In an interview with FOX21 News, Mayor Steve Bach confirmed that Colorado Springs City Council will not pursue a downtown panhandling ban further.
The original ban was challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union, and a judge agreed to grant an injunction, preventing the ban from going into effect pending the outcome of the case. In her decision, the judge said the law wasn't likely to survive a trial.
"Our City Council has decided not to fight that and directed me and our police chief to increase law enforcement downtown," the mayor said to the TV station. "The challenge with that is we don't have enough police officers. We'd have to have 20 or 30 more police officers."
Bach said he was hopeful that surveillance cameras that have been installed downtown will curb crime.
Throughout the interview, Bach also said that he did not support a bill that allows Colorado Springs firefighters collective bargaining rights.
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