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Wed, Dec. 11

Letter: Prescott panhandlers


I was amazed when I read a Daily Courier report, “What panhandlers are, aren’t allowed to do.”

“Panhandling, begging and asking for money is a First Amendment privilege,” said Dave Fuller with the Prescott Police Department.”

The Constitution is not about privileges. It is about guaranteeing natural, God-given rights.

So, where was Mr. Fuller when I was involved in a kerfuffle with a vendor in the Courthouse Square over taking photos a while back?

And where was our police department’s defense of my “Freedom of Expression” under the same First Amendment that protects panhandling when I — the victim of a crime — was deliberately abandoned by that body?

I can only surmise that in the eyes of the Prescott Police Department, a panhandler is more important than a photographer!

Alan Whitney


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