TUCSON, Ariz. – A large group of homeless campers is leaving a downtown Tucson park after the city issued removal notices.
The protesters have until Friday evening to remove the nearly 40 wooden sleeping pods and several tents set up around downtown.
Many have already begun leaving, and police are monitoring.
The city issued notices Tuesday after a federal judge told city attorneys that an order he issued previously does not stop them from removing the pods and tents. The order stops the city from enforcing a rule that allows the homeless to have only three small belongings on city sidewalks.
The campers say they are protesting unjust city ordinances that target the homeless.
Business owners and city leaders say the camp unfairly takes space from pedestrians and visitors. They also say the camp risks public health.