ACLU files new challenge to city's homeless sweeps

Updated: Nov. 4, 2015 at 7:51 PM HST
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Citing new evidence, the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a second lawsuit aimed at halting the city's homeless sweeps.

The ACLU alleges the city is illegally destroying unattended property as soon as it collects it; the city counters it's only throwing away trash.

A similar lawsuit filed in September failed, with the judge saying the ACLU simply hadn't provided her with enough information to immediately halt the city's homeless enforcement operations.

In a lawsuit filed this week, the ACLU filed a request for a preliminary injunction in federal court, citing new evidence gathered in sworn testimony.

ACLU says items picked up in homeless sweeps must be stored for recovery by their owners.

The new lawsuit comes as homeless sweeps continue, including in urban Honolulu.

In a news release, ACLU of Hawaii legal Director Daniel M. Gluck said the lawsuit is about treating everyone fairly.

"The Constitution requires that, regardless of whether you are rich or poor, everyone is entitled to equal treatment under the law," he said. "The ACLU is committed to making sure the city follows its own laws and treats everyone fairly, and will continue to fight on behalf of Hawaii's most vulnerable residents."

The city has not commented on the new lawsuit.

Copyright 2015 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.