[Hpn] Homeless Arrested in LA - LETTERS to the editor

Tom Boland wgcp@earthlink.net
Fri, 15 Dec 2000 13:23:35 -0800 (PST)


http://www.latimes.com/news/comment/20001213/t000119177.html
FWD  Los Angeles Times - Wednesday, December 13, 2000
     Letters to the Editor

     L.A. HOMELESS ARRESTED

Re "Police Arrest 15, Cite 70 in New Skid Row Crackdown," Dec. 9:


The crackdown on homeless people on skid row by the police will do
nothing more than scatter homeless people into other communities. Unless
we help them deal with substance abuse issues, provide mental health
care, give them an emergency bed and help them find a job, they will end
up in another part of our community--Hollywood, Santa Monica, Pasadena or
Long Beach. Arresting homeless people is not the path out of
homelessness.

JOEL JOHN ROBERTS
Exec. Dir., People Assisting the Homeless, Los Angeles


The LAPD stopped an unarmed homeless man, claiming he fit the
description of an armed man in the area. If there was an armed man in the
area, then why were 30 LAPD officers busy arresting innocent homeless
people for jaywalking and displaying anti-LAPD signs, instead of
searching for the potentially dangerous armed man?

ANNE ARCHER
Irvine


Regarding the LAPD's skid row crackdown, one is reminded of
Shakespeare's King Lear: "Through tattered clothes small vices do appear/
Robes and furred gowns hide all."

These are offenses that are winked at in the more affluent parts of
L.A. The spectacle of a society that cannot afford to provide all of its
citizens with housing and then sets its dogs on them is one that should
shame us all. If we can judge a society by the behavior of its police,
then we should despair for ours. The LAPD is more a totalitarian
organization than a civil police force. This latest outrage reeks higher
than the odor from the foulest wretch of skid row. With the morrow, what
new obscenities will the LAPD present to us?

JOSEPH GIUS
Los Angeles


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SEE ALSO

http://www.latimes.com/news/state/20001209/t000117829.html
FWD  Los Angeles Times - Saturday, December 9, 2000
POLICE ARREST 15, CITE 70 IN NEW SKID ROW CRACKFOWN
Homeless: Officials say they are complying with restraining order
          and insist they are seeking to stem a rise in crime.
By ERIKA HAYASAKI, Times Staff Writer
American Civil Liberties Union seeks reports of police brutality
and othercivil rights viiolations.

http://www.aclu.org/action/chapters.html
Report Civil Liberties Violations to your local ACLU chapter

http://www.aclu-sc.org
ACLU of Southern California Web Site:
Contact Information
       Executive Director: Ramona Ripston
       1616 Beverly Blvd.
       Los Angeles, CA 90026
       Phone: (213) 977-9500

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