- Associated Press - Friday, February 20, 2015

HUDSON, N.H. (AP) - The town of Hudson, New Hampshire, has agreed to settle a lawsuit that said police harassed and punished a homeless man for panhandling.

The Telegraph of Nashua reports (https://bit.ly/1CSewu0) the selectboard authorized the settlement of over $37,000 with the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union, which sued in federal court last year on behalf of Jeffrey Pendleton. He has panhandled in Nashua and Hudson since 2013 and is expected to receive about $7,350.

Gilles Bissonnette of the ACLU said it was a successful example of the organization’s battle to enforce First Amendment rights.

The lawsuit accused police of harassing Pendleton while permitting others to engage in political protests and rallies related to Market Basket.

Hudson’s board voted 3-1 for the settlement, saying it would be a big expense to fight the suit.

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Information from: The Telegraph, https://www.nashuatelegraph.com


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