Lawsuit of man who questioned police shootings dismissed

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Posted: Feb 10, 2016 8:54 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a former investigator for Chicago's Independent Police Review Authority, which investigates police shootings.

Lorenzo Davis alleged he lost his job because he determined several police shootings were unjustified. He argued his free speech rights were violated. The lawsuit gained attention after the release of a video showing a white police officer fatally shooting Laquan McDonald, a black 17-year-old.

U.S. District Judge Charles Kocoras ruled Wednesday that Davis wasn't entitled to protection under the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment because he was acting as a government employee, not as a private citizen.

Davis' lawyer, Torreya Hamilton, says she's considering an appeal. She also plans to file a lawsuit in Cook County alleging violations of state law.