Following a year-long investigation, the ACLU has filed a complaint demanding that Detroit Police halt what it calls the “disturbing practice” of literally driving away the homeless, often leaving them to fend for themselves in unfamiliar areas.
April 19, 2013
According to complaints received by the civil rights group, Detroit Police officers routinely approach homeless people
living in such areas as Greektown, which is popular with tourists, force them into vans, and drive them miles away into often unfamiliar areas.
According to CBS Detroit, there are even cases where officers have allegedly taken any money from the homeless, forcing them to walk back to the city. Several individuals who have come forward describe being dropped off beyond city limits, sometimes in neighboring communities such as River Rouge
Sarah Mehta, a staff attorney for the ACLU of Michigan
who spoke with the local CBS affiliate, says the accusations…