EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- The city of Eugene has stopping destroying possessions of homeless people living in camps in response to a ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The appellate court ruled in September that seizing and destroying possessions left in public places violates the U.S. Constitution.

The Register-Guard says Eugene is temporarily taking a hands-off approach to homeless encampments.

Mark Schoening, acting parks and open space director, says the city has halted all cleanups of homeless camps until the city attorney drafts a legal and practical procedure for dealing with them.

Local procedures are expected to include advance notification to camp residents and ways for collecting items removed by the city.

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