Judge Orders Removal Of Downtown Homeless Camps

Homeless camp

(Cincinnati, Oh) - Cincinnati Police are expected to begin clearing a homeless camps Tuesday morning, including one on Third Street.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters filed a civil nuisance lawsuit to remove camp and prevent other camps from being created in the Downtown area from Central Parkway to the Ohio River and then from Interstate 75 to west of Eggleston Drive.

"It's a big problem for the city and finally (City Solicitor) Paula Boggs-Muething called me and said the mayor wants to pull the trigger on this because they are just coming back, said Deters speaking to 700WLW's Bill Cunningham.

Anyone refusing to leave or obstructing the process could be arrested and charged with contempt of a court order.

"I mean, I'm telling you this is over, and they come back they're going to be arrested and they're going to go to the Justice Center," said Deters.

Judge Robert Ruehlman granted a temporary restraining order that will allow the police to close down the camps.

Cincinnati Police are scheduled to begin the removal process of the Third Street camp and any others at 8 a.m. Tuesday, according to Deters.

A full hearing is scheduled for Aug. 20 at 9 a.m. Judge Ruehlman will then decide whether or not a permanent order should be issued.

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