Federal judge weighs sweep of homeless camp in Seattle park

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge is considering whether to temporarily block Seattle officials from removing a homeless encampment from a city park. Officials intended to clear Cal Anderson Park in the Capitol Hill neighborhood Wednesday morning, but they postponed the sweep after makeshift barriers went up and dozens of black clad protesters arrived. One resident sued, alleging that a sweep would violate her civil rights. During telephone arguments Wednesday evening, a lawyer for the city told U.S. District Judge Richard Jones that city officials have faced threats at the park, that fires and other dangerous conditions persist, and that shelter beds are available for the residents. Jones said he intended to rule Thursday.