L.A. drops appeal of ban on taking homeless people’s property

The city of Los Angeles is dropping an appeal of a court ruling banning the seizure and destruction of property that homeless people leave unattended on public sidewalks, Rob Wilcox, spokesman for City Atty. Mike Feuer, said Monday.

Feuer’s decision ends three years of legal wrangling over health and safety on skid row. Eight skid row residents filed suit in 2011, accusing city workers, accompanied by police, of confiscating and dumping their personal possessions – medication, identification, cellphones and toiletries.

City officials said homeless shopping carts, tents and blankets spawned filth and vermin and were used to hide illicit drug use and crime.

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