|Deputies clear homeless from SW Ohio courthouse area|
|Written by DAN SEWELL, Associated Press|
|Friday, 18 October 2013 09:35|
CINCINNATI (AP) — Homeless people in Cincinnati have been cleared away from courthouse steps and benches where they usually sleep at night.
Hamilton County sheriff's deputies told people to move along overnight. Spokesman Jim Knapp says there were no arrests or problems.
Four homeless men filed a federal lawsuit this week trying to block the sheriff from forcing them to stop sleeping outside the courthouse. They claim their constitutional rights are being violated and that they are being punished for being homeless.
Sheriff Jim Neil had announced a plan weeks ago to help the homeless with their issues but to eventually end their practice of sleeping outside the courthouse. He cited a public health hazard from the messes left and courthouse damage.
Homeless advocates say people feel safe in the well-lighted area.
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