Honolulu to pay $48,500 to settle sidewalk clearing suit

Honolulu to pay $48,500 to settle sidewalk clearing suit

HONOLULU (AP) - Honolulu officials have agreed to pay $48,500 to 21 homeless people to settle a lawsuit challenging the way the city enforced its laws that prohibit blocking or storing property on sidewalks.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the City Council voted in favor of the settlement Wednesday after reaching an agreement with the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii last month.

The agreement allows the city to continue enforcing its stored property and sidewalk ordinances as long as it refrains from disposing of personal belongings such as tents, clothing and household goods.

The ACLU had accused city employees conducting sweeps of homeless encampments of illegally destroying property and failing to give a required 24 hours' notice.

Councilman Trevor Ozawa says the settlement has brought about "clearer policies" for the city.

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