By: Associated Press
December 29, 2017
ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia preacher who says he was barred from public sidewalks and feared arrest for spreading the gospel is challenging the restrictions in court.
In a federal lawsuit, Eric Love says his free speech rights were violated outside the Shaky Beats music festival, which drew thousands in May to downtown Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park.
Love is asking a judge to decide whether the Georgia World Congress Center Authority and its police force can prohibit preaching from the surrounding sidewalks. The authority oversees the park, which was created for the 1996 Olympic Games.
Representatives of the authority and Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, who is named as a defendant, did not immediately return messages from The Associated Press seeking comment.