Officials with the Genesee Valley American Civil Liberties Union say the February 12th public meeting at the Monroe County Office Building raises several questions about civil liberties and the way republican lawmakers handled that meeting. “Our mission it to look at Constitutional rights and the Bill of Rights and of course we have some real questions about what happened in regards to the First Amendment,” said ACLU Executive Director Gary Pudup. Pudup says the ACLU is investigating those concerns to determine whether the civil liberties of residents were violated. “One of our concerns is with the Freedom of Speech and the chilling effect that government actions can have one people right to express their opinion to their government bodies and their government leaders,” said Pudup. At the February 12th public hearing Republican lawmakers limited the number of people allowed in the council chamber, extra police officers were called in, residents had to go through metal detectors, and some weren't even allowed in the building. Republican leaders say the extra measures were necessary after to a threat of violence. The ACLU questions whether there was any such threat. “Some of the question we have is "was there a threat at all? or, was this a tactic that was used by the legislature just to quell public concern and outcry about what had happened at this process,” said Pudup. Some grassroots groups and residents have talked about suing the county for the actions Republican lawmakers took at that meeting. So far none has been filed.