It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
Ward 9 Council Member Alondra Cano participated in Wednesday's Black Lives Matter protest at the Mall of America. Some Minneapolis residents wrote to her through the city's email system to express opposition to her involvement in the protest.
Cano posted images of at least four residents' comments on her public Twitter page during the afternoon. The images included the residents' full names and contact information that included addresses, phone numbers or emails.
Going to the MOA, closing private property and supporting illegal actions makes you unfit to be a Minneapolis City Council member. Please do not ask me for any more money...the answer is NO.
"I think it puts a huge chill on our democratic society when we can't communicate with our elected officials...without creating fear that those public officials will retaliate against an individual," Dent said. "It's really broken my trust in public officials and I believe she's damaged her own cause."
Cano did not respond to requests for comment from MPR News. But she said on Twitter Wednesday that the emails were public information.
State law says that "correspondence between individuals and elected officials is private data on individuals, but may be made public by either the sender or the recipient." Posting the comments also doesn't appear to be a violation of the city's code of ethics.
“Information you provide is subject to the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act. This law classifies certain information as available to the public on request.”
originally posted by: xuenchen
And will probably protest the criticisms.
“Not surprised that Im being targeted 4 supporting today’s #BlackLivesMatter event. Data practices requests are helpful in exposing racism,” she wrote, referring to her use of the state’s public records law to publicize the personal information of her critics.