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Washington AG fires investigator who stiffed a waitress on a tip for wearing a Black Lives Matter pin

On Friday, Steve Fogg, an attorney for Steiger, said that the termination would violate Steiger's First Amendment Rights.

In a lengthy statement, Fogg said, "Terminating Cloyd is both a mistake and illegal. It is uncontested that Cloyd has served the public well for over forty years — his personnel record with the AG is spotless and he has been instrumental in solving dozens of homicides. The AG is firing Cloyd not because he didn't do his job (he did it well) and not because he didn't tip a waitress and raised his voice — if the AG fired people for that sort of private behavior, the ranks of the AG would be thin indeed."

"The AG," he continued, "fired Cloyd for expressing political opinions as a private citizen with which some members of the AG's Office disagreed. That is not just illegal, but sets a frightening precedent that we will have no choice but to contest in court."

Of the initial incident itself, Fogg said Steiger's "emotions were running high because he has two sons who are Seattle police officers," as The Times reported, "one of whom had been involved in confrontations with BLM protesters at the East Precinct."

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