Update Thursday, January 29th, 10:00 a.m.:
Detroit 300 responded to our requests for comment with this statement:
The Detroit 300 Conservancy only received word of the ACLU filing the lawsuit this morning (Wednesday). The Conservancy had no prior knowledge of concerns expressed regarding the events of 2013 and 2014 that are cited in the lawsuit. The Conservancy takes the diverse and inclusive stewardship of Detroit’s public spaces very seriously and has a long history of working with our public and civic community partners. We will proactively review the claims in the suit.
Original post, Wednesday, January 28th, 4:02 p.m.:
Today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed a lawsuit against a Detroit police officer, and two groups that manage security on Campus Martius Park.
The public park is owned by the city of Detroit. The ACLU contends that members of Guardsmark security, hired by the non-profit group Detroit 300, prevented people from protesting and handing out leaflets on the park’s grounds. They contend that a Detroit police sergeant backed the decision to prohibit the protesters' actions. Detroit 300 runs the city-owned park.