AG Ferguson sues Sunnyside for civil rights violations

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The state of Washington is suing the city of Sunnyside, contending the city has unlawfully and repeatedly used its Crime Free Rental Housing Program to force tenants out of their homes without evidence that they engaged in criminal activity.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed the civil rights lawsuit Tuesday in federal court in Spokane.

The lawsuit contends Sunnyside forced people out of their homes without proper notice or court orders, in violation of state and federal law.

The lawsuit contends most of the unlawfully evicted residents have been Latino, women or families with children.

The lawsuit raises claims under the federal Civil Rights Act and Fair Housing Act, and asserts the city violated the U.S. and Washington constitutions’ guarantee of due process.