Sep 19, 2011
Date Resolved

AU received a complaint that the Jim Thorpe Police Department was ticketing people for parking in church-designated parking on public city streets. AU sent the police department several letters, explaining that the City’s special arrangement with a church to enforce church-only parking — and the resulting ticket issued to our complainant — likely violated the Establishment Clause. We subsequently requested all public records related to the parking ticket and the parking policy. In response to AU’s letters, the City admitted that no policy existed authorizing it to enforce church-only parking, and it rescinded our complainant’s ticket.