Homeless are a challenge for Sarasota, Fla.

By By TAMARA LUSH

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union and others say authorities are trying to harass the homeless into leaving a Florida coastal city best known for its beautiful beaches nearby.

They contend that newer, wealthy residents are buying expensive downtown Sarasota condos so they can live an urban lifestyle — but don't want the problems associated with a city.

Recently, the ACLU has uncovered a surveillance video showing an officer throwing a homeless man against a metal grate and received public records that show police sent messages to each other about "bum hunting."

Police Chief Bernadette DiPino says his department is conducting an internal investigation.

A task force of city officials and homeless advocates was recently formed to address the situation.

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