On Oct. 20, U.S. District Judge Oliver Wanger ordered the city of Fresno to retrieve the property for the homeless that they confiscated and destroyed. A very caring lawyer by the name of Paul Alexander took on this case with no pay, and as far as he knew, it would be a loss of time and effort. But the judge agreed that wrong was done to the homeless.
Some have been collecting their valuables for years. How the city thinks they are going to be able to replace what has been destroyed is beyond me. Mr. Alexander said the rights of the homeless under the Fourth Amendment have been violated. He reminded us of our 14th Amendment right of equal protection under the law, and I am very grateful that he took a stand when no one else did or would.
I am waiting anxiously for the outcome of this case. To those so-called citizens who complain about homeless people and their property, I say, "Less complaining and more helping would be in order."
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