Opinion: Loitering Laws and the Oakland Housing Authority Police Must Go

A coalition including the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, the ACLU Foundation of Northern California, East Bay Community Law Center, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and King & Spalding LLP, is supporting Mathieu and former Lockwood resident Edward Jackson as they challenge the constitutionality of the Oakland Public Housing loitering ordinance.

Suit: Oakland housing police misuse loitering law, issue citations for no reason

The suit, filed this week in federal court, says the city ordinance is applied excessively to young black men and should be deemed unconstitutional. Named as defendants are the city of Oakland and the Oakland Housing Authority Police Department. The entities that filed the lawsuit — including the East Bay Community Law Center and local ACLU division — submitted a stack of police reports as part of the complaint.

Oakland, Berkeley homeless camp sweeps by Caltrans violated constitution, suit alleges

OAKLAND — Civil rights groups have filed a class action lawsuit against Caltrans on behalf of five homeless people from Oakland and Berkeley.[…]Additional counsel are the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California, both based in San Francisco, and the Berkeley-based East Bay Community Law Center.

Civil-rights groups sue Caltrans over homeless raids

A coalition of civil-rights groups and one of the nation’s largest law firms have taken on the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), asking for a state-wide, permanent injunction to stop the sweeps which end up confiscating and often destroying the property of homeless people. In Berkeley, this lawsuit would protect homeless people living on state property, such as those who camp at the Gilman underpass.

Lawsuit demands Caltrans stop seizing property in homeless sweeps

The complaint, filed by the ACLU of Northern California, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, East Bay Community Law Center and the law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, also alleges that Caltrans workers also pry people’s property out of their hands before trashing it.  The injunction would require Caltrans to give proper notice of raids and prohibits them from damaging or confiscating property across the state.

Advocacy groups sue DMV for driver’s license suspensions

The Back on the Road coalition, made up of seven California organizations and supported by the ACLU, claims that an individual’s driver’s license can only be suspended legally if the person has “willfully” failed to appear or pay a fine. Simply being “too poor to pay the fine,” according to the coalition’s complaint, isn’t enough to establish intent as required by law.