The ACLU gets $83,000 of tax payer money.
The homeless people the ACLU “cares” about get $100.
I call everyone involved on their bullshit and point out the the ACLU lawyer is a Jew.
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Fort Collins will no longer ticket people who passively panhandle in the city under a settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union.
The deal announced Monday settles a federal lawsuit brought by the ACLU accusing the city of going too far in cracking down on panhandlers.
Fort Collins has agreed to permanently drop some parts of its panhandling law, such as barring people from soliciting donations from anyone over 60 or near ATMs or bus stops. However, the city is keeping restrictions on aggressive panhandling. Panhandlers who try to intimidate people or touch or grab people while asking for money can still be ticketed.
The ACLU filed the lawsuit last month on behalf of four homeless people, Greenpeace and a 76-year-old woman who objected to the age restriction.
DENVER – The City of Fort Collins has agreed to stop arresting, ticketing, citing, or otherwise interfering with individuals who engage in passive solicitation as part of a settlement agreement announced jointly by the ACLU of Colorado and Fort Collins today.
The ACLU filed a lawsuit in early February alleging that both the Fort Collins panhandling ordinance and its enforcement by local police violated the First Amendment. According to the suit, the ordinance was overly broad and prohibited peaceful, polite and nonthreatening requests for charity. In addition, the ACLU presented evidence that the overwhelming majority of the City’s enforcement had been directed at individuals who only passively asked for charity by displaying a sign, an activity that was not actually prohibited by the challenged ordinance.
“The First Amendment protects the rights of all people, regardless of economic circumstances or social status, to make peaceful, non-threatening requests for charity,” said ACLU of Colorado Legal Director Mark Silverstein. “We were prepared to prove that the Fort Collins ordinance and the city’s campaign of enforcement, which went beyond the written words of the law, were unconstitutional.”
The City also agreed to pay the plaintiffs’ legal fees and costs, and to provide the ACLU with 45 days advance notice of any future proposals to reinstate or revise the repealed provisions of the ordinance.
“We commend Fort Collins for agreeing to a resolution that protects free speech rights and avoids lengthy and costly litigation,” said ACLU cooperating attorney Hugh Gottschalk of Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP. “The City handled this matter in a prompt, professional, and responsible manner.”
Silverstein on Tuesday morning said the group obtained copies of about 100 citations issued between August 2012 November 2014 and two-thirds of them were written for people who were taking part in “passive solicitation” like holding a sign. Silverstein in 2010 contacted the city attorney’s office after a street performer was warned by police his actions could be classified as violations of the panhandling ordinance.
The 29-page document also includes allegations from Greenpeace, Inc. that Fort Collins police have started targeting the activists’ canvassing procedures in Old Town. An officer in December reportedly told a canvasser those actions of soliciting donations were still illegal, according to the complaint.
“Greenpeace canvassers have ceased soliciting donations in downtown Fort Collins. Greenpeace wants to be free to continue it peaceful solicitation of donations without fear that police will enforce the challenged ordinance against its canvassers,” the suit reads.
Fort Collins municipal code restricts where and from whom individuals can solicit charity. Individuals are barred from panhandling within 100 feet of an ATM or bus stop, soliciting during nighttime hours and acting in a manner that is “threatening, intimidating, coercive or obscene.
As Fox31 points out, the portions of the ordinance that have been suspended pertain in part to bans against panhandling in certain locations, including near ATMs, bus stops and restaurant patios.
However, the suspension of these rules is only temporary at this point — something stressed by ACLU of Colorado legal director Mark Silverstein in a statement about the development:
“The City of Fort Collins has taken a positive and welcome first step by repealing the provisions of its panhandling ordinance that have been challenged by the ACLU and our clients, who engage in nonthreatening, nonaggressive requests for charity that are fully protected by the First Amendment. We hope that today’s repeal means that they and all other peaceful solicitors will no longer be targeted by Fort Collins police. Fort Collins can still rely on the provisions of the ordinance that we did not challenge to address truly aggressive solicitation without stifling free speech rights.
“If Fort Collins would agree to make today’s repeal permanent, we could be well on our way to resolving this litigation and putting it behind us. Fort Collins, however, has described today’s repeal as a temporary measure and has signaled that the repealed provisions may well be reenacted. The repealed provisions violate the First Amendment, and their repeal should be permanent, not temporary.”