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ACLU of Colorado sues Boulder over camping and tent bans

The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado on Thursday sued Boulder, challenging the city’s bans on camping and tents in public spaces.

Specifically, the lawsuit is asking Boulder to stop enforcing these ordinances under certain circumstances, including when a person cannot access indoor shelter. The suit also seeks to recoup “nominal damages” for the individual, unhoused plaintiffs named in the suit.

“What I’m hoping is that this is a nudge to the city to rethink some of the decisions that it’s made over the past few years,” ACLU attorney and Equal Justice Works fellow Annie Kurtz said.

Boulder acknowledged receipt of the lawsuit but otherwise did not provide a comment on the ongoing litigation.