ACLU Sues Cleveland Over 'Draconian' Restrictions Around GOP Convention Space

The city of Cleveland was hit with a lawsuit on Tuesday alleging that its plans for the upcoming Republican National Convention will interfere with the rights of homelesss people who live near the convention center and potentially “criminalize their existence.”

The lawsuit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Ohio on behalf of a Cleveland-based homelessness organization and other groups, claims that the official 3.3 square mile “event zone” — which Cleveland officials will be regulating with a number of “draconian” restrictions — will lead to unnecessary confrontations between police and homeless people.

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