VIDEO: Watch Anaheim Police Ruthlessly Enforce City's Anti-Homeless Crackdown

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Because the city has made it hard for them to stay
Anaheim's controversial war against the homeless in public parks has been in full effect for over a month now via an ordinance that bans tent camping and allows police to impound possessions. It's succeeded in pushing them out of the lawns of La Palma Park, which served as the city's nexus for homeless for years. But what of those who remained in other areas?

Despite damage control efforts by police and Anaheim officials to make it seem as if they're compassionate, enforcement at Maxwell Park in the city's West Side recently goes to show the overall effect of the new law is still to say: pack your shit and get out!

Roussan Joshua Collins, an outspoken critic of the ordinance at city council meetings, witnessed Anaheim officers arrive at Maxwell Park yesterday, filmed the police and uploaded an additional video. Cops emptied belongings held in shopping carts and gave the homeless at the park three hours to remove them from the premises.

Collins, a former math teacher turned transient, staged a one-man overnight sleep-in protest on the lawn of Anaheim City Hall earlier this month discussing homeless issues with police who arrived but did not arrest him.

Last year's homeless count carried out by the Anaheim Anti-Poverty Task Force noted 447 'unsheltered' persons living in the city. A second annual tally is set for next month.

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NoBullshit
NoBullshit

Gee, the police recovering stolen property(the carts) and then seeing them returned to their owners.  The ruthlessness is unbelievable!  Oh!  The tragedy of it all!  Plus, what kind of 5th rate journalist is this guy?  He couldn't bother to get any of the ruthless cops faces or names?  And this got front page of the web site?  Pretty fuckin' lame OC Weekly.....

edicey
edicey

I had personal experience with homeless people during the commute to work from north OC to Santa Ana on a daily basis. They are not very nice people. Some time of ask you for money, while some of them get angry for no reason, and then some of them just small real badly. I mean at the end of the trip commute to home from work, I'm left emotionally drained.


If a person went homeless and wanted to get a place to live, there is help for that but. They tried helping them and they turn them down resulting that they want to stay homeless.


On a San Francisco trip, someone said why would they want to live like that when in jail you can get free three mails and a place to live.


The situation where cities are trying to get homeless people off the streets doesn't bother me much. Because homeless people by choice just degrades the quality of life where I don't want to leave the house anymore.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

When Homelessness is Outlawed, only Outlaws will be Homeless !!



fc2479
fc2479

Good for Anahiem....Think they should just round all of them up, transport them to the fields and have them pick fruit, veggies etc....house them based on their work and keep them out of the cities....then we would not have to rely on illegals....problem solved

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

The author and anyone advocating compassion need to step up and invite these vagrants into your homes and allow them to camp in your yards. Talk is cheap. If you really cared you'd take these people in and feed them and listen to them talk gibbrish all day and not take baths and get drunk and do drugs in your yard. Don't want to be around that? Well neither do the people spending lots of money to travel and visit Disneyland with their families. How about some compassion for them.  

servingjesus99212
servingjesus99212

So everyone knows, housing is a right for all according to the Universal Declaration of Human rights written up by the U.N. (See article 25). America signed this document, but is not granting this right for all. here is Article 25.

Article 25.

  • (1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
  • (2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

Some of our homeless are war veterans. Would some of you call those people, lazy, dirty and worthless bums? :-(

beesa
beesa

Anaheim so desperately wants to be Irvine. It's sad really. I live in Anaheim and work in Irvine. Irvine blows. Nothing but gated communities, overpriced "luxury" condos (that they can't sell because they're asking more than anyone wants to spend right now) and office highrises through the whole city. Can't find a gas station without a GPS because they hide them all. I guess fueling your vehicle is "unsightly" and lowers property values. 

Once the rich white assholes achieve their goal of full segregation along city lines, I hope my Latino bros will accept my gringo ass in their city. I don't want to live with the boring white people that call and tattle on their neighbors for parking in the street.

sheilamotko
sheilamotko

This so sad..people who are homeless need help not ridicule or discrimination. There aren't room for most of them in shelters, some homeless are whole families who parents have lost their jobs do to several situations. They can't stay in abandoned homes, they will get in trouble or hurt(depends on what the abandoned place looks like) Some are mentally not capable of caring for their needs. Some can't even afford their meds even though they have medical ..if they are lucky enough. yes, most have to steal carts to put what they have left of their belongings in. If they could use the abandon houses,apartment complexs and motels around the city  to put them in temporary...that would help not fix but help the homeless problems. Not all homeless people are lazy..they may have jobs but not well paying ,they may not be able to find a job..because the job market is full of unemployed people doing the same thing of looking for jobs,And some are just ill,but not enough to be looked after.

