City, Homeless Plaintiffs at Odds Over Deposing Mayor

In a legal battle occupying venues from federal district court in a civil complaint and county court in a criminal proceeding, homeless plaintiffs say they want to speak directly to Denver Mayor Michael Hancock himself.
Jason Flores-Williams, who is representing the homeless plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit, said he has been developing “reams of evidence” that the City and County of Denver has been focusing “its main efforts on spinning media and controlling political optics of the homeless sweeps, but not toward actual substance of protecting rights as they seized property from the most vulnerable among us.”
Federal magistrate Judge Craig Shaffer denied without prejudice March 29 a motion to compel deposition testimony from the mayor in a lawsuit filed against the City and County of Denver along with some of its highest ranking officials. Because he dismissed it without prejudice, the plaintiffs can file it again if they do not get the answers they seek from other sources.
Flores-Williams filed the federal lawsuit in August on behalf of nine homeless people over the city’s enforcement of its camping ban, which the plaintiffs say has manifested into large-scale sweeps and confiscations of possessions such as blankets and identification that violate the Fourth and 14th Amendments.
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