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CITY POLICY CHANGE; Panhandlers get more aggressive

Feb 05, 2018 - The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)

Columbus police say Downtown panhandlers have become more aggressive since last summer, when a U.S. Supreme Court decision prompted officers to stop enforcing the city's panhandling laws.

"Everybody knows about the decision," which said government regulations curtailing free speech must be as narrow as possible and fulfill a "compelling government interest,'' Columbus police Cmdr. Robert Strausbaugh said. The panhandlers are "taking advantage of it."

He said his Downtown sergeants ha...