Tuesday at 10: Evicted before convicted

November 20, 2018 06:46 AM

Some landlords are being told to evict tenants over crimes for which they were never charged or convicted.

That's what the 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS investigative team found is happening in St. Louis Park, on orders from police.


Petty misdemeanor amounts of marijuana or paraphernalia, a drunk and disorderly roommate, and an assault that happened across the street from an apartment complex: Those are all examples of incidents the investigative team found that didn't land tenants in a courtroom but did force them out of their rental housing.

Nicole Simonette was one of those tenants.

She's not alone.

The 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS investigation found more than 150 people were forced from their homes by police for reported criminal activity for which they were never charged or cited.

The city manager in St. Louis Park said police are enforcing a crime free/drug free ordinance.

However, legal advocates and landlords are now calling it an abuse of power, saying it's a violation of a person's rights by being evicted before being convicted.

Watch the full investigation Tuesday at 10 p.m. on 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS.

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