♦ During public comments Tuesday, Carolyn Logan was physically escorted from the Salisbury City Council meeting by police when she mentioned that Council had violated her 1st Amendment rights last week. The mayor seems not only unfamiliar with recommendations of the NC League of Municipalities and the UNC School of Government (SOG) on how to preside over public input with parliamentary procedure, but she also seems to be unaware that disagreement or the desire to challenge a speaker does not validate denying a speaker’s right to speak or to attend an open meeting in accordance with North Carolina’s General Statues.
This action by the mayor was a clear violation of Carolyn Logan’s 1st Amendment right to free speech and her North Carolina right to attend an open meeting. North Carolina’s open meeting law, as in NC § 143-318.10, guarantees a person is entitled to attend and is…
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