• In this Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, photograph, Gary Anderson, who is homeless, speaks during a brief rally before entering the federal courthouse for a hearing in a class action lawsuit challenging the homeless sweeps in the Mile High City last spring in Denver. The lawsuit is the latest in a string of cases opposing crackdowns on people camping in public around the country. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

    Lawsuit challenges Denver’s sweeps of the homeless

    DENVER (AP) — When Jerry Burton’s sleeping bag and tent were removed by city workers from his campsite near a rapidly developing area close to downtown Denver, he was able to start over again with backup gear he keeps hidden for emergencies — whether his or someone else’s. Now he’s one of nine homeless people suing in federal court to try to stop the city’s sweeps of homeless encampments and, as he sees it, restore the dignity and respect of people who can’t find a home of their own in a growing city.

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