News Release | Center for Litigation

Victory for NY’s Bravest as FDNY Halts Investigation

Washington, DC — New York's Bravest secure a significant victory as the FDNY announces the end of its investigation into firefighters' exercise of their First Amendment rights. During Attorney General James' speech at the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn on March 7, 2024, firefighters expressed their opinions, including chants of support for Donald Trump and boos for Attorney General James. Today, the FDNY agreed that no firefighter will face punishment for exercising their constitutional freedoms.

“This victory underscores the fundamental principle that the rights enshrined in our First Amendment are not negotiable,” said Pam Bondi, former Florida Attorney General and Chair for the Center for Litigation at AFPI. “Now, our firefighters can focus on their critical mission of keeping Americans safe, without fear of reprisal or censorship.”

AFPI recognizes the importance of protecting the rights of all Americans, including our first responders who selflessly serve our communities, and sent a letter to FDNY urging respect their constitutional freedoms. We applaud the FDNY’s decision to prioritize the constitutional freedoms of its members and ensure they can continue their vital work without fear of reprisal.

View the original letter to FDNY here.

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