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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Pa. - A group of constituents have slapped Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale with a lawsuit claiming he is violating their freedom of speech.

The group of seven say they were blocked from positing their opposing viewpoints on his Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts he uses for public office.

The lawsuit says the actions are unconstitutional under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Article I, Section 7 of the Pennsylvania Constitution.

The constituents want to be unblocked and have their access restored.

"Agitators,  anarchists and agent provocateurs will not be allowed to spew their lies and hate on my personal and campaign social-media platforms," Gale said in a statement in response to the lawsuit.

"I have already had to contact the police because of violent threats to my personal safety."

Gale has come under fire recently and was the subject of several protests after making disparaging remarks about the Black Lives Matter movement.

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