Fort Collins, ACLU settle panhandling lawsuit

<p>(Photo: Courtesy ACLU)</p>
<p>Jeffrey Alan is plaintiff on a ACLU lawsuit against the city of Fort Collins over its law banning some forms of panhandling. Alan is “homeless, disabled, and poor. To pay for basic necessities, Mr. Alan sometimes solicits donations from passersby on public sidewalks,” the ACLU&#039;s complaint says.</p>

Update 1:20 p.m. Fort Collins has agreed to stop "arresting, ticketing, citing, or otherwise interfering with individuals who engage in passive solicitation," according to the Colorado branch of the American Civil Liberties Union. The agreement is part of a settlement between the two over a lawsuit filed in February about the city's panhandling ordinance. The original story continues below:


The two sides had been scheduled to appear in federal court on Friday on the lawsuit but the hearing was canceled to allow the agreement to be finalized. The Coloradoan newspaper reports that the details of the deal are expected to be released on Monday.