Trumpian? De Blasio administration blocks activist on Twitter until court ruling
The NYPD’s 28th Precinct and the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence blocked a criminal justice activist after she complained about her abuse case and cautioned other victims. The activist Grace Price, 47, sued the NYPD and the de Blasio administration in 2015. She argued that her constitutional rights were violated, citing the her 1st Amendment right to free speech.
The lawsuit was similar to one filed against Trump last summer. The de Blasio administration took a similar stance vs Price in court. “Why is the Mayor engaged in the very same kind of viewpoint discrimination it is critical of President Trump for engaging in?” Price asked. As for the Price lawsuit, she upset moderator of the NYPD’s 28th Precinct’s Twitter account when she highlighted that person accidentally tweeted a link to a jewelry website. The tweet was supposed to link to a list of touted domestic violence prevention scheduled events in 2014.
“Your selection is nice,” Price responded sarcastically on Twitter, noting the link “leads to a JEWELRY MALL.” “Victims be wary of the 2-8,” she cautioned in one tweet at the agency, referring to the 28th Precinct. Price contends officers there ignored her complaints against an abusive boyfriend. “The tweets were very benign,” she said. “But stuff that they don’t want out there. They don’t want other survivors hearing.” Afederal judge tossed the Twitter component of her lawsuit on a technicality. Judge Katherine Polk Failla said the city was allowed to block her because the legal claim was dealing with a new technology that had never been addressed by the court. But Judge Failla also put the city “on notice” regarding the practice of blocking people. “It may well be that this lawsuit, and this opinion, place the city on notice of the need to train its employees that the viewpoint discrimination is unlawful in forums governed by Free Speech Clause, including the city’s official Twitter accounts,” Failla ruled. “Indeed, the court hopes that it does.”