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ACLU Files Second Complaint Against Pocomoke Leaders

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POCOMOKE CITY, Md - For the second time in a month's time, the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland has filed an Open Meeting Act complaint against leaders in Pocomoke City. The ACLU believes this alleged violation should lead to the reinstatement of former police Chief Kelvin Sewell.

The firing of Chief Kelvin Sewell earlier this summer caused plenty of backlash throughout Pocomoke City and the roars of angry community members have not gotten any quieter.

"We feel strongly that we will be victorious in this battle of reinstatement for our chief of police, Chief K.D. Sewell," said the Rev. James Jones of New Macedonia Baptist Church.

Jones has been a vocal leader in the fight to get Sewell his position back in the city police department.  Now, Jones appears to have some more ammunition in his arsenal. The Maryland ACLU filed its second Open Meetings Act complaint this week.  The complaint states city leaders held two closed meetings back in June to discuss Sewell's firing.

The Maryland Open Meetings Act allows elected officials to hold closed meetings to discuss employment of city employees, but the ACLU states in the complaint that the public must be notified the meeting will be taking place.  The ACLU stated in the complaint there was no notification of the meeting in Pocomoke and the organization is calling for the Sewell to be reinstated because his firing was decided in the two closed meetings.

"It's clearly written.  It's understood that because things were not done within compliance, because things were not done properly and legally, that the chief should already have his job back."

The ACLU also added that for meetings to be closed, there must be a public vote to close them and the minutes of the closed meeting must be made available.  Neither of which has happened, according to the ACLU.

WBOC reached out to Pocomoke City Solicitor William Hudson about the complaints but Hudson had no comment on the issue.

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