City Attorney says U.S. Court ruling does not prevent city from prohibiting camping on public property.

FILE PHOTO - Homeless people in a downtown park.The city of Portland will not change how it enforces its anti-camping law, following a sweeping opinion by a federal appeals court on Tuesday that similar rules might violate the constitutional rights of homeless citizens.

Tracy Reeve, attorney for Oregon's largest city, said Wednesday morning her office had reviewed the opinion by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and believes Portland's rule outlawing camping on public property is still legal.

"When the ruling came down yesterday morning we immediately convened a team of lawyers in order to evaluate whether the City's current practices were in conformity with the decision," Reeve wrote in an email to OPB. "We determined that they were."

Meanwhile, advocates for the homeless cheered the ruling, predicting widespread changes in how cities in western states enforce anti-camping rules.

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