cops lie when he was arrested twice for attempted jaywalking and protesting police misconduct.
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