Panhandling:  Police address increased panhandling activity in Claremore

There has recently been an influx of people soliciting donations on Claremore streets, so we would like to remind citizens of the policies that govern these activities.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that it is unconstitutional and a violation of the First Amendment right of free speech for law enforcement or municipalities to intervene in such activity. Unless a person is committing an illegal pedestrian act or impeding traffic, he/she can legally be on medians, the sides of roads and intersections. The City of Claremore cannot enforce any ordinances which prohibit this conduct.

You may consider politely declining any curbside requests by keeping your windows closed and avoiding engagement with individuals or groups soliciting on the roadways. Should you encounter any aggressive activity, please report it to the Claremore Police Department at 918-341-1212.

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