On Wednesday, October 28th, street vendors from MacArthur Park and the Downtown Fashion District filed a lawsuit against the LAPD and Fashion District Business Improvement District (BID) for illegally seizing and destroying vendors’ carts, dollies, and other personal belongings. The lawsuit, filed in federal court by the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA), the National Lawyers Guild (NLG), the ACLU Foundation of Southern California (ACLU SoCal), and the law firm of Schonbrun, Seplow, Harris & Hoffman, says the LAPD and BID’s practices are unconstitutional, and violate the vendors’ Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable seizures and 14th Amendment right to due process. “Every day in Los Angeles street vendors have their hard earned property illegally confiscated and destroyed,” says Cynthia Anderson Barker, attorney with the National Lawyers Guild. “They are penalized as they struggle to support their families. This lawsuit targets unjust law enforcement practices that push these productive members of our community further into poverty.” A PDF of the complaint is available below.
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