Chicago Homeless Men Say Arrests Violate Civil Rights


Attorneys for four Chicago homeless panhandlers who solicit money near downtown bridges filed a federal civil rights lawsuit yesterday charging that Chicago police and the city violated their free-speech rights by arresting them on several occasions, the Chicago Tribune reports. The panhandlers, ranging from age 26 to 56, named the city and 18 police officers who have either arrested or issued fines to the men.

The suit says that police enforcing city ordinances that prohibit people or vehicles from congregating and or blocking bridges have harassed and singled out the men. The suit maintains that the laws are unconstitutional and violate their freedom of speech and 14th Amendment rights.


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