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11th District Circuit Court rules in Favor in local Food Not Bombs chapter

Food Not Bombs just won a historic case Continue reading 11th District Circuit Court rules in Favor in local Food Not Bombs chapter

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Haltom City mayor and police chief explain intent of panhandling ordinance

At the Sept. 28 regular session of the Haltom City council, Mayor David Averitt and Keith Lane, the chief of police, discussed the intent of a proposed panhandling ordinance and displaying signage to warn of the ordinance. Despite their purported concern about reducing traffic and increasing public safety, the mayor stated “the hope [of posting signs about the ordinance] is that they [panhandlers] will move somewhere else.” Chief Lane agreed, “That’s right. It absolutely works that way.” Heavy enforcement “moves them,” he said. If they believe panhandler represent traffic and safety concerns, city leaders seem satisfied with shifting those concerns … Continue reading Haltom City mayor and police chief explain intent of panhandling ordinance

Haltom City council doesn’t object to using stereotypes, moves forward with panhandling ordinance

After a plea from organizer Ryan Murphy of Unite South Haltom to reconsider a proposed panhandling ordinance at the Sept. 28 regular session, council member Scott Garrett stated that “Stereotypes come about from truth a lot of times. I mean, that is why it is a stereotype. It is true a lot of times about a group of people. There are exceptions.” No one on the council objected to using stereotypes to enforce policy, and the ordinance passed its first reading unanimously. Murphy was responding to a presentation Keith Lane, chief of the Haltom City Police Department, gave to the … Continue reading Haltom City council doesn’t object to using stereotypes, moves forward with panhandling ordinance