In a filing last Thursday, the City of Tallahassee asked a judge to dismiss a federal lawsuit filed by former Citizens Police Review Board (CPRB) member Taylor Biro.
Biro was removed from the CPRB by the Tallahassee City Commission late last year in a 3-2 vote. Her removal was related to her abolitionist views of law enforcement.
Following her removal, Biro filed a lawsuit arguing her free speech rights were violated.
In the filing, the City of Tallahassee argues that board members serve at the “exclusive pleasure of the City Commission and may be removed at any time.”
The filing noted that “The CPRB can be a powerful tool for positive change. But Plaintiff’s anti-police expressions worked to undermine its important but limited role. Under these circumstances, the First Amendment does not shelter Plaintiff from the political consequences of her actions.
In addition, the filing indicated that Biro’s “public endorsement of the anti-police rhetoric while attending Board meetings in her capacity as a Board member was fundamentally incompatible with the purpose and mission of the Board.”
Biro’s attorney, Marie Mattox, said a response to the City of Tallahassee motion will be filed by January 19th.