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."
Three people are filing a lawsuit against the city of Johnson City claiming their first amendment rights were violated during the TriPride Parade festival last year.
Jeremiah Waldrop, Arthur Fisher, and Phillip Self are the three that have filed suit against the city. According to court documents filed, the suit is challenging the manner of how Johnson City’s “special events policy” was interpreted and enforced by law enforcement against them, and that the policy allegedly violates the three’s constitutional rights. A statement from Johnson City says these individuals were seeking to further their religious, political, and social beliefs. The complaint against the city is currently under investigation and no further public comment will be made at this time.
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