ACLU representing NEOCH, Organize Ohio and Citizen's for Trump sued the City of Cleveland two weeks ago. In a whirlwind case before Federal District Court Judge James Gwin. The ACLU and NEOCH won in the first hearing on this issue, and the City of Cleveland immediately filed an appeal. There were hours of negotiations last Thursday and then back and forth hammering out a written settlement. As soon as we get the settlement agreement, we will post it. Here is some new coverage, both national and local on the issue.
The PBS Newshour covered the story here.
- District Judge Gwin ruled City’s protest regulations unconstitutional, ordered negotiations
- ACLU argued that City’s Event Zone was too large, and that rules within it were too restrictive; judge agreed
- ACLU and City came to an agreement Friday, settlement is likely to be finalized Monday
- Citizens for Trump and Organize Ohio sued due to protest restrictions
- NEOCH sued because some prohibited items in the Event Zone are needed by homeless who live there
The Cleveland Plain Dealer had some very good coverage of the lawsuit and the settlement here. They also published a nice editorial about how bad these rules were for protestors and homeless people here.
- Agreement reached Friday between ACLU and City will result in smaller Event Zone
- New Zone will exclude west side of Cuyahoga River and public parks
- The hours of the protest will be longer so that they correspond to when delegates are actually present in Cleveland.
- Deal includes longer parade route that are closer to the site of the convention.
- Event Zone restrictions will not apply to homeless population.
- "Negotiations are being handled by U.S. District Judge Dan Polster, who is known for his ability to broker settlements," according to the Plain Dealer.
The Toledo Blade had a good summary of the story here and tied the story to the lawsuit filed in Philadelphia over the Democratic convention.
- District Judge Gwin ruled Thursday that City’s event zone restrictions violated First Amendment
- Dismissed lawsuit filed by ACLU on behalf of Citizens for Trump, Organize Ohio and NEOCH and ordered mediation by District Judge Polster on Friday
- Shortly after settlement announced Friday, ACLU of PA filed a lawsuit in US District Court in Philadelphia regarding restrictions during Democratic National Convention.
The LA Times also gave a summary of the story here and had colorful language about the free speech implications.
- In court Thursday, ACLU argued that RNC Event Zone was a “black hole for 1st Amendment activities”; City countered that Cleveland’s regulations were less restrictive than other cities
- District Judge Gwin ruled that “unduly large” security zone was not tailored to security issues
- Gwin ordered negotiations between the ACLU and the City in order to narrow the restrictions
Here is the Atlantic magazine coverage is here.
Politico's story focused on how both pro and anti-Trump protests under the City's original plan were going to be in the same are causing issues of possible turmoil.
The American Bar Association Journal talked about the judge questioning how the City could successfully stage a CAVS championship parade for a million, but could not handle a couple thousand protestors. "However, Gwin questioned the city’s reasoning and asked how the convention protests were different from the more than 1 million people who filled downtown Wednesday for the Cleveland Cavaliers’ NBA championship parade and “traveled through streets in what will become the event zone,” the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported."
by Brian Davis and Megan the 2016 Intern
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