Portland activist challenges city in federal court

Joe Walsh was excluded from city council meetings 3 times

Inside Portland City Hall (Undated photo, Sera)
Inside Portland City Hall (Undated photo, Sera)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A Portland activist who has been removed from several City Council meetings over the years is taking the city to federal court.

The Oregonian reports that Joe Walsh has asked a federal judge to issue a restraining order against the city of Portland to prevent officials from excluding activists from council sessions and City Hall who they consider have been “acting inappropriately.”

The city excluded Walsh from council meetings three times between September 2014 and July 2015. He was excluded for 60 days on one occasion and 30 days for the other two.

Walsh is also seeking a permanent injunction against future exclusions, citing a violation of First Amendment rights.

The city maintains that Walsh was thrown out for being disruptive, and not for any view or opinion he expressed.

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