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Mon Apr 29, 2013, 06:48 AM

 

ACLU says Detroit is taking homeless off the streets and dumping them outside the city

Following a year-long investigation, the ACLU filed a complaint with the U.S. Justice Department and sent a letter to Detroit police demanding an end to what they call a “disturbing practice.”

DPD’s practice of essentially kidnapping homeless people and abandoning them miles away from the neighborhoods they know – with no means for a safe return — is inhumane, callous and illegal,” said Sarah Mehta, ACLU of Michigan staff attorney. “The city’s desire to hide painful reminders of our economic struggles cannot justify discriminating against the poor, banishing them from their city, and endangering their lives. A person who has lost his home has not lost his right to be treated with dignity.”

The organization says it started receiving complaints last year and that the homeless are told they are not welcome in Greektown, which is popular with visitors to Detroit. The people are then forced in to vans, driven away and then deserted. Mehta told WWJ Newsradio 950 that what police are doing is not just illegal, but inhumane.

“They’re being approached and harassed by police, not necessarily for anything they’re doing, but just because of the way that they look,” Mehta said. “Often they’re being dropped off late at night in neighborhoods that they don’t know. Police often take any money they have out of their pockets and force them to walk back to Detroit, with no guarantee of any safety.”

Detroit Police Chief Chester Logan said he will look into it. “At the present time, the Detroit Police Department has not received a copy of the complaint that has been filed,” said Logan.

http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2013/04/18/aclu-detroit-police-dumping-homeless-outside-city/

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raccoon Apr 2013 #3
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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Apr 29, 2013, 07:49 AM

1. Kick!

Thank you for posting this.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Apr 29, 2013, 07:55 AM

2. "Logan said he will look into it."

Yeah, right. I'm sure this is the first he's hearing about it. As if an operation like this didn't come down from on high!

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Apr 29, 2013, 08:13 AM

3. They could exchange homeless people with Nevada. Major :sarcasm: here. nt

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Mon Apr 29, 2013, 09:33 AM

4. re: ACLU says Detroit is taking homeless off the streets and dumping them outside the city

move on . move on, where do we move on to? we moved on from here we moved on to there . where in the hell are we going to movon to . you tell us .

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Apr 29, 2013, 09:40 AM

5. What difference does it make? It's not like they have homes anyway.

Disgusting.

Of course, we hear all the time about police forcibly relocating millionaires by dragging them from their penthouses and dumping them outside of city limits.


Right?

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