Franklin restaurant targeted by white supremacists sues mayor and police chief over response

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The owner of a Franklin, N.H., restaurant who became the subject of online harassment by white supremacists after she denounced a hate group last summer is suing city officials, including the mayor and police chief, alleging they violated her civil rights through a number of retaliatory actions.

The lawsuit comes after more than a year of back and forth interactions between Miriam Kovacs, a Jewish resident of Franklin, and city officials that included a public rebuke of Kovacs by Franklin Police Chief David Goldstein.

Last July, Kovacs used the Instagram page of her restaurant, Broken Spoon, to denounce a rally held by members of the hate group NSC-131 in Kittery, Maine. The restaurant was subsequently flooded with one-star online reviews as well as antisemitic threats. She alleges in her lawsuit that after she asked local police to investigate, the “government did not provide protection.”

“Instead, it adopted a policy of retaliatory viewpoint discrimination against her,” her lawsuit alleges.

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