Reporter Deb Gruver from the Marion County Record inked the phrase “FREEDOM OF THE PRESS” onto her arm on Wednesday. She claims in her lawsuit that Police Chief Gideon Cody recklessly infringed on her fundamental rights.
Reporter Deb Gruver Accuses Police Gideon Cody of Violating Her Constitutional Rights
Police Chief Gideon Cody is being sued by reporter Deb Gruver. According to Sherman Smith editor of the Kansas Reflector, reporter Deb Gruver filed a lawsuit in federal court on Wednesday claiming that Cody had no legal justification for removing reporter Deb Gruver personal cellphone. Reporter Deb Gruver is suing Cody for violating her rights under the First Amendment to freedom of the press and the Fourth Amendment to be free from unreasonable search and seizure. Reporter Deb Gruver is requesting damages for emotional pain, mental agony and physical harm.
Reporters Planned to Follow Every Lead of Improper Behavior Complaints of Reporter Deb Gruver
Reporters were going to chase every trail once they learned about story especially one meaty and complex as the Marion raid. They would quickly learn if Cody had ever been the subject of improper behavior complaints. The Kansas City Star claimed on August 16 that the police chief had quit the department and was in trouble before a newspaper raid in Kansas. The Record then provided its own thorough coverage. This self righteous central cast makes the drama seem unlikely to fizzle out anytime soon. Instead smoldering embers will start many little fires and journalists from local and national news organizations will assiduously cover each one. This is how the news operates. This has always been the way that news has operated though. Following behind the Reflector will make an effort to tell sparks from flames.