Cleveland regulations for RNC protesters ruled unconstitutional by federal judge

Posted at 11:40 AM, Jun 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-23 15:29:05-04

Regulations that the City of Cleveland put in place for the Republican National Convention protestors was ruled unconstitutional by federal judge Thursday.

This comes after organizations including Citizens for Trump, Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless and Organize Ohio filed a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction against the City of Cleveland requiring the city to "cease their unlawful restriction of Plaintiffs protected Constitutionally-protected speech and other activities planned to occur during the period of the Republican National Convention."

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit earlier this month, saying the city placed unacceptable restrictions on free speech and other rights of people living and visiting downtown Cleveland for the RNC in July.

ACLU Ohio Executive Director  Christine Link said today's ruling "is the beginning of a new process" to redraw regulations governing protestors.

"We hop to have successful negations with the City of Cleveland for a safe convention that allows for the maximum amount of free speech and assembly," says Link.




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