Flagstaff to settle suit over panhandling policy - KCTV5

Flagstaff to settle suit over panhandling policy

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FLAGSTAFF, AZ (AP) -

Flagstaff has agreed to settle a lawsuit that challenged the city's use of an Arizona law that prohibited loitering for the purpose of begging.

Details weren't immediately released Tuesday.

Officials say the City Attorney will bring the settlement recommendation to the Flagstaff City Council at its Sept. 24 meeting.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona sued Flagstaff on behalf of a disabled Hopi woman.

ACLU officials say Marlene Baldwin was arrested Feb. 22 after asking an undercover Flagstaff police officer for $1.25 for bus fare.

The city adopted a policy in 2008 to remove panhandlers from downtown areas by jailing them early in the day on "loitering to beg" charges.

The ACLU says Flagstaff's effort to rid streets of beggars is unconstitutional and criminalizes peaceful panhandling in public places.

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