Lawsuit filed by man stopped from sharing beliefs

Published 9:26 am Friday, April 17, 2015

ST. PAUL  — A man turned away from spreading his religious beliefs at a fair in St. Paul is suing the city and police.

In his federal lawsuit, David Miller said his First Amendment free speech rights were violated. Miller and several friends had gathered outside the entrance to the Irish Fair last August. Miller said he wanted to share his religious views through conversations, literature and signs. Police told Miller protests weren’t allowed at the fair. Miller countered that he didn’t plan to protest, just share his beliefs.

Miller and his friends were told to leave. Miller contends his banishment from the event violated his constitutional rights.

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St. Paul City Attorney Samuel Clark said he’s reviewing the lawsuit.