Three civil rights groups say the curfew imposed by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon in Ferguson is unconstitutional.
Amid another night of unrest on Sunday, the American Civil Liberties Union, Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights Under Law and NAACP Legal Defense fund released a joint statement decrying “the suspension of constitutional rights in Ferguson” for civilians.
“Even more troubling is the unclear nature of the Governor’s order suspending constitutional rights in Ferguson,” the groups said. “People have a right to know when and where their conduct is lawful under all circumstances, but especially when the government is restricting activities that are protected by the First Amendment.”
They added: “Any order restricting constitutional rights must clearly communicate to the public when and where it will apply, articulate valid justifications for the restrictions, and provide ample alternative locations where people may gather to express their views on the important issues being discussed in Ferguson. The current executive order falls short of these requirements.”[su_sky_ad]