ACLU files lawsuit in Ocala in response to ordinances affecting the homeless

Published: Sep. 19, 2019 at 6:41 PM EDT
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The ACLU has filed a lawsuit against the city of Ocala on behalf of three plaintiffs who say officials are trying to force homeless people out town.

They say the city is doing this through their open lodging ordinance which states that a person cannot take temporary shelter on private or public property without permission.

The plaintiffs have spent a collective 210 days in jail and have been ordered to pay over nine-thousand dollars in fines and fees.

In July, the ACLU represented another homeless man who challenged the city's attorney for penalties he felt were unfair.

The court ruled in the ACLU's favor.