Homeless getting checks for police raid losses

7:38 AM, Oct 3, 2012   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA (AP) - Homeless people are getting checks for property destroyed during Sacramento police raids on illegal campsites.

The Loaves & Fishes homeless services complex is one of several locations where checks ranging from $400 to $750 are being distributed. Those with addresses are getting checks in the mail.

The Sacramento Bee says the payments resolve a class-action lawsuit claiming police violated the constitutional rights of homeless people by seizing and destroying their property during cleanup operations since 2005.

The federal lawsuit said police officers took bicycles, tents and other items without giving the owners a chance to get them back. It's costing taxpayers $796,050 in payments to 1,143 people.

The city is still fighting a requested $1.8 million in legal fees.

The Associated Press

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