[Hpn] Well Clovis we can put you on the map .....
Tue, 3 Jul 2001 22:10:12 -0400
Maybe this place needs to have itself put under the microscope like LAPD?
Anything is possible.
If your not violating laws we can state the world is viewing this and
waiting to see if police stop there harrassment campaign and start arresting
some real criminals.
Keep us informed of whats going on!
A Brother In Peace and In strife
Date: 3 Jul 2001
From: Kent Paul Dolan email@example.com
Homeless in Clovis
Mayor Flores, Mayor-pro-tem Ashbrook:
(Info cc to Clovis Independent, Usenet)
I have recently had a chance to deal up front and
personal with the Clovis Police Department, and
their attitude toward the homeless. I have been
called names, assaulted, battered, harrassed
unmercifully, threatened repeatedly, subjected to
sleep deprevation, and had my most cherished
civil rights violated, those to religious
freedom, to free speech, to equal protection
under the law, and to free assembly, by your
Your police claim that "there are no homeless in
Clovis", and insist that I leave town to keep it
that way. Since homelessness is strongly
protected under California and Federal law, and
since I am sworn as a commissioned officer to
uphold the Constitution of the United States,
with my life if need be, I will not comply.
Simply by sitting on a bus stop bench this
morning, I found ten homeless within a 100 yard
radius, so I can affirm that your police are
incorrect. Your police have instead, by
brutality, driven the homeless of Clovis into
What is the inevitable outcome of using police
and the penal code, instead of social workers and
well planned programs, to deal with the homeless
in Clovis, you might ask.
First and foremost, you risk plague. By forcing
the homeless to live in filthy, crowded
conditions, you increase the transmission of
tuberculosis, HIV, skin infections,
staphlococcus, and a host of other diseases.
Once well established, these diseases will not,
of course, limit themselves to the homeless, but
will spread to the general citizenship of
Worse horrors wait, however. Cholera, for
example, is the inevitable result of inadequate
sewage facilities, and the sewage facilities of
trash dumpsters put "inadequate" to shame as a
word insufficient to describe the problem.
Second, you drag the city's good name in the
mud. Already word of Clovis Police Department
treatment of the homeless has reached around the
globe with the internet, and has specifically
entered the Executive Office of the Vice
President of the United States. I'm sure Mr.
Cheney is bewildered by what seems to be a
description of third world despotism in a small
US farm town.
Third, you risk lawsuits with high punative
damages for egregious violation of the civil
rights and personal integrety of the homeless.
Has the Clovis budget included a $10,000,000
contingency for just the first such lawsuit?
It is my suggestion that Clovis either face that
the homeless problem nationwide in the US is also
a Clovis problem, and take approaches to address
the issue of homelessness rather than the
appearance of homelessness, or make plans to
survive the inevitable results of your current
The following Internet URLs will give a flavor of
the publicity problem Clovis faces. The discussion
has already gone far outside the bounds of one
person's ability to track it.
This also might be of interest; civic harrassment of
the homeless has already had its day in court and been
Kent Paul Dolan
LCDR, United States NOAA Corps, Retired