The Rev. Larry Rice who filed the suit Saturday in federal court, was among three people arrested last month as police took down the new homeless camp. The longtime advocate for the homeless had refused to leave the camp he had opened earlier in the day. Neighbors had objected to the new homeless camp on the two-acre site near the Missouri Botanical Garden. Rice leased the site after the city cleared out other homeless camps, citing health and safety code violations.
A pastor is suing St. Louis for blocking efforts to establish a tent camp for the homeless.