Newtown Township Solicitor instructs police to remove political signs based on outdated information

    It’s always important to have the most up-to-date information, as Newtown Township (Delaware County) Solicitor Bruce Irvine recently found out.

    Newtown Police Department officials say that Irvine instructed members of the police force to remove all political signs endorsing or opposing primary candidates prior to the elections because of outdated legislation.

    Irvine said that he “reviewed the rules and regulations pertaining to Newtown police,” which stated that police should abstain from displaying political signs.

    The legislation Irvine consulted was from 1956, and rules and regulations for the Newtown Police were updated in 1985.

    The Delaware County Daily Times has the whole messy report, which includes allegation of First Amendment rights violations and you can read more about primary signage removal from WHYY’s Tom MacDonald later today.

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