A lawsuit filed in federal court Wednesday claims that “Operation Boo” violates the First Amendment and puts sex offenders on parole in danger.
“Operation Boo” is a 21-year-old program meant to keep children safe, and it’s operated by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation each Halloween.
Attorney Janice Bellucci claims her client, who is a sex offender living in San Diego,
was handed a sign by his parole officer and told he was required to keep it in his window on Halloween.
“People who are on the registry do not have the right to posses a firearm, much less
to use one, so really they are sitting ducks” Bellucci told FOX40, adding that
the sign violates the First Amendment by compelling speech.
The “Operation Boo” webpage does not list the posted sign as a requirement. However, it does state that “Operation Boo” requires sex offenders on parole to be in by 5 p.m. on Halloween and that they cannot have decorations, make candy offerings or have any exterior lights on. It also states they can only open the door for probation officers on Halloween.
A CDCR spokesperson told FOX40 Wednesday that they cannot comment on pending litigation, adding that officials within the department have not yet received the lawsuit.