The ACLU of Colorado filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging that a Greeley ban is intended to target panhandlers, but that solicitation is speech protected by the First Amendment.
Greeley's Municipal code 11.01.809 says "no pedestrian may remain upon a median for longer than is reasonably necessary to cross the street." When active, violators of the ordinance could be punished by a fine of up to $500.
The ACLU said in a news release that medians are important for pedestrians to be able to communicate with motorists, advocate for political candidates and advertise business.
“We are pleased that Greeley has agreed to stop enforcing this unconstitutional law,” said Dan Williams, of Hutchinson, Black and Cook, which is litigating the case as an ACLU cooperating attorney. “We are proud to be part of this effort and hope that it will have a lasting impact not just in Greeley, but throughout Colorado.”
The city of Greeley has not yet responded to Colorado Politics' request for comment.