Southern Legal Counsel (SLC) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida have finalized a settlement in a lawsuit against the City of Fort Lauderdale on behalf of 10 individuals whose property was unlawfully seized and destroyed by city workers in a homeless encampment raid in a downtown park. In May 2017, city workers and police officers arrived at the homeless encampment near Stranahan Park in downtown Fort Lauderdale with front-end loaders and dumpsters to throw away personal belongings of homeless persons who were either not present at the time of the raid or those who were not able to load what they had into bins in the short time the city gave them. Settlement terms include damages in the amount of $40,120 to be divided among the ten individuals whose property was unlawfully seized and destroyed by the City, ending a year-long litigation​.

Read the press release here. A video featuring interviews with many of the plaintiffs describing what they lost in the city’s raid is available onYouTube here.​