Two men who successfully fought the state’s panhandling law after being arrested in Grand Rapids in 2011 will each get $6,500 as part of a $48,000 settlement with the city.
The appellate opinion says the law “would chill a substantial amount of First Amendment-protected activity.”
Authorities have identified a man who was shot and killed while apparently panhandling outside of a Pontiac business on Sunday.
A state law banning panhandling in public places violates First Amendment protections for free speech and the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause, a federal judge in Michigan has ruled.
Several Michigan cities have enacted laws on dealing with panhandlers and now, Detroit will be on the list.
Before they take their summer break, Detroit City Council members will take up the issue of begging in the city.
State Rep Shanelle Jackson, D- Detroit, argues that just because someone is impoverished, it doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be allowed to ask for help in the same way charities and others do in cities all over the country.