CHA residents protest drug testing proposal

June 1, 2011 3:00:55 PM PDT
Chicago Housing Authority residents are denouncing a proposal to require adults living in CHA units to be tested for drugs.

Protesters marched and chanted outside CHA headquarters Wednesday, urging an end to what they consider war on the poor. They claimed innocent residents could be evicted even if they didn't know someone in the household used drugs.

"We feel that this policy discriminates against CHA residents and violates the civil rights of people living in affordable housing," said

"I think it's unfair and it's unjust for them to single us out in public housing," said

"This policy is not only intrusive, but it conflicts with the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, to be free from unreasonable search and seizure without probable cause," said

The CHA says drug testing reduces crime and makes units safer. It adds some of its properties already require drug testing.

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