Rockford Scanner™: Aggressive Panhandlers, Local Police Not To Enforce Panhandlers

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Many people have been reporting aggressive panhandlers at several area intersections.  Some have even escalated to physical violence and in at least 3 different occasions with citizens protecting themselves by firing their weapons at aggressive panhandlers in Winnebago County, according to sources. 


From the Rockford PD :
The Rockford Police Department receives many calls regarding panhandling in Rockford.

Please be aware that a federal district court judge in Chicago last week struck down a state law prohibiting panhandling in public streets and medians and ordered police not to enforce it.

Panhandling: to stop people on the street and ask for food or money : Beg
Source: Merriam-Webster.com

 





 

  • https://www.aclu-il.org/en/news/federal-court-finds-illinois-anti-panhandling-law-unconstitutional
  • A federal district court judge struck down a state law prohibiting panhandling in public streets and medians and ordered Illinois State Police not to enforce it. The ruling ends a lawsuit by two men experiencing homelessness, represented by CCH, ACLU of Illinois, and Schiff Hardin LLP. They were repeatedly ticketed and fined for asking passing motorists for help at a suburban Chicago intersection, while charities and religious groups collected donations at the same location without consequence. https://www.chicagohomeless.org/panhandling-unconstitutional/
  • The Stipulated Preliminary Injunction Order can be found here (PDF).
  • The Michael Dumiak and Christopher Simmons — Memorandum Opinion and Order (Decision) can be found here (PDF)
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