Popular Maui Facebook page at center of Maui County lawsuit
WAILUKU, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) -
Another free speech lawsuit has been filed against Maui County and this time it involves the popular MAUIWatch Facebook page.
The ACLU is filing suit on behalf of MAUIWatch founder Neldon Mamuad.
He's also a part time county employee.
The lawsuit says the county tried to restrict what Mamuad could post on his page on his own time. The alleged harassment dates back to last year when the page started as TagumaWatch, which highlighted the exploits of an officer infamous for writing tickets.
The ACLU says the county investigated Mamuad and told him he violated work policies.
"He like every other individual in Maui County has a right to criticize county officials, to write satire about those county officials and that's exactly what he has done here, said Daniel Gluck of the ACLU. This is the third free speech lawsuit against Maui County recently.
Last year the county settled a suit over where Martin Luther King Day marchers could sign wave and last month Pastor Strat Goodhue and his wife accused police of forcing them to leave a sidewalk at the Maui County fair where they had been passing out religious flyers.
The county had no comment on this latest lawsuit, but says it is hiring special council to potentially fight the case in federal court.