Two-Time Paralympian Leads Lawsuit Against Portland For Letting Homeless Block Sidewalks

Two-Time Paralympian Leads Lawsuit Against Portland For Letting Homeless Block Sidewalks


A two-time Paralympian is leading nine other Portland, Oregon residents, all of whom have physical disabilities, to sue the city, accusing it of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by refusing to remove homeless encampments from city sidewalks.

Paralympian Tiana Tozer, the lead plaintiff, was struck by a car when she was 20, then underwent 36 reconstructive surgeries on her legs that left her unable to walk. Still, she won bronze and silver in the 1992 Barcelona and 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games.

“The City’s failure to curb and reasonably control the proliferation of tent encampments has had a particularly harmful impact on persons with mobility disabilities,” the lawsuit charges.

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“Indeed, a substantial number of the City’s sidewalks — particularly those in the City’s busiest business corridors — do

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