LA drops appeal of ban on taking homeless' stuff

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Updated: 3/25 1:13 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles is dropping an appeal of a court ruling preventing city workers from summarily removing and destroying homeless people's property left on Skid Row sidewalks.

The Los Angeles Times says the decision Monday by City Attorney Mike Feuer ends a legal battle between the city and activists for the homeless.

Eight Skid Row residents filed suit in 2011, accusing city workers, accompanied by police, of confiscating and dumping their personal possessions including medication, identification, cellphones and toiletries.

City officials said allowing homeless people to leave belongings on sidewalks creates a health hazard and violates municipal ordinances.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the confiscations violated the constitutional protection against unreasonable seizures.

Los Angeles repeatedly sought to appeal or modify the decision, but lost several rounds.


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