[Hpn] ALERT: Pittsburgh may jail homeless who refuse shelter or"treatment" fw fw
Mon, 20 Nov 2000 20:26:56 -0500
Yes its called mass hysteria! Don,t you know we are all guilty till proven
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From: Harmony Foster Kieding <email@example.com>
Sent: Monday, November 20, 2000 2:48 PM
Subject: Re: [Hpn] ALERT: Pittsburgh may jail homeless who refuse shelter
or"treatment" fw fw
> Ok, let me get this "straight" here. One man, who happens to be without a
> is accused of killing and mutilating someone- therefore, EVERY other
> who is homeless must be arrested/jailed/whatever. Because, obviously,
> "homeless" people are not really people and are all alike, every single
> of us will probably commit some horrendous crime also.
> Hmmmmm....what's wrong with this picture? What if someone who lived in a
> committed a terrible crime and killed someone? Using the mayor's
> if we were to turn the tables, every "homed" person would be given the
> to live out on the streets or face arrest. Because, you know..there's just
> terribly suspicious about them people who live in houses.
> > "MAYOR SAYS TASK FORCE ON HOMELESS SHOULD CONSIDER ALL OPTIONS
> > By TODD SPANGLER
> > Associated Press Writer
> >PITTSBURGH (AP) _ A group which will study the city's homeless
> >should consider whether people who refuse to go to a shelter or get
> >treatment should be arrested or otherwise detained by police, Mayor
> >Tom Murphy said Wednesday.
> >Murphy said while the civil rights of the homeless must be
> >protected, he also has to consider the concerns of Pittsburgh
> >residents and business owners who believe homeless people may
> >present a public safety threat.
> >``I believe in everything there needs to be a carrot and a
> >stick,'' the mayor said. ``I don't believe we can continue to let
> >this go on.''
> >Murphy said his decision to convene a task force to study
> >homeless people was in part motivated by the death of 11-year-old
> >Scott Drake in September. Joseph Cornelius, a homeless man, has
> >been charged with killing and mutilating Drake's body.
> >Following Cornelius' arrest, a petition was circulated
> >suggesting the homeless be cleared from city streets and parks....."
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