Wed., June 6, 2012 7:58am (EDT)

State Sues Cumming Over Open Meetings
By Associated Press
Updated: 2 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Forsyth County Superior Court, Attorney General Sam Olens claims that Cumming Mayor H. Ford Gravitt ordered a woman to stop videotaping a city council meeting in April. Georgia’s open meetings law allows for videotaping at public meetings. (Photo Courtesy of Sílvio Gabriel Spannenberg via stock.xchng.)
In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Forsyth County Superior Court, Attorney General Sam Olens claims that Cumming Mayor H. Ford Gravitt ordered a woman to stop videotaping a city council meeting in April. Georgia’s open meetings law allows for videotaping at public meetings. (Photo Courtesy of Sílvio Gabriel Spannenberg via stock.xchng.)
Georgia's attorney general has filed a lawsuit against a suburban Atlanta city and its mayor for alleged violations of the state's open meetings law, which says visual and sound recording is allowed during open meetings.

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Forsyth County Superior Court, Attorney General Sam Olens claims that Cumming Mayor H. Ford Gravitt ordered a woman to stop videotaping a city council meeting in April and had her and the camera forcibly removed from the room. Olens says the woman later returned to the meeting and tried to record it with her cell phone and was ordered to stop recording.

Gravitt did not immediately return a call seeking comment Tuesday afternoon.

The lawsuit asks the court to impose fines for the alleged violations.