Ruotolo v. City of New York

Appellant's Brief


NYPD officer sued City of NY alleging retaliation for writing a report that uncovered environmental hazards in a NYC police precinct. Officer, a 20 year veteran with rank of sergeant, was subjected to harassment, loss of overtime, transfer to undesirable precinct after his report caused the city embarrassment and required significant expense to remediate environmental problems. Officer was cited for minor rules violation which led to his forced retirement out of fear of losing his pension. Brought First Amendment retaliation claims that were dismissed right before trial after Supreme Court ruling that addressed issues in his case, trial court refused request to amend complaint to comply with ruling. Appealed case on procedural and substantive grounds.

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Reference Info:Appellate Brief | Federal, 2nd Circuit, New York | United States

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