Blocking people on Facebook comes back to haunt governor and county takes notice
ROCKVILLE – Members of the Montgomery County Council say they’re taking notice after the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit against Gov. Larry Hogan.
The lawsuit, filed Monday, alleges that Hogan’s staff members deleted comments and blocked constituents from viewing his Facebook page.
“The highest purpose of the First Amendment is to protect the right of Americans to engage in political speech and to petition the government to address their concerns," said Deborah Jeon, legal director for the ACLU of Maryland in a statement.
A federal judge in Hawaii halted the latest executive order temporarily restricting travel from six Muslim majority nations. A federal judge in Greenbelt followed suit on Thursday, also blocking the travel ban.
Judge Derrick K. Watson from the United States District Court of Hawaii wrote Wednesday in his decision that President Donald J. Trump's executive order violated the First Amendment's Establishment Clause and caused irreparable harm to one of the plaintiffs Ismail Elshikh.
After hearing oral arguments Wednesday, United States District Court for the District of Maryland Judge Theodore Chuang also blocked Trump's travel ban Thursday deciding to issue an injunction against the executive order.
“The Maryland district court has issued yet another strong judicial condemnation of President Trump’s unconstitutional Muslim ban," said Omar Jadwat an attorney from the American Civil Liberties Union in a statement Thursday. "If, as promised, he continues to try to defend this indefensible order in the courts — or goes back to the first iteration of the ban — he will just keep losing.”
ACLU and county residents join in fight against Trump travel ban
The American Civil Liberties Union and other plaintiffs, including several county residents, filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in Maryland’s Southern Division against President Donald J. Trump and members of his administration, including Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
The suit challenges Trump’s recent travel ban, alleging it is unconstitutional.
Plaintiffs allege the ban “violates the Constitution - including the First Amendment's prohibition of government establishment of religion and the Fifth Amendment's guarantees of equal treatment under the law - and federal laws,” according to a ACLU news release.
SILVER SPRING – State Del. Ana Sol Gutierrez (D-18) said she is considering introducing a bill that would require all police agencies in Maryland to follow a common set of Taser guidelines and standards.
"It was clear that there was a need to put in place some of the recommended guidelines and standards,” said Gutierrez of federal standards on police Taser use.
Gutierrez attended a May 25 meeting featuring Montgomery County Police Officers Frank Stone and Greg Woodman.
The two officers discussed the Montgomery County Police Department’s use of force policy on Tasers and how they’re upgrading Taser equipment. The Montgomery County Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland hosted the forum.
Body cameras are making a niche for themselves in Montgomery County.