Friday, August 16, 2013
Ind. Courts - ACLU Files Suit to Stop Indianapolis from Violating Free Speech Rights of Panhandlers
From the news release:
The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed the class action lawsuit on behalf of four individuals who were unlawfully ordered to move by Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers for requesting donations within the past week. The plaintiffs, who all live in poverty, passively solicit contributions from pedestrians near Circle Centre Mall by holding up signs. They do not seek funds from people driving by, and do not verbally harass pedestrians. The plaintiffs’ activity is fully protected by the First Amendment.
ACLU of Indiana Legal Director Ken Falk said, “The First Amendment protects the rights of all people to ask for contributions, whether they are seeking political donations or asking for assistance for poor people on city sidewalks. This case seeks to vindicate a right that is fundamentally important for all.”
Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 16, 2013 03:33 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts