Gering says child abuse rally may occur

The city of Gering says a rally against child abuse April 22nd can be held in front of the Scotts Bluff County Courthouse without the need for a special events permit or liability insurance.

Jody Radomski, a supporter of the event and one of those who signed petitions that resulted in the convening of the Juliette Geurts grand jury, said she had been told by one of Gering's Acting Police Chiefs they could not gather on the public sidewalks in front of the Courthouse and the Administration building.

City Clerk Kathy Welfl told KNEB News today an informal discussion was all that took place, no formal application was made and the group was never denied use of the sidewalk. Welfl admitted staff thought a special permit would be needed when the group initially presented their request. But she says after consulting with the City Attorney, it was determined a permit was not necessary as long as the rally does not obstruct the sidewalk for public use.

The supporters did enlist the ACLU in the situation, and the civil rights organization did write a letter to the city claiming that to require a permit and liability insurance to march on the sidewalks was against the group's civil rights. Radomski said she has not been told of the city's decision, but is pleased the event can be held.

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