Dearborn Settles with Missionaries over Arrests

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The cty of Dearborn, Mich., has agreed to pay a settlement to a Christian Missionary group whose members were arrested while evangelizing at an Arab Cultural Festival in 2010.

After the missionaries were aquitted, the group then sued the city for violating their right to evangelize on a public street.

In addition to paying an undisclosed sum to the group, Dearborn officials agreed to post an apology on the city's website for the next three years.

"The city regrets any action that has a negative effect on someone's rights," Dearborn Mayor John O'Reilly said Monday. "In this case, our apology allows us to move forward, and it demonstrates that we remain committed to the principles of free speech."

The city has a large Arab-American and Muslim population.

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