ACLU says panhandling is free speech - Denver
Several groups plan to fight Colorado Springs ban.
The ACLU is challenging a panhandling ban that has both the homeless as well as street musicians and advocacy groups upset.
Is asking for money -- or verbal abuse, protected speech?
The ACLU came to Denver to file its legal challenge, joined by several homeless, street musicians, and advocacy groups who all say they rely on donations collected in the busy area to survive. They also claim the ban stifles free speech.
The city voted to pass the ban in the hopes of improving the safety and appearance of the downtown area and to prevent people from being approached and solicited for money.
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