Kelley v. Johnson

PETITIONER:Kelley
RESPONDENT:Johnson
LOCATION:Vermillion Police Station

DOCKET NO.: 74-1269
DECIDED BY: Burger Court (1975-1981)
LOWER COURT: United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

CITATION: 425 US 238 (1976)
ARGUED: Dec 08, 1975
DECIDED: Apr 05, 1976

ADVOCATES:
James Van R. Springer – for International Brotherhood of Police Officers, amicus curiae
Leonard D. Wexler – for respondent; Richard T
Patrick A. Sweeney – for petitioner; Howard E

Facts of the case

In 1971 the predecessor of the defender as the president of the Suffolk County Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association alleged the claim against the predecessor of the appellant, the Commissioner of the Suffolk County Police Department. The complaint was grounded under the Civil Rights Act of 1871 that enacted the rules regarding the hair style and length, the prohibition of the beards for the policemen.