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Class action lawsuit claims San Diego officials who cleared out encampments violated constitutional rights of the homeless

San Diego officials are accused of violating homeless people’s constitutional rights in a federal class action lawsuit. They left They left the camp and abandoned their possessions.

“They just want to keep kicking people when they’re down… It’s really awful.”

The lawsuit alleges that the encampment sweeps violate the homeless’ due process rights and equal protection rights.

Authorities ordered the removal of an encampment in East County, but homeless people allege they were not given enough notice to secure their property. Among the possessions listed in the lawsuit were a woman’s walker and the ashes of her son and husband. In another case, a woman Claimed She said workers destroyed her birth certificate, photographs, jewelry and her daughter’s first tooth.

Some people said police officers conducting searches sometimes sorted through their belongings in order to steal valuables.

“Defendants’ actions exacerbate the homelessness problem.” Claimed The lawsuit added that authorities’ “constant and relentless threats of criminalizing citizens for their poverty and housing insecurity are a cruel and ineffective tactic that reveals a deep and deliberate misunderstanding of the issues.”

Homeless advocate Michael McConnell praised the lawsuit.

“They just want to keep kicking people who are vulnerable,” McConnell told KFMB-TV. “It’s awful. I’ve seen it all. I’ve seen them throw out people’s wheelchairs, walkers, bikes, ID, medication.”

Homeless people are being ordered to remove their possessions but given no other options, according to the lawsuit.

“I don’t think there are enough shelters anywhere in the region where people can get off the streets and safely store their belongings. So people don’t have options, and there certainly isn’t enough affordable housing for people,” McConnell explained.

“Unfortunately, it doesn’t help solve this problem at all.”

Officials named as defendants in the lawsuit have not commented on the matter. The suit seeks return of property and unspecified damages.

The case could be resolved by the U.S. Supreme Court, which is scheduled to rule on a similar case later this year.

“Unfortunately, this bill does nothing to solve the problem and instead puts people further in the hole trying to get out of it,” McConnell said.

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