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Overland Park Will Pay Up On Denying Handouts of Flyers

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OVERLAND PARK (WIBW) -- The City of Overland Park is paying up after threatening to arrest people handing out flyers at the city's soccer complex.

A court on Monday ordered the city to pay $50,000 of attorney's fees.. saying the policy of prohibiting the distribution of flyers on public sidewalks at the complex is unconstitutional.

About two years ago, the President of a Christian soccer camp and his family members were outside the complex handing out flyers to promote their camp. Police and city officials issued a threat they would be arrested if they didn't stop handing out the handbills.

The court ruled public sidewalks are a clear example of areas where the First Amendment provides free-speech protection.

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