ACLU sues Grand Junction over aggressive panhandling ordinance

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the city of Grand Junction over an aggressive panhandling ordinance on the grounds that its wording is too broad and could apply to people who are peacefully asking for donations.

Grand Junction’s ordinance goes into effect Sunday.

The lawsuit filed in Colorado’s U.S. District Court on Tuesday.

Plaintiffs include local residents, Debra Browne of Palisade; Mary Jane Sanchez of Grand Junction; Cynthia Stewart of Grand Junction; Steve Kilcrease who is a street musician working for tips in Grand Junction; the nonprofit organization, Humanists Doing Good, which conducts fundraising activities in Grand Junction; and Grand Junction resident Eric Niederkruger, who identifies as an “at-risk” individual.

According to Grand Junction’s ordinance, a person is not allowed to knowingly ask for donations from an at-risk person.

Grand Junction’s ordinance also limits the times of the days and the manners in which people can panhandle.


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