- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina newspaper is suing to make public dozens of video recordings of political gatherings and demonstrations.

The Citizen-Times of Asheville (https://avlne.ws/1wVmrK2 ) says in a lawsuit filed Monday that keeping the recordings secret will have a “chilling effect” on the First Amendment right of the public to demonstrate.

The videos date from 1980 and range from anti-war rallies and immigration protests to the Mountain Moral Mondays rally in August.

The lawsuit alleges the videos are covered by North Carolina’s public records law. The paper also says police aren’t using the records as part of ongoing criminal investigations.

Civil libertarians have questioned the police recordings. Asheville police have given conflicting explanations for the practice, from saying the videos aid in training to saying they could be part of criminal investigations.

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Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, https://www.citizen-times.com

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