ACLU going forward with homeless camp lawsuit

Posted: Tuesday, May 11, 2010

ANCHORAGE - The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska is proceeding with a lawsuit to prevent further raids of homeless camps in the Anchorage municipality.

The ACLU had hoped to reach an agreement with the municipality over the destruction of the camps and disposal of property belonging to the homeless. But the ACLU's Jeffrey Mittman says no agreement was reached protecting the constitutional rights of the homeless.

The class-action lawsuit was filed with the courts last week on behalf of Dale Engle, a disabled veteran whose camp has been raided numerous times. Police took Engle's tent and sleeping bag, and also medals and ribbons he was awarded while serving in the Army and National Guard.

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