Democratic-led cities split on handling homeless crisis after Supreme Court ruling

Democratic-led cities are divided on addressing a Supreme Court ruling that allows authorities to remove homeless people’s tents on public grounds, with some leaders championing the decision as others vow to ignore it.

In the 6-3 opinion known as Grants Pass v. Johnson, the high court lifted restrictions preventing municipalities from taking action to tear down encampments. It ruled that the small Oregon town of Grants Pass’s efforts to remove unauthorized tents did not infringe on 8th Amendment rights against cruel and unusual punishment.

Contents of a tent are seen in bags as workers dismantle the tent after Portland police detained the person residing there on Friday, June 28, 2024, in Portland, Oregon. The Supreme Court cleared the way for cities to enforce bans on homeless people sleeping outside in public places, overturning a
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