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ACLU Sues Monroe Co. Sheriff For Hiding Facebook Comments

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((WFIU/WTIU News))

The ACLU of Indiana is filing a lawsuit against the Monroe County Sheriff for hiding Facebook comments critical of the department's enforcement of federal immigration law.

An ACLU press release Friday says the lawsuit filed on behalf of Ms. Christine Popp is based on viewpoint-based discrimination violating the U.S. Constitution First Amendment.

Popp is a practicing immigration attorney. The release says her comments on the Monroe County Sheriff's Department Facebook page were intended to inform the public about immigration law and the role local officials play in the enforcement of immigration law.

Monroe County Sheriff Brad Swain says neither he nor anyone in his administration purposely hid or deleted any comments.

"If anyone could see that the...that the comments against the policy on ICE generated a wide margin of people that supported the policy versus those who were against it," he says. "So, by making a comment of that, it just generated more support for my office. So the motivation to do so is just not there."

Swain and Popp clashed earlier this year over the Sheriff's Department's policy on notifying Immigration and Customs Enforcement about crimes.

Emma Atkinson contributed to this story.

This story has been updated.

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