Traverse City Record-Eagle

April 19, 2013

ACLU: Detroit police dumping homeless outside city

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — DETROIT (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan says Detroit police are removing homeless people from the popular Greektown entertainment district downtown and dropping them off miles away — sometimes outside the city.

The ACLU said Thursday in release that it has filed a complaint with the U.S. Justice Department.

ACLU staff attorney Sarah Mehta said police are “essentially kidnapping homeless people and abandoning them miles away from the neighborhoods they know with no means for a safe return.”

The organization says it started receiving complaints last year and that the homeless are told they are not allowed in Greektown, which is popular with visitors to Detroit.

Messages seeking comment were left Thursday with Detroit police officials.