SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - The city of Sarasota has agreed to abide by an updated 60-day injunction stopping officials and police from targeting the city's homeless population.
In a consent decree issued Wednesday, officials agreed that police would not "interfere with the exercise of First Amendment Rights."
The American Civil Liberties Union recently brought a legal challenge on behalf of two homeless men, saying authorities - including police - are trying to harass the homeless into leaving the city. ACLU uncovered a recent surveillance video showing an officerthrowing a homeless managainst a metal grate. They also allege that officers sent messagesreferring to "bum hunting."
The ACLU said Wednesday it will continue to monitor treatment of homeless people in Sarasota.
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