Colorado Springs halts homeless sweeps

Colorado Springs Mayor Lionel Rivera issued a moratorium on homeless camp cleanups last week, saying he wants the city to explore the ethical and legal issues surrounding the practice, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette.

Rivera’s decision follows an uproar over homeless rights in Colorado Springs. The Colorado Veterans Alliance recently announced its intention to file suit against a city contractor, Keep Colorado Springs Beautiful (KCSB), for violating the civil rights of homeless veterans by trashing VA paperwork, medication, photos, identification and even service medals. KCSB, for its part, says that it only cleans up garbage.

The Colorado Veterans Alliance said it will drop its legal challenge if the city stops the sweeps.

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