Inglewood City Attorney Ken Campos has issued new Rules of Decorum to establish public guidelines to regulate speech on the city’s Facebook page. Particularly, comments made during the live broadcast of weekly council meetings every Tuesday starting at 2pm. Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts didn’t like the public’s comments during the September 15th meeting so he had the video deleted from the city’s Facebook page.
City Attorney Ken Campos is an employee, not an elected official, therefore it is not a stretch to conclude he is violating the law to appease this council. His office does selective enforcement of the Inglewood Municipal Code and state laws which has cost the city hundreds of thousands of dollars in the process in order to protect Butts’ fragile ego.
While watching the September 22nd meeting, residents commented they could see comments being deleted in real time. The social media team consists of Yakema Decatur, who monitors the comment section during the council meeting, and Thomas Bunn who controls the audio and visual display on the city’s Facebook page.
The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the interactive portion of a public official’s Facebook page is a “public forum,” so an official cannot block people from it because of the opinions they hold.
The case arose after the chair of a local board of supervisors in Virginia, Phyllis Randall, briefly blocked a critic from her official Facebook page and deleted a comment he made about her colleagues’ management of public funds.
Inglewood has blocked 2UrbanGIrls and multiple residents and members of the public from commenting on the city’s official Facebook page.
Ken Campos’ primary job is selectively enforcing the law when it benefits the mayor and city council. Whether its suing a resident, allowing a city employee to violate the Inglewood Municipal Code to run for office, and removing duties from the treasurer, Campos continues to bring liability to taxpayers.
Inglewood residents should demand the city attorney become elected BY THE PEOPLE in order to serve the people and NOT the council.
Residents can join the movement to stop the nonsense in city hall by joining the Concerned Residents Against Future Tax Entanglements (CRAFTE) by clicking here.