Homeless protesters arraigned in Cleveland, Ohio, USA FWD

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Tue, 28 Dec 1999 13:35:15 -0800 (PST)


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http://news.excite.com/news/r/991228/04/oh-state-news-3
FWD  Excite News - December 28, 1999

HOMELESS PROTESTERS FACE CHARGES

(CLEVELAND) - Four protestors arrested during a demonstration for the
homeless were arraigned in court yesterday. The group of homeless advocates
had set up a tarp on Cleveland's Public Square. Police arrested several of
them while they were sleeping in the area. They were all jailed for a few
hours on a charge of unlawful use of parks. Only one of the protestors
arraigned was actually homeless.

http://www.phillynews.com/inquirer/99/Dec/25/international/HOMELESS25.htm
FWD  Philadelphia Inquirer - December 25, 1999

     BEING ASLEEP IN CLEVELAND WON'T LAND HOMELESS IN JAIL

     A judge prevented police from arresting people
     whom they found snoozing in various parts of the city.

     By M.R. Kropko
     ASSOCIATED PRESS

CLEVELAND - A federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order to
prevent police from arresting homeless people sleeping in some parts of
Cleveland.

However, the judge allowed police late Thursday to continue removing the
homeless from a downtown area that includes Public Square, where five
people protesting the new policy were arrested early Thursday after
refusing to leave a makeshift tent village.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Thursday in response to
the arrests.

Mayor Michael R. White had announced late last month that police would step
up enforcement aimed at panhandlers and street crime, but advocates for the
homeless said the crackdown was actually aimed at the city's estimated
3,000 homeless people.

White's move followed an announcement by New York Mayor Rudolph Guiliani
that street people who refused to move along when ordered to do so by New
York police would be arrested.

The ACLU lawsuit, filed on behalf of four homeless men in Cleveland,
alleges that, by preventing homeless people from sleeping on city property,
the city violates the Constitution.

"The people who end up on city streets are using steam grates just to stay
alive" the ACLU's Ohio legal director, Ray Vasvari, said. "The action by
the city criminalizes homelessness."

City Safety Director Henry Guzman said the people arrested Thursday morning
did not have a permit to be in the park, and their heaters posed a safety
risk.

"It is clear that the city's enforcement effort is not only legal, it is
humanitarian," Law Director Cornell Carter said.

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