Arkansas police department sued over deleted Facebook post
Aug. 08, 2018
WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. (AP) — A federal lawsuit alleges that an Arkansas police department violated free-speech rights when the agency deleted links posted to its public Facebook page.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that attorney Kesha M. Chiappinelli on Monday filed the lawsuit against Walnut Ridge Mayor Charles Snapp and former police chief Chris Kirksey.
The lawsuit says William Whitfield Hyman and Natalie Hyman posted links on the department's Facebook page to body camera footage of a December 2016 arrest. The lawsuit says the posts were later deleted. The Hymans are seeking for the posts to be restored.
Snapp didn't immediately respond to the newspaper's request for comment Tuesday.
John Tull is a lawyer for the Arkansas Press Association. He says much of the case will depend on whether the social media platform is deemed a "public forum" or "limited public forum."
Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com