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De-Occupy members challenge law in suit

By Star-Advertiser staff


A federal judge has scheduled a hearing in March on the request by members of De-Occupy Honolulu for an injunction to block the city from seizing their property from city sidewalks.

Madori Rumpungworn, Catherine Russell and brothers Christopher and Andrew Smith filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court last week, claiming that city officials damaged, disposed of and seized their belongings without proper notice in raids at Thomas Square.

They also claim that the city law that prohibits people from storing belongings on public property is unconstitutional.

The plaintiffs had asked the court for a temporary restraining order pending the hearing for an injunction.

U.S. District Judge J. Michael Seabright canceled the TRO hearing after the city said it will abide by the ordinance with proper notice.

Since Mayor Peter Carlisle signed the ordinance into law a year ago, the city has used it to clear homeless encampments from sidewalks in Iwilei, McCully and Pawaa.

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