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City settles panhandling lawsuit at undisclosed amount

August 26, 2019


PANHANDLER LAST YEAR. HE ARGUED HE HAD EVERY RIGHT TO STAND ON A MEDIAN AND ASK FOR MONEY. SO WHAT WILL THAT MEAN FOR THE NEW PANHANDLING LAW THAT JUST WENT INTO EFFECT THIS YEAR? NEWS 13 )S REBECCA ATKINS IS LIVE AT RIO GRANDE AND I-40 WITH THE STORY — REBECCA. DEAN, THE BATTLE OVER WHETHER PEOPLE CAN STAND ON MEDIANS LIKE THIS ONE AND PANHANDLE CONTINUES. CITY COUNCILORS ARE HOPING THE NEW LAW WILL HOLD UP TO LEGAL CHALLENGES BETTER THAN THE LAST ONE. IF YOU DRIVE AROUND ALBUQUERQUE YOU )VE LIKELY SEEN JEFFREY SEYMOUR PANHANDLING. ONE OF HIS FAVORITE SPOTS? A MEDIAN ON COORS. AFTER GETTING ARRESTED TIME, AND TIME AGAIN, HE FILED THIS LAWSUIT AGAINST THE CITY OF ALBUQUERQUE AND APD. 0:45 “You should be allowed to be out here holding our signs as long as you )re not being aggressive.” 0:50 AT THE TIME OTHER PANHANDLERS SUPPORTED HIS CAUSE. IN THE LAWSUIT, SEYMOUR ARGUED THAT HIS CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS WERE VIOLATED WHEN APD CITED AND CHARGED HIM FOR PANHANDLING, MORE THAN 15 TIMES–UNDER THE OLD ORDINANCE THAT BANNED PANHANDLERS FROM MEDIANS AND CURBS IF THEY BLOCKED TRAFFIC. WHILE THE CITY )S NEW ORDINANCE IS MORE SPECIFIC — IT )S HEADING TOWARD A LEGAL BATTLE AS WELL. 1:16 “From a legal perspective, and it is just downright unconstitutional.” 1:19 THAT WAS AN ACLU ATTORNEY EARLIER THIS MONTH TALKING ABOUT THE LAWSUIT IT FILED OVER THE CITY )S NEW (PEDESTRIAN SAFETY ORDINANCE (. 4:28 “This is a piece of legislation, we )ve worked on quite a while to make sure we did no harm.” 4:33 THE ACLU SAYS ALTHOUGH IT DOESN )T SPECIFICALLY MENTION PANHANDLERS, IT DIRECTLY TARGETS THEM. 0:00 “They aren )t fooling anyone.” 0:01 A CITY COUNCILOR WE SPOKE WITH SAYS THIS SETTLED LAWSUIT HAS NO BEARING ON THE NEW ORDINANCE… 5:55 “It proposes to limit the locations that pedestrians can stand in or congregate within high capacity, high speed roadways.” 6:02 THE ORDINANCE SPECIFICALLY BANS PEOPLE FROM STANDING IN SPECIFIC PLACES — LIKE FREEWAY OFF- RAMPS AND MEDIANS WITHOUT SIDEWALKS — AND BANS PEOPLE FROM ANY PHYSICAL INTERACTION OR EXCHANGE WITH DRIVERS AT ANY OFF-RAMP OR INTERSECTION — ALL IN THE NAME OF SAFETY. 6:09 “It proposes to limit or prohibit physical exchanges between pedestrians and vehicles.” 6:14 EXCHANGES THAT OFTEN INVOLVE MONEY. THE CITY ATTORNEY )S OFFICE WOULD NOT TELL US HOW MUCH IT )S SETTLING FOR. THE MAYOR )S OFFICE SAYS THE LAWSUIT WAS SETTLED THROUGH THE CITY )S CLAIMS REVIEW BOARD. DEAN, BACK TO YOU. OKAY REBECCA. WE ALSO SPOKE WITH A-P-D ABOUT THE NEW ORDINANCE. THEY SAY FOR THE TIME-BEING THEY )VE BEEN TOLD TO GIVE WARNINGS AND EDUCATE PEOPLE ABOUT THE NEW LAW.

4 Comments

  • Reply SERGIO BACA January 27, 2018 at 2:49 am

    This is what happens when you have Liberals running this shit

  • Reply Charles Darwin January 27, 2018 at 4:32 am

    I dont care if the pope himself is standing on the median, its a danger to the public and to themselves.

  • Reply J& K January 27, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    Any stats? How many accidents, injuries etc have been adjudicated? Instead of mumbling about where people give their money to who ever the hell they want, tell us how many deaths, injuries or accidents were attributed solely to panhandlers being handed cash by FREE AMERICANS.

  • Reply Richard Sumtheeng January 31, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    Well… Does it ban protesting in those areas as well? Seems like it from the wording expressed here.

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