ACLU accuses Guilford Co. Commissioner of blocking free speech

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP)— The American Civil Liberties Union is accusing a Guilford County Commissioner of blocking free speech after banning certain videos from being played at meetings.

A video clip was shown at a meeting in October endorsing conservative candidates. Commissioner Skip Alston called it manipulating.

"It's not appropriate for anybody to use our media and our meeting time in order to put forth their own personal agenda and that is to get their candidates elected to the city council of Greensboro," he said.

The American Civil Liberties Union sent the Guilford County Commissioner a 5-page letter saying they were wrong to ban videos being shown at meetings.

Since this case, it's now up the County Commissioners to decide if a video is allowed to be shown prior to the board meeting. Alston said the video has to be county-related.

Jodi Riddleberg is with the Conservatives for Guilford County and said she now has the ACLU on her side.

"I am very concerned about the blatant violation of our constitutional right of freedom of speech by some members of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners," Riddleberg said.

The Board hosts a meeting Thursday night.