The head of the American Civil Liberties Union in South Carolina is questioning a South Carolina sheriff’s authority.
Colleton County Sheriff George Malone made a rule for his employees to not be allowed to visit nightclubs or bars after they get off of work, claiming the act would be considered “unethical.” The rule applies to any employee, patrolling the roads, or in-office clerks. However, the state’s American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU, executive director Victoria Middleton says Malone overstepped his boundaries.
The Associated Press reports Middleton thinks the warning may infringe on First Amendment rights to association of the employees. Malone had said any employee that did not follow the rules would be reprimanded, and possibly lose his or her job.
This measure came after two recent deadly shootings occurred from arguments initiating in a nightclub or bar.