Man claims panhandling is constitutional right, files suit against city
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Man claims panhandling is constitutional right, files suit against city

October 8, 2019


THE PAST COUPLE YEARS FOR PANHANDLING ARRESTS — A HOMELESS MAN IS SUING THE CITY OF ALBUQUERQUE. HE BELIEVES HE HAS EVERY RIGHT TO BEG FOR MONEY IN PUBLIC PLACES — AND THAT THE CITY’S RESTRICTIONS ON PANHANDLING ARE UNCONSTITUTIONAL. HIS ARGUMENT — IF PEOPLE ARE ALLOWED TO WORK THE SIDEWALKS AND MEDIANS TO ADVERTISE FOR CAR WASHES OR COLLECT SIGNATURES — HE’S ALLOWED TO PANHANDLE. HERE’S NEWS 13’S KATHERINE MOZZONE. THIS IS JEFFREY SEYMOUR. NATS OF CARS HE CLAIMS HE HAS A RIGHT TO PANHANDLE, HERE AT COORS BYPASS AND ELLISON. SEYMOUR WOULDN’T DO AN INTERVIEW ON CAMERA… BUT HIS LAWSUIT AGAINST THE CITY, ALBUQUERQUE POLICE AND ONE OF ITS OFFICERS, SAYS A LOT. THE SUIT ARGUES SEYMOUR’S CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS WERE VIOLATED WHEN APD CITED OR CHARGED HIM FOR PANHANDLING. NOT ONCE… BUT — . 11 TIMES LAST YEAR, AND FIVE TIMES THE YEAR BEFORE THAT. SEYMOUR CLAIMS THE CITY AND APD “UNLAWFULLY ARRESTED AND IMPRISONED” HIM UNDER THE “SAFETY IN PUBLIC PLACES” ORDINANCE — WHICH BANS PANHANDLING IN CERTAIN PLACES AND IN THE STREETS. “It depends on how you handle yourself.” THIS PANHANDLER DIDN’T WANT TO BE NAMED, BUT SHE SAYS SHE SEES BOTH SIDES signs, as long as you’re not being aggressive.” SEYMOUR FITS THE BILL, ACCORDING TO HIS SUIT. IT ARGUES HE “ENGAGES IN ‘PASSIVE’ PANHANDLING” — ONLY APPROACHING PEOPLE WHEN THEY SHOW AN INTEREST IN DONATING. BUT THIS WOMAN SAYS, MANY PANHANDLERS MAKE THEIR OWN RULES.. “I’ve seen people yelling into other people’s windows. Uh, jumping out into traffic.” SHE SAYS THERE’S A RIGHT PLACE AND A WRONG PLACE TO PANHANDLE, TOO. BUT JEFFREY SEYMOUR’S LAWSUIT CLAIMS THE CITY’S “SAFETY IN PUBLIC PLACES ORDINANCE” — ON ITS FACE — VIOLATES HIS FREE SPEECH RIGHTS. NOW HE WANTS A RULING FROM A FEDERAL COURT — SAYING EXACTLY THAT. WE REACHED OUT TO THE CITY. IN A STATEMENT THE CITY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE SAYS THEY ALWAYS TRY TO BALANCE FREEDOM OF SPEECH WITH PEDESTRIAN AND TRAFFIC SAFETY. YOU CAN READ THE FULL STATEMENT ON OUR WEBSITE OR KRQE NEWS APP. BACK TO YOU.

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  1. Nah I dislike when I get at a red light and there is some guy starring at me with a giant sign with lies written on it.

  2. You know, if I didn't have pride, I'd go out and pan-handle too… and make a tax free $20-50$ an hour depending on how people are feeling that day.

    Get a fucking productive job you piece of shit. Homelessness is a choice.

  3. I'm ordered by divorce judge 2 be homeless a condition of my divorce is life sentence of begging by the courts of the land

  4. They're domestic terrorists n' they fight the government so he's fightin g them with laws. They don't like to go by laws of any country. they are a crime syndicate. These are gang stalkers. They're in a residential area because there's plants on teh road looks like. it's a law businesses have to put plants around if their located in a residential area. but it's just the street so they maybe put them there in the city.

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