The ACLU of Missouri sued the City of Wentzville on Thursday on behalf of a Sally.
“The right to disagree with public officials without retribution is at the heart of a thriving democracy,” Tony Rothert, ACLU of Missouri Legal Director, said in a news release. “Just because a public official does not like what someone says about his decision it does not give him the right to intimidate someone or censor constitutionally protected speech.”
Sally Hunt, a PR Director for The Original Motto Project, says Mayor Nick Guccione interrupted her during her allotted speaking time at a Feb. 14 council meeting and then had police officers forcibly remove her from the building, according to the lawsuit. The suit alleges the city violated her First Amendment rights because she opposed the “In God We Trust” sign.
The lawsuit seeks a judgment in favor of Hunt and “nominal damages.”
We will be following this case closely. Follow us for updates as we get them.