ACLU wants Battle Creek to drop anti-panhandling proposals

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.
Cracking Down on Panhandling

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan wants Battle Creek officials to drop proposals being designed to regulate panhandling.

The Battle Creek Enquirer reports a letter from the ACLU says a proposed ordinance “will violate the constitutional rights of people who are struggling to survive, will criminalize a great deal of speech other than panhandling and will send a message that poor people are unwelcome in Battle Creek.”

The group’s letter comes as city commissioners hold public discussions on panhandling. Last week, the commission was presented with an outline of possible ideas such as regulating downtown activity or creating laws to curb loitering and aggressive begging citywide.

City Attorney Jill Steele says the city believes it’s addressed concerns but is awaiting input from the public about how to proceed.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s