Gwinnett County Commissioner Tommy Hunter files federal lawsuit over public reprimand

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The Gwinnett County commissioner who was reprimanded for calling Congressman John Lewis a "racist pig" is now suing over the decision.

In a federal lawsuit filed just last week, Tommy Hunter is asking for $5 million in damages.

The lawsuit claims that public reprimand violated Hunter's right to free speech and has caused economic damage.

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Hunter made his controversial statement in a Facebook post in 2017 during the Martin Luther King Jr holiday weekend.

Hunter remains on the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners.



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