By DAVID L. HUDSON Jr.
First Amendment Center
A former garbage-truck driver for the city of Franklin, Tenn., had no First Amendment right to report the allegedly violent conduct of his co-worker, a federal judge has ruled.
Ruben B. Pruitt Jr. worked as a driver/operator for Franklin’s Solid Waste Department.
In June 2010, while working with his partner, who is identified in court documents only as Mr. Allocco, Pruitt contended that Allocco flew into a violent rage and began beating the side of the truck.