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City to pay thousands for enforcing panhandling ordinance

September 6, 2019


ENFORCING THE CONTROVERSIAL PANHANDLING ORDINANCE. BUT NEWS 13 HAS LEARNED THAT SOME POLICE OFFICERS WERE TICKETING PANHANDLERS ANYWAY. NEWS 13 )S JACKIE KENT IS LIVE AT OAK AND LEAD WITH THE STORY… JACKIE. DEAN… UNTIL A FEDERAL COURT DECIDES WHETHER THE PANHANDLING ORDINANCE IS CONSTITUTIONAL… POLICE CANNOT CITE OR TELL PEOPLE TO LEAVE MEDIANS… FREEWAY ENTRANCES AND EXIT RAMPS. NOW… THE CITY WILL HAVE TO PAY THOUSANDS, BECAUSE SOME OFFICERS DID IT ANYWAY. EVEN IN THE SUMMER HEAT… PANHANDLERS CAN BE SEEN ON ALBUQUERQUE MEDIANS AND FREEWAY ENTRANCES AND OFF-RAMPS. Maria Martinez Sanchez, ACLU staff attorney: Homelessness is very real. AND WHILE IT MAY BE A NUISANCE FOR SOME… Robyn Ray, Albuquerque: It is annoying to like, be asked for money constantly and it )s uncomfortable to stop at a stoplight and have somebody there watching you. Greyson Park, Albuquerque: I do pay taxes so the city can make resources to help them. I )d like to see them be able to use these resources. YOU LIKELY WON )T SEE ALBUQUERQUE POLICE ASKING THEM TO MOVE. POLICE HAVE BEEN KEPT FROM ENFORCING THE ORDINANCE SINCE FEBRUARY — WHILE A FEDERAL COURT DETERMINES WHETHER IT IS CONSTITUTIONAL. THIS WEEK– A DISTRICT COURT JUDGE ORDERED THE CITY TO PAY UP… AFTER THE ACLU CLAIMED A-P-D VIOLATED THE COURT ORDER. Maria Martinez Sanchez, ACLU staff attorney: For officers to continually enforce the order- it )s a pretty egregious violation. PUBLIC DOCUMENTS SHOW TWO A-P-D OFFICERS CITED PEOPLE ASKING FOR MONEY ON MEDIANS OR FREEWAY OFF- RAMPS — MORE THAN 10 TIMES IN MAY AND JUNE. NOW– THE CITY HAS AGREED TO PAY 75- HUNDRED DOLLARS TO THE NONPROFIT ALBUQUERQUE HEALTHCARE FOR THE HOMELESS. Robyn Ray, Albuquerque: I don )t think people should be fined for being panhandlers because they )re poor. A MEMO FROM THE POLICE CHIEF TO ALL A-P-D OFFICERS EARLIER THIS MONTH — REMINDS THEM OF THAT. THE MEMO STATES OFFICERS CANNOT ASK PEOPLE TO LEAVE ANY PUBLIC PLACE INCLUDING MEDIANS OR CORNERS — AND CANNOT ARREST OR CHARGE ANYONE FOR PANHANDLING. THE A-C-L-U FIRST FILED A LAWSUIT AGAINST THE CITY IN JANUARY… CLAIMING THE PANHANDLING ORDINANCE WAS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. THE A-C-L-U SAYS THEYRE STILL IN DISCOVERY. DEAN… BACK TO YOU. OKAY, JACKIE. THE CITY HAS VOLUNTARILY (DISMISSED ALL OF THOSE CITATIONS HANDED OUT UNDER THE ORDINANCE. KRQE CARES ) “STORY TIME

19 Comments

  • Reply Michael Knight July 18, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    How much of our tax dollars go towards shelter? Why don't they go there for free handouts, I mean isn't that the point? Here's why they choose not to (I had a homeless uncle and he was kicked out of the Salvation Army), they have rules you must follow in order to stay. Some of the rules are no drinking and no drugs. These street walkers want YOUR tax free money so they can go buy a bottle and get fucked. It's not right for us to be constantly bothered by these people who don't even want to try for themselves.

  • Reply War Horus July 18, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    Tired of panhandlers…they get free money for drugs and booze…wish i could get free money and not have to work

  • Reply WHYYOUSMILINGWHENYOURNEXT? huh? July 18, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    🤣🤣🤣 yeah so instead of money for food its money for the cops lol

  • Reply dragon joe July 18, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    Mayor Barry's personal beef! He should pay!!!

  • Reply Eduardo Agu July 18, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    Homeless are worthless why don’t get a job

  • Reply Dan Banks July 18, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    Soilent green🤔

  • Reply Dento Bean July 18, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    They should know most of theme are looking for easy money and would sue.

  • Reply Kevin Nicks July 18, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    Everybody's begging and even the rich online getting free money from go fund me to Safeway grocery stores asking if you want to donate when you're paying for your groceries it's ridiculous leave poor people alone

  • Reply Kevin Nicks July 18, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    You people that hate street beggar is cuz you hate yourselfs

  • Reply Eyeofthemourning July 18, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    I personally have known panhandlers. Most of them have an entitlement attitude and will not work because it's easier to make money panhandling.

  • Reply Robert Hooten July 18, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    In California they made it more of a safety issue they could cause or be part of a collision

  • Reply I am the Offender of All July 18, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    So….Rio Rancho has no panhandlers….WHY?

  • Reply Steve Kambiski July 18, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    Maybe now they should ticket the police.

  • Reply SKULL CRUSHER July 18, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    Label it what it is laziness

  • Reply El Duque July 19, 2018 at 1:14 am

    Aclu is a joke

  • Reply nailin palin July 19, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    Liberal nightmare lol

  • Reply Tammie Broggins July 19, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    Wtf do people think people are supposed to do starve your all full of shit do you want them to commit crimes

  • Reply Israel Moreno July 20, 2018 at 12:17 am

    these fuckers cause car wrecks I know I one jumped out of nowhere and the car next to my swerved to miss the fucker and hit me 0h and the lady was illegal and no insurance so guess who paid

  • Reply Darth M. September 2, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    The ACLU has become the latest casualty of the SJW movement. It'll start with panhandling and continue with rampant homelessness. Before long, every city will look like San Francisco:

    https://youtu.be/LAQ01pjSZgo

    Besides, if a city or state can make laws that regulate crosswalks, stop lights, littering, drinking in public, etc then panhandling should be regulated too! 🤨

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