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Battle Creek Panhandling Proposal Violates Constitution, ACLU of Michigan Warns City

Battle Creek Panhandling Proposal Violates Constitution, ACLU of Michigan Warns City

2016-07-26 00:00:00

The ACLU of Michigan has sent a letter to Battle Creek officials warning that anti-panhandling ordinances, which city officials announced they are considering, violate constitutional free-speech rights and suggest that the city doesn't want poor people.

In the letter sent on Monday, ACLU attorneys urge city leaders to dump the idea of the ordinance out of concerns that the ban was too broad, wouldn't withstand constitutional scrutiny and would also deem other forms of speech--such as solicitations for charities--to be illegal.

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The ACLU of Michigan has sent a letter to Battle Creek officials warning that anti-panhandling ordinances, which city officials announced they are considering...
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