Cleveland, ACLU Reach Settlement Over GOP Convention Protest Rules

A Cleveland police officer patrols a Donald Trump rally in March.
A Cleveland police officer patrols a Donald Trump rally in March. (Nick Castele / ideastream)
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by Nick Castele

The American Civil Liberties Union and the city of Cleveland have reached a settlement in their dispute over protest rules for next month’s Republican National Convention, according to an order filed in federal court.

The ACLU is representing Citizens for Trump and a progressive group, Organize Ohio. Both had applied for permits to protest during the GOP Convention. The Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless is also a plaintiff in the case.

Earlier this month, the ACLU sued the city, saying the RNC demonstration route and other rules on protests were too restrictive.

U.S. District Judge James S. Gwin this week ruled in favor of the ACLU and sent the case to Judge Dan Aaron Polster for mediation.

“The Court, the attorneys, and the parties worked well into the evening,” Polster wrote in an order filed Friday. “Today, counsel advised me that the case is settled and that they will execute a settlement agreement expeditiously.”

An ACLU spokesman says the details of that agreement are still being worked out and may not be available until Monday. 

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