ACLU challenges Westport trespassing charge
The ACLU of Kansas & Western Missouri intervened on behalf of a man who was charged with violating the city’s trespassing ordinance in May. The ACLU asked that the case against Nicholas “Wick” Thomas be thrown out because he was using a sidewalk in Westport at the time of his arrest. On July 18, the city prosecutor dismissed the charge.
The case highlights the occasional ambiguity between what is private and what is public space in Westport. Thomas is not the first individual to complain that the line gets a little fuzzy in the shopping and entertainment district.