ACLU planning to sue Honolulu over homeless camp sweeps

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Vito Talo stands outside the structures he calls home on Ohe Street on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Honolulu. Talo's street is among those in a homeless encampment that are going to be cleared in a little more than a week. Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced Thursday that enforcement of a rule that prohibits storing property on sidewalks will begin on the outer edges of the camp on Sept. 8. (AP Photo/Cathy Bussewitz)
FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2015 file photo, signs posted in Chuukese and Marshallese announcing the beginning of sidewalk nuisance and stored property enforcement are posted to a palm tree in Kakaâako Park in Honolulu. Attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union say the group will sue Honolulu over the way city officials are clearing out homeless encampments. The attorneys say they plan to file a lawsuit Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
A sign warning campers of the closure of a section of Kakaâako Park is seen, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 in Honolulu. City officials are clearing an area on the outskirts of one of Honolulu's largest homeless encampments. City maintenance crews in a section of Kakaako began enforcing the city's rules against leaving personal property on sidewalks. Most people living in the area had already left by the time crews arrived. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
A man pushes a shopping cart through a closed section of Kakaako Park, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 in Honolulu. City officials are clearing an area on the outskirts of one of Honolulu's largest homeless encampments. City maintenance crews in a section of Kakaako began enforcing the city's rules against leaving personal property on sidewalks Tuesday. Most people living in the area had already left by the time crews arrived. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
Maintenance crews remove and dispose of unattended property from an area near Kakaako Park, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 in Honolulu. City officials are clearing an area on the outskirts of one of Honolulu's largest homeless encampments. City maintenance crews in a section of Kakaako began enforcing the city's rules against leaving personal property on sidewalks Tuesday. Most people living in the area had already left by the time crews arrived. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
City officials are clearing an area on the outskirts of one of Honolulu's largest homeless encampments, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 in Honolulu. City maintenance crews in a section of Kakaako began enforcing the city's rules against leaving personal property on sidewalks Tuesday. Most people living in the area had already left by the time crews arrived. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
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HONOLULU (AP) -- Attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union say the group will sue Honolulu over the way city officials are clearing out homeless encampments.

The attorneys say they plan to file a lawsuit Wednesday.

City officials recently stepped up enforcement of rules that ban blocking or storing property on sidewalks. They cleared tents from a section of one of the nation's largest homeless encampments last week, and they plan to clear another small section Thursday.

Honolulu first banned sitting and lying down in the visitor hotspot Waikiki last year after tourists complained about too many homeless people near the beach. The city gradually expanded the ban to more business districts.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell has been concerned about possible legal challenges but couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

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