Homeless pick up legal victory against City

2014-02-28T17:30:00Z 2014-03-01T07:57:54Z Homeless pick up legal victory against CityDarren DaRonco Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Organizers of a downtown homeless camp got a victory in court last week.

A U.S. District court judge ruled Jon McLane and John Cooper, both from Occupy Public Land, could move forward on their challenge that the city wrongly treated folks who attempted to camp in Tucson parks and sleep along sidewalks.

The ruling paves the way for a possible trial.

McLane said he hopes it doesn’t get to that point and wants the two sides to work it out.

Instead of fighting city hall, McLane would like to work with city officials “to ensure the city does not violate the rights of the homeless any further” and “to permanently decriminalize homelessness.”

McLane and others have been sleeping at Veinte de Agosto Park in downtown Tucson since October.

You can read the decision here.

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