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ACLU Files Panhandler Suit Against Indy


A group of panhandlers has filed a lawsuit against the City of Indianapolis.


The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed suit on their behalf Friday. Four people claim metro police violated their free speech rights by forcing them to move while peacefully requesting donations near Circle Centre Mall this week. The suit claims they all passively solicited donations from bypassers by holding up signs.

ACLU Executive Director Jane Henegar says they did not harass pedestrians nor did they seek donations from cars passing by. Henegar says the city is infringing on their rights to be on city streets and express themselves.

Meantime, Mayor Spokesman Marc Lotter says they have not yet seen the lawsuit and that the ACLU lost in their last in federal court when the sued the city over its panhandling ordinance.



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