Santiago v. City of Los Angeles is a lawsuit in which ACLU SoCal has intervened on behalf street vendors to challenge the unlawful seizure and destruction of their carts, utensils and other property by the Los Angeles Police Department and the Fashion District Business I
The ACLU of Southern California undertakes litigation when doing so is the most effective way to advance a civil liberties concern. We file lawsuits that will have an impact on people’s rights by setting a legal precedent or affecting the policies and actions of public officials. We both provide direct legal representation to people and file amicus (friend-of-the-court) briefs addressing civil liberties issues in cases initiated by others. All of the ACLU’s legal work is on a pro bono basis; we never charge for our legal services.