By Associated Press - Friday, August 26, 2016

DENVER (AP) - A group of homeless people is suing Denver over claims that the city has conducted illegal sweeps of homeless encampments.

The Denver Post reports (https://dpo.st/2bjREAc ) the lawsuit filed in federal court Thursday accuses city workers of seizing blankets, cellphones and other personal property during the sweeps. The complaint from members of Denver Homeless Out Loud seeks class-action status for the city’s roughly 5,500 homeless residents.

The plaintiffs say Denver is forcing out homeless people from the downtown area to make way for new housing and economic development. They say homeless residents have been displaced by rising rents, but the city hasn’t provided more shelter beds.

Interim Denver Attorney Cristal DeHerrera says the city hasn’t yet been served with the suit, but it plans on reviewing and responding to the complaint.

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Information from: The Denver Post, https://www.denverpost.com

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