ACLU says Sarasota authorities harass homeless
Liberties Union says authorities try to bully homeless out of Sarasota
The American Civil Liberties Union and others say authorities are trying to harass the homeless into leaving a Florida coastal city best known for its beautiful beaches nearby.
They contend that newer, wealthy residents are buying expensive downtown Sarasota condos so they can live an urban lifestyle -- but don't want the problems associated with a city.
Recently, the ACLU has uncovered a surveillance video showing an officer throwing a homeless man against a metal grate and received public records that show police sent messages to each other about "bum hunting."
Police Chief Bernadette DiPino says his department is conducting an internal investigation.
A task force of city officials and homeless advocates was recently formed to address the situation.