Strip club, police spar over security
May 17, 2013 10:30 AM
by HEATHER ROTH

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Attorneys for the Pittsburgh police and a downtown strip club have filed federal court arguments of a new policy banning city officers from working off-duty security details at such establishments.

In legal briefs filed Wednesday, attorneys for Blush — the strip club — 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.

But attorneys for the police said acting police Chief Regina McDonald has the right to govern where officers work in uniform, even when a private business is paying them. The city also contends that Blush’s free-speech rights aren’t being violated because the club continues to operate.

A federal judge is expected to rule on the dispute within weeks.

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