Los Angeles

Court: L.A. Can't Destroy Homeless People's Property

The city appealed a previous ruling. The destruction of the property was found to violate Fourth Amendment rights


The city of Los Angeles cannot seize property left temporarily unattended on sidewalks by Skid Row's homeless residents, a federal appeals court panel ruled Wednesday in a denying an appeal by the city.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court decision that found the city's confiscation of homeless people's bundles violated their Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable seizure.