ACLU of Ohio Urges Cities to Repeal Panhandling Laws
The organization said the 2015 Supreme Court decision in Reed v. Town of Gilbert protects panhandling as a form of free speech.
Joe Mead is an attorney working with the ACLU of Ohio.
“A lot of justification that cities give for why they would pass a panhandling law is that people don’t want to be panhandled. But the Constitution gives you a right to free speech, not a right to be free from speech,” he said.