Members of Georgia Equality-Savannah, an LGBT advocacy group, attempted to distribute flyers on a public sidewalk near an event that had been granted a public assembly permit. Police officers threatened members with arrest if the flyers were distributed near the event and refused to offer alternative locations for distribution. Georgia Equality members filed complaints with the Savannah Chatham County Police Department. The ACLU of Georgia sent a demand letter to the police department stating our concerns about police practices that unconstitutionally restrict free speech rights. The Savannah Chatham County Police Department agreed with the free speech rights identified by the ACLU of Georgia, denied any errors in its current policies, and issued an apology to the members of Georgia Equality. The ACLU of Georgia will continue to work with Georgia Equality to ensure that demonstrators can exercise their free speech rights free of harassment from the Savannah Chatham County Police Department.
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