David Hough apologizes to Local 2822 for security error

AFSCME Locals 2822 and 34 participated in a meeting of the Hennepin County

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Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, June 13, 2023. Fifteen of our workers spoke out against union retaliation and the targeting of Black leaders. We specifically addressed the recent firing of Tonicia Ambrose.

Four of Tonicia’s coworkers spoke out against their manager, Trina Bartok. Hennepin County Security incorrectly told members of Local 2822 they were not allowed to record public meeting comments. Security was wrong. Recording is allowed.

Below is David Hough’s apology for their error:


I was made aware that attendees of the June 13, 2023 committee meeting of the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners may have been instructed by county staff that they could not use their phones to video record speakers during open forum. I apologize for the error. It is permissible to video record board proceedings as long as the act of recording is not disruptive and otherwise complies with the Hennepin County Rules of Public Participation. I am attaching a copy of those rules for your convenience.

Staff have been informed that recording is generally permissible during county board meetings. Please contact me if you have questions.

Thank you.


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