Greeley, Colorado City Limit

A sign at the city limits of Greeley.

The ACLU of Colorado took a victory lap Wednesday afternoon as it announced the city of Greeley had repealed its ban on people in traffic medians “for longer than necessary to cross the street.”

The ACLU had filed a lawsuit last month saying the ban violated the free speech rights on the public rights of way. The ban had been in place since 2015 to dissuade panhandling at intersections. A violation carried a $500 fine.

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“Greeley adopted the median ban to target people experiencing poverty, but its reach was much broader,” Mark Silverstein, ACLU of Colorado's legal director, said in a statement. “All people have the First Amendment right to access public spaces like medians for expressive activities, including asking for charity, engaging in political speech, and promoting businesses or organizations. Greeley’s restrictions on this conduct violated the Constitution.”

The repeal passed 6-0 Tuesday night, without public comment or debate in the meeting by council members. You can watch the meeting by clicking here.

ACLU of Colorado Staff Attorney Arash Jahanian added, “We applaud the city’s actions in repealing this unconstitutional ordinance. We encourage other cities to remove similar restrictions on the right to free expression, without the need for legal intervention.”

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