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ACLU denied request to stop Oahu homeless sweeps

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    The city cleared out the sidewalk that homeless people once occupied on Ohe Street and Cooke Street on
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A federal judge has denied the American Civil Liberties Union’s request to immediately stop Honolulu officials from clearing homeless encampments.

U.S. District Judge Helen Gillmor said Tuesday she doesn’t have enough information to grant the ACLU’s motion for a temporary restraining order.

Attorneys representing the ACLU and residents of one of the nation’s largest homeless encampments filed a lawsuit last week claiming Honolulu’s sweeps deprive homeless people of food and other belongings.

The ACLU asked Gillmor to order the city to stop seizing and destroying people’s property during the sweeps.

The city argued that it destroys items that are obviously trash.

ACLU attorney Daniel Gluck says the city is destroying items such as tarps and poles, which people need for shelter.

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