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Federal Court Terminates the “Pottinger” Federal Consent Decree

Case 1-88-cv 02406-FAM Document 682. Docket 02/15/2019

Downtown Business District. Photo Downtown NEWS.

U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno terminated the Pottinger consent decree today. The 1998 legal decision prevented city cops from arresting homeless people for living their lives outside. Under Pottinger, the homeless population couldn’t be criminalized for urinating, sleeping, etc., on the sidewalks.

Downtown’s disproportionate number of Homeless people. Source, DDA.