Gary Chambers, others sue Scott Wilson over contentious Metro Council meetings
Three black community activists have filed a lawsuit against Metro Council Chairman and Mayor Pro Tem Scott Wilson, who is white, alleging “viewpoint discrimination.”
In a lawsuit filed earlier today in U.S. District Court, The Rouge Collection Publisher Gary Chambers, local NAACP chapter President Michael McClanahan and Eugene Collins allege Wilson violated their First Amendment rights by having them forcibly removed from the May 10 Metro Council meeting. The three men tried to bring up for discussion the subject of Alton Sterling and the Baton Rouge Police Department’s treatment of African-American suspects during the meeting.
Sterling, who was black, was killed by two BRPD officers on July 5, 2016. A federal civil rights investigation failed to turn up any wrongdoing after a 10-month investigation that ended in May. Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry’s office has had the case ever since but has yet to issue any findings.