MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Organizers of a one-day street festival in Minneapolis are suing the city over an ordinance that limits events surrounding the All-Star game in July.
The lawsuit was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court by the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota. It claims an ordinance that gives Major League Baseball authority to approve activities in certain areas for 15 days surrounding the game is unconstitutional.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of two organizers of a festival that marks the 1934 Teamsters strike, in which two people were killed by Minneapolis police.
Festival organizer Jim McGuire says he’s insulted he needs permission from a private company to exercise his right to free speech.
A spokesman for the city says officials are checking to see if they have received the lawsuit.