Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

ACLU Challenges Panhandling Ordinance

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

ACLU Challenges Panhandling Ordinance

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OKLAHOMA CITY - The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma filed a motion for summary judgment on Tuesday in its challenge to Oklahoma City's recently enacted anti-panhandling ordinance.

The motion asks a federal judge to permanently block enforcement of the ordinance, which makes it a crime for citizens to sit, stand, or stay on most public medians in Oklahoma City.

"This Motion asks the United States District Court to protect the free speech rights of Oklahoma City citizens by striking down the city government's attempt to criminalize everything from panhandling to political speech and even neighbors talking to one another or walking their dogs in the grass of the city's many neighborhood medians," Brady Henderson, legal director of ACLU of Oklahoma, said in a press release. …

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