CALIFORNIA -3/27/09 "David Delo is among the thousands of homeless living in Shasta County. He says its been getting more difficult to live within the city limits as Redding police officers crack down on illegal camping. Delo says many are warned, cited or sometimes even sent to jail. And when that happens, they're belongings are left behind.
“To have it disappear like that when you need it, it does tend to make you mad. And knowing that there's nothing you can do about it,” Delo said.
Delo says their rights have been violated because their properties are thrown out before they can claim it. That's why Chris Solberg of the Redding Loaves and Fishes is filing a lawsuit against the city.
“As far as I'm concerned, this is Redding's dirty little secret about the homeless,” Solberg said. ”They have such a heavy hand that they forced the majority of them to move to the city limits. And deep into the brush where services are that much harder to get.”
By law, the Redding police department is required to hold all personal belongings for 90 days. Something Solberg says they're not doing. He says he represents about two dozen cases and wants to put a stop to the injustice. But Redding Police Lieutenant Scott Mayberry says it’s untrue.
“I've never heard that. I'm not aware of that. That's against our policy,” Mayberry said. “And if in fact that's the case, as a department we would take action. That's not what we do.”
Shasta County Homeless Working On Lawsuit Against Redding Police - NBC 24 Action News