The "most basic reading" of the Constitution prohibits Los Angeles from unreasonably seizing and destroying the personal property of homeless residents, the 9th Circuit ruled Wednesday.
residents of Skid Row sued the city for violations of their Fourth and
14th Amendment rights after police confiscated the property they left on
the sidewalk. They say their legal papers, family pictures and other
possessions were immediately destroyed.
Skid Row in downtown Los
Angeles is home to one of the nation's largest homeless populations.
The men and women who dwell there say they left their property
unattended but not abandoned while eating, showering or using the