Federal judge weighs order to halt homeless camp sweeps

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP): A federal judge is weighing whether to issue an order barring Fort Wayne from conducting periodic sweeps of the city’s homeless camps.

The judge took the request for a preliminary injunction under advisement Thursday after two days of hearings in U.S. District Court in Fort Wayne.

The (Fort Wayne) Journal Gazette reports a homeless man who sued the city in March is seeking the order. Keith See’s suit contends that Fort Wayne violates homeless residents’ constitutional rights by destroying tents, coats, blankets and other property seized from the encampments.

The city argues it doesn’t destroy private property, except for items deemed a public health risk.

Court documents say a notice is posted that a “cleanup” is about to take place, and property seized can be reclaimed within 24 hours.

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