ACLU Says Reporters Barred From Pocomoke Council Meeting - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

ACLU Says Reporters Barred From Pocomoke Council Meeting

Posted: Updated:
(Photo: WBOC) (Photo: WBOC)

POCOMOKE CITY, Md. (AP/WBOC)- The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland says reporters were illegally barred from a Pocomoke City council meeting during which the recent firing of the city's police chief was discussed.
    
In a complaint filed Friday with the Maryland Open Meetings Compliance Board, the ACLU says city officials violated both the state's Open Meetings Act and the First Amendment in excluding reporters from the meeting.

"The Pocomoke City Council is undeniably a public body under the OPA, and the Act defines 'open session' to mean open to all meaning both the public and the press," the complaint says. "Not only is this true under the Open Meetings Act, it is true under the U.S. Constitution: The First Amendment guarantees that the press and the public enjoy equal access to government information and proceedings, including Town Council meetings, making it unconstitutional for the government to bar reporters from meetings open to the public at large."
    
Pocomoke City's attorney says he is not aware of any instructions given to police to bar reporters from the crowded July 13 meeting.
    
Former chief Kelvin Sewell, who is black, says he was fired for refusing to terminate two other black officers who, like Sewell, have filed job discrimination complaints.
    
City officials emphatically deny that Sewell was ousted because he refused to fire the two officers.

  • Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>>

  • Rehoboth Beach Police Looking for Theft Suspects

    Rehoboth Beach Police Looking for Theft Suspects

    The Rehoboth Beach Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying two people involved with stealing from an arcade. The incident happened around 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Beach Arcade. 

    More

    The Rehoboth Beach Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying two people involved with stealing from an arcade. The incident happened around 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Beach Arcade. 

    More
  • Pennsylvania Woman Wounded by Windswept Umbrella on Ocean City Beach

    Pennsylvania Woman Wounded by Windswept Umbrella on Ocean City Beach

    A scary scene on the Ocean City beach Sunday afternoon after a Pennsylvania woman was wounded by a windswept umbrella. Ocean City Beach Patrol said the incident happened on the 54th Street beach, and they received the call just after 3 p.m. Beach Patrol said an unattended umbrella swept by the wind pierced the woman's skin on her upper left chest. However, Captain Butch Arbin who was on scene said it was a non-life threatening injury.

    More

    A scary scene on the Ocean City beach Sunday afternoon after a Pennsylvania woman was wounded by a windswept umbrella. Ocean City Beach Patrol said the incident happened on the 54th Street beach, and they received the call just after 3 p.m. Beach Patrol said an unattended umbrella swept by the wind pierced the woman's skin on her upper left chest. However, Captain Butch Arbin who was on scene said it was a non-life threatening injury.

    More
  • State Police Looking For Suspect in Deadly Laurel Shooting

    State Police Looking For Suspect in Deadly Laurel Shooting

    Delaware State Police are asking for the public's help in finding suspects wanted in connection to a deadly shooting.

    More

    Delaware State Police are asking for the public's help in finding suspects wanted in connection to a deadly shooting.

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices