ROGERS, Ark. (KNWA) – A Rogers city ordinance aimed at curbing the impact of panhandling in traffic has been ruled unconstitutional.
U.S. District Judge Timothy Brooks issued his ruling Tuesday in Fayetteville, supporting the ACLU’s claim that the ordinance violates the first amendment.
The City of Rogers had enacted the law as a way to prohibit people from approaching cars in traffic and on streets.
However, the ACLU pointed out it’s not just panhandlers impacted, but also activists and those handing out materials as part of their right to protected free speech.
The City of Rogers issued the following statement in response. It reads, in part: “The city has stayed its enforcement of the ordinance at issue during the duration of this complex litigation and will continue to do so.”
No decision has been made regarding the possibility of filing an appeal.