Honolulu Prosecutor Drops Charges Against Peaceful Protesters

Better Police Training an Urgent Concern to Protect Free Speech FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: (212) 549-2666; media@aclu.org HONOLULU – Better police training about lawful protests is for their peaceful Waikiki sidewalk demonstration in support of gender equality. The Honolulu Prosecutor had asked for a one-month continuance from the court to conduct an investigation into the ACLU and Davis Levin Livingston’s claims that the ordinance used against the Meiers is unconstitutional and does not apply to their First Amendment activities. Jamie and Tess Meier were cited by Honolulu Police Department (“HPD”) officers for failing to have a permit and threatened with arrest for holding a demonstration opposing gender discrimination as part of a nationwide movement, National Go Topless Day. The Meiers were charged with violating Revised Ordinances of Honolulu (“ROH”)