Sparks Police Officer George Forbush has filed a lawsuit against the City of Sparks and several of its senior staff claiming they violated his First Amendment rights. He is seeking $1 million in compensatory damages along with an additional sum for general and punitive damages and attorneys’ fees. The lawsuit is in response to a four-day suspension Forbush received in 2020 following an investigation into controversial social media posts that were deemed vile and threatening by many in the community. They said they were appalled by his commentary, which included transphobic comments, celebratory language about leftists and Black Lives Matter activists getting shot and referring to women as bitches and pussies. He also congratulated a Twitter account for posting personal information about a leftist activist, something his lawsuit complains was done to him. Screenshots of the Twitter posts were shared online, spurring a number of complaints to be filed with the Sparks Police Department.