- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles will pay $1.1 million to settle a lawsuit over the arrest or ticketing of homeless people for living in cars.

City News Service says the City Council approved the payment Wednesday.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of four homeless people who were cited or arrested during a 2010 crackdown in the Venice area.

It challenged a law against staying overnight in a car parked on city streets or in public parking lots. Attorneys argued that the law was written so broadly it permitted police to arrest people just for having personal belongings such as bedding or portable radios in their cars.

The law was struck down last year by a judge who said it opened the door to unfair enforcement against the homeless and the poor.

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