This video posted on YouTube today titled ‘You Won’t Believe What This Police Officer Says’, a man is seen getting a ticket from a police officer for sitting down in public. In the video, the police officer approaching the homeless man that was ‘illegally’ sitting down said,
“Remember last week? We talked about you sitting down, you said you’d never been warned…You can’t sit in the alleys, you can’t sit in the streets, you can’t sit on the sidewalks in Denver.”
What has become a sort of war on the homeless that actually just makes it harder for people to get off the streets, homeless people across the nation are being targeted by authorities which are in the process of criminalizing homelessness. Buried under a paper bureaucracy which is often nearly impossible to get out from under, I’ve witnessed homeless people here in San Diego who literally have stacks of citations for merely sleeping on the streets. Add to that a ban on feeding homeless people in some areas and we have a largely ignored, but real problem on our hands.
In what may be the most telling when it comes to the state of homelessness in America, when the officer was asked about why the ticket was being given to the homeless man, “So, because people who have homes, don’t want to see people that don’t have homes..”
“That could be, that’s part of the law”
Many people, including the government and obviously the officer in this video, think that if you can’t see the problem of homelessness then it doesn’t exist. The sad fact is that many people are on tough times, including veterans, those with mental illness, children, victims of domestic abuse and the working poor simply cannot afford to live off the streets and are being treated as criminals because of it. Image credit: Chris Yarzab
Please do what you can to help the less fortunate in your area, obviously the police and governments are just making things worse.