Missouri ACLU questions Belton's panhandling ban
BELTON (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union in Missouri has filed a lawsuit challenging a suburban Kansas City town's ban on begging as unconstitutional.
In the lawsuit filed recently in federal district court, the ACLU contends Belton's ban on panhandling deprived Roger Walker of Kansas City of his constitutional right to free speech when he was blocked from seeking donations there. Walker's complaint asks the court to award him unspecified damages and declare the Belton ordinance against panhandling unconstitutional.
Police Chief James Person referred questions to City Attorney Megan McGuire, who told The Kansas City Star the city is reviewing the lawsuit and had assigned the case to outside counsel