- Associated Press - Saturday, March 18, 2017

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The city of Tucson has agreed to pay two homeless advocates $20,000 each to settle a lawsuit over how a homeless camp at a park was shut down.

Advocates John Cooper and Jon McLane had filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking millions in damages for what they say was harassment from city officials over the homeless encampment that sprang up in downtown Tucson.

McLane and Cooper say they were repeatedly arrested illegally while fighting a city ordinance regulating what possessions a person could have while sitting on sidewalks.

City officials closed the park where the homeless camp had been set up in October 2013. An appeals court in 2016 sided with the city, allowing it to enforce rules over what possessions.


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