LOS ANGELES (KABC) — The streets of Skid Row are home for some who have tents and carts on the sidewalks, and now the city of Los Angeles can no longer take homeless people’s property.
“It just reaffirms what the city of Los Angeles should know, that homeless people, houseless people do have constitutional protections,” said Pete White of the Los Angeles Community Action Network.
A federal judge issued an injunction that stops the city from taking property without giving transients at least 24-hour notice and property that’s confiscated has to be stored and accessible, but some doubt that can be done.
“There’s no way to keep track of all these people’s stuff. There’s no way, no way,” according to Rodney, a homeless man who has been living on the street right across from the LAPD’s Central Station. “Your stuff is all gone and you’re right back where you started from, nothing, and like your ID, your money, your jewelry and all your valuables are gone.”