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A group of registered sex offenders in Georgia is suing a county sheriff’s office for placing signs in their front yards warning residents not to trick-or-treat at their homes on Halloween.
Butts County Sheriff Gary Long’s office placed the large white signs in the offenders’ yards last Halloween and had plans to do it again this year, but the federal class-action lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Macon, Georgia, hopes to stop it.
The posters include images of two stop signs, the “no” symbol plastered across a Halloween bag and the message: “WARNING! NO TRICK-OR-TREAT AT THIS ADDRESS!!”
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According to the lawsuit, one deputy told an offender he could be arrested if he removed the sign before Halloween night.
The suit … contends that the placing of the signs violates laws against trespassing on private property and the plaintiffs’ constitutional rights against forced speech.