ACLU of Mississippi demands panhandling ordinances be repealed


JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV)– The American Civil Liberties Union in Mississippi is calling for panhandling ordinances across the state to be repealed.
The ACLU says the laws are unconstitutional. 
    The organization reached out to 16 cities including Jackson. 

A 62-year-old homeless veteran who didn’t want his face shown on television has turned to panhandling in the past.
He says there’s just limited resources available.
He thinks panhandling bans should be repealed.
 The man we talked to was unaware of the law that  requires people to get photographed, fingerprinted then permitted before asking for money in public.
 The ACLU sent a letter to the Jackson mayor making those demands to repeal the ordinance. 

When we asked for comment from the mayor the city spokesperson said they only received the letter Tuesday morning and they’re waiting to hear back from the city attorney’s office. 

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