HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Homeless sweeps are set to continue, at least for now. On Tuesday afternoon Judge Helen Gilmore denied the American Civil Liberty Union's motion for a temporary restraining order.
Judge Gilmore said at this point, the ACLU simply did not provide her with enough information to immediately halt the city's homeless enforcement operations.
The latest sweep happened Tuesday morning in Kakaako near Ilalo and Coral Street just before noon. The city maintains it's only discarding trash. However the ACLU disagrees.
Last Wednesday, the organization filed a class action lawsuit saying the city's policy of seizing and immediately destroying property during these sweeps violates the due process clause of the constitution.
"The issue about homeless in Kakaako is about poverty. People who are living there are in extreme poverty and they're doing everything they can there to survive on a daily basis. They are putting together meager belongings and things like tarps and wood pallets just so they have something to shelter them from the elements to shield them and shield their children," said ACLU attorney Daniel Gluck.
Honolulu Corporation Counsel Donna Leong issued the following statement today:
The next hearing on this issue is set for December 14.