The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan claims that Detroit Police have been forcing homeless people into police vans, driving them outside the city and dumping them in Michigan towns such as River Rouge and Dearborn (video below).
The ACLU of Michigan says it has received numerous complaints about police officers routinely approaching homeless people in Greektown, a popular tourist area of Detroit, and basically kidnapping them, reports RT.com.
Some police officers allegedly confiscated money from homeless people before dropping them off outside the city.
The ACLU of Michigan has filed a complaint with the U.S. Justice Department and sent a letter to the Detroit police calling for an end to this “disturbing practice.”
“DPD’s practice of essentially kidnapping homeless people and abandoning them miles away from the neighborhoods they know, with no means for a safe return, is inhumane, callous and illegal,” Sarah Mehta, a staff attorney for the ACLU of Michigan, told CBS Detroit.
“The city’s desire to hide painful reminders of our economic struggles cannot justify discriminating against the poor, banishing them from their city, and endangering their lives. A person who has lost his home has not lost his right to be treated with dignity.”
About 20,000 of Michigan’s total 100,000 homeless population lived in Detroit in 2010.
“At the present time, the Detroit Police Department has not received a copy of the complaint that has been filed,” said Detroit Police Chief Chester Logan. “Therefore, it would be inappropriate to provide further comment without reviewing the specific allegations.”