ACLU sues Cleveland over city’s GOP convention rules

CLEVELAND (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union says in a lawsuit that Cleveland’s rules governing protesters expected at the Republican National Convention in July violate free speech rights.

The civil rights organization filed the complaint Tuesday in federal court in Cleveland against the city and Mayor Frank Jackson.

The lawsuit wants the size and regulations of the Event Zone covering 3.3 square miles in downtown Cleveland reduced. The lawsuit argues the broad restrictions over people and their conduct in that area will infringe on the privacy and movement of everyone living or working downtown.

The group also wants the city forced to immediately act upon permit applications from groups seeking to protest the GOP convention.

Cleveland spokesman Dan Williams said Tuesday that the city doesn’t comment on pending lawsuits