Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Sweeps of homeless camps ruled unconstitutional

Sending out city workers to raid homeless camps and destroy whatever personal property they found there violates the U.S. Constitution, a federal judge has ruled.

Fresno's "clean up" policy in homeless tent cities violates the Fourth Amendment, which bars unreasonable searches and seizures. Read U.S. District Judge Oliver W. Wanger's ruling here.

Fresno faces a class-action lawsuit brought by homeless people who claim police and sanitation workers violated their constitutional rights in at least 20 different sweeps from 2004 to 2006.

A trial set to begin next month will determine how much money the city owes the plaintiffs.

Read the Fresno Bee report here.


At 11:23 PM, Anonymous Karen Joyce said...

The situation is "unfortunate" and worsening as the economy worsens and people try to yuppy-fy towns instead of actually caring for people. I am in Joliet, IL, a town with more than the average number of mentally ill persons. So many here are homeless. Sleeping wherever they can. Not sleeping in shelters because they are not getting their meds and so, cannot cope with a shelter. I have come ideas, but am not sure what route to take... could you email me and I'll give you my ideas? Maybe, if we put our heads together, we could make my idea work.

At 11:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

karen i have to do a persuasive speech on and organization, i have to focus on volunteering. i choose the morning star mission.
i have to show there is a problem with homeless, i also need to solve the issue. i have to provide vague solutins for the problem that the government and community can implement do you have any ideas for me

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