Kent Co. public meeting change-up: Legit or illegal?

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (via WOOD TV 8) — Protestors seeking to draw attention to the county’s cooperation with the federal government’s immigrant detention policy have been showing up at Kent County commission meetings to voice their outrage. 

The commission responded by moving the public out of its meetings, sparking a new series of protests. 

The county board is trying to avoid violating First Amendment rights of citizens while ensuring it can get its business done in an orderly fashion. Whether it has managed to walk that line is a matter of debate. 

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