Three People Filing Lawsuit Against City of Johnson City, Claims First Amendment Rights Violated During 2018 TriPride Parade Festival

"The City has been made aware of a lawsuit filed against it that claims certain First Amendment free speech rights were violated during the TriPride Parade and Festival on Sept. 15, 2018. The plaintiffs are individuals who were seeking to further their religious, political, and social beliefs. The City understands the constitution protects the rights of citizens who peacefully assemble, including those seeking to persuade others who may not share the same point of view. However, freedom of speech is subject to time, place and manner limitations. The City is currently investigating the legal complaint filed against it and will not make any further public comment until the investigation is complete."