The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania and the law firm of McCausland Keen & Buckman filed a federal lawsuit on February 14, 2012, against the city of Philadelphia on behalf of Mark Fiorino, a gun rights advocate who legally carries an unconcealed weapon in public. The suit alleges that the Philadelphia Police Department filed retaliatory charges against Fiorino after it learned that there was a YouTube recording of Philadelphia police officers threatening to shoot and screaming profanities at an unresisting Fiorino in February 2011. Fiorino was cleared of all charges in October 2011.

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Benjamin Picker & Glenn Gitomer (McCausland Keen & Buckman); Mary Catherine Roper & Chris Markos (ACLU of Pennsylvania)

Date filed

February 14, 2012


U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania