ACLU sues Phoenix over homeless sweeps, citations

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the city of Phoenix, seeking to halt cleanup sweeps of unhoused peo...

December 1, 2022
10:14 PM

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the city of Phoenix, seeking to halt cleanup sweeps of unhoused people's belongings and stop police from enforcing ordinances that the lawsuit says 'criminalize homelessness.'During the sweeps, Phoenix police typically rouse unhoused individuals in the early morning hours, tell them to gather their belongings, then direct a cleanup crew to remove and destroy any remaining property, according to the lawsuit. It alleges the sweeps 'criminalize, punish and scatter' people experiencing homelessness who, because of a severe shortage of affordable housing and shelter space, have nowhere else to go.

Juliette Rihl