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Police officer sues over BMV revoking 'OINK' plate

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- A central Indiana police officer is challenging the state Bureau of Motor Vehicles decision to revoke his license plate that read "OINK," arguing in a lawsuit that the decision was unconstitutional.

Kenneth Falk, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, is representing Greenfield police Officer Rodney Vawter in the lawsuit.

He tells The Indianapolis Star it is a free speech issue. He says the state can't deny requests for plates with explanations using vague terms such as offensive or misleading.

A BMV spokesman declined comment, saying the agency does not comment on pending litigation.

The lawsuit filed May 2 is being filed as a class-action lawsuit intended to bring relief to others denied specialized plates by the BMV.

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