The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida and Southern Legal Counsel filed a lawsuit Monday on behalf of 16 homeless people who were among those kicked out of Stranahan Park last month.
The ACLU said they are suing the city for "unlawful seizure, confiscation and destruction of property of homeless individuals living in Fort Lauderdale."
City crews showed up at the park May 19 after the city was cited by the Florida Department of Health for unsanitary conditions at the park.
Homeless people at the park told Local 10 News that they had no notice to leave and garbage trucks were sent out to collect whatever debris and property people couldn't carry off with them.
According to a complaint record from the Health Department, an inspector responded to the park after receiving complaints about rats in the area and saw homeless men and women camping at the park.
The inspector also noted "tarps, boxes, trash bags, garbage and several other material accumulation creating harborage for rats."
The Health Department gave the city until June 16 to rectify the situation.
The lawsuit claims that the city violated the plaintiffs' rights under the Fourth and 14th Amendments and demands a jury trial.
Click here to view a copy of the lawsuit.
This BBSNews article originally appeared on News | WPLG.