The city of Los Angeles is poised to settle a lawsuit accusing police of conspiring with private security officers to seize property that homeless people leave on skid row sidewalks, according to court documents.
The lawsuit, filed in 2014, alleged that police alerted public safety officers with the Downtown Industrial Business Improvement District about where and when homeless people’s property was left unattended, stood guard as it was seized and threatened arrest if anyone tried to interfere. The city and the business improvement district denied the allegations in court documents.
The City Council is set to consider the settlement agreement Wednesday. The city’s lawyers wrote the court on June 5 that the city would approve the agreement within the month, according to a document in the court file.