Anahiem is a city with tourists that come from all over the world. And they are embarressed for those out of country or state tourists to see what the city is really like.

Brainwashed_in_church
Brainwashed_in_church

Kill two birds with one stone. Take the homeless and the prison population and have them do the work illegal aliens are doing now: picking crops, cleaning buses, cleaning the community, pickup up trash, working in food processing facilities, etc. The technology (GPS tracking for example) exists to keep them secure. Give them an opportunity to do something productive and get out of a negative spiral and possibly earn early release or weekly treats. Meanwhile, there would be less demand for illegal aliens and less burden on social and government resources.

20ftjesus
20ftjesus topcommenter

Three hours seems pretty reasonable considering the alternative.

SupportLaurasLaw
SupportLaurasLaw

Gee....the police taking STOLEN shopping carts from the homeless people without charging them with anything for stealing it or possessing stolen property.  How "ruthless".

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

@fc2479 Actually, back when there were far fewer Mexicans in the US, back when the US government actually tried to enforce immigration law, there were 'fruit tramps' who were essentially hobos who travelled and picked fruit.

ltpar
ltpar topcommenter

@servingjesus99212 If there is an organization more screwed up and corrupt than the United States Government, it is the Unorganized Nations.  Despite the desires of some of our politicans, the Constitution stills governs the United States and not some bullshit edict by the U.N.    

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@servingjesus99212 LOL at that. Ask the UN to buy you a house then. Me too. Adequate for me is a villa on the beach. I'll be waiting by the mailbox for my UN check. 

servingjesus99212
servingjesus99212

housing is a right for all according to the Universal Declaration of Human rights written up by the U.N. (See article 25). America signed this document, but is not granting this right for all. here is Article 25.

Article 25.

  • (1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
  • (2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.

servingjesus99212
servingjesus99212

a classless and equal society (with no rich or poor) would be wonderful - I know Greed should be outlawed, and the Federal Reserve from what I have learned is destroying the lives of many. The system is far from fair, and no wonder so many are on the streets, while corporations greedily grab for more and more(Even at the expense of using child slave labor) Boycott Nike, Gap, Hersheys and ever other company that uses child slave labor. my friend, and for more info and a video on this check out www.rjoshuacollins.wordpress.com -  . .......

sheilamotko
sheilamotko

I also think it should be against the law for people to buy property who live/from another country..they buy rentals..and raise the rents so high that no one can afford them.

trb92677
trb92677

They become too weak and burned out from the streets to work, sad but mostly true but for few.

SupportLaurasLaw
SupportLaurasLaw

@sheilamotko  

Here’s the viewpoint of someone who contacts and speaks with homeless people most days of the week:

“This so sad..people who are homeless need help”

Some yes, but a significant percentage (at least 90%) don’t want help, they want handouts.  They are willing to put ZERO effort into getting off the street, addressing their problems, etc.

“some homeless are whole families who parents have lost their jobs do to several situations.”

Some, yes, but very few.  In thirteen years as a police officer in a city with a significant homeless population and a homeless shelter, I’ve encountered…..let me add this up….ZERO families with children on the street.  Those with children tend to avail themselves to the various programs that continue to be available and work hard to get their lives back on track.  Those with children who are unwilling to work hard generally have substance abuse problems and lose their children to the system due to their substance abuse and unwillingness to work to keep their children.

“They can't stay in abandoned homes, they will get in trouble or hurt(depends on what the abandoned place looks like)”

Or will start a fire to cook or keep warm and end up burning the property down.

“Some are mentally not capable of caring for their needs.”

Finally, a valid statement.  The relative lack of availability of free mental health and drug treatment in this country is shameful and needs to be addressed.  Jail and prison is a horrible substitute for mental health and drug treatment programs, don’t solve anything, and possibly makes things worse.  This is exacerbated by the failure of the public and courts to allow forced medication in appropriate circumstances.  There are many severely mentally ill people out there who become quite functional given the right medication mix.  But because they don’t like the way the meds make them feel, and their illness hides the obviousness of their condition from them, they refuse to take medication.  Support Laura’s Law.

“Some can't even afford their meds even though they have medical ..if they are lucky enough. yes,”

Wrong.  There are plenty of free clinics and Medi-Cal/Medicare will cover the entire cost.  They won’t take the meds for the reasons outlined above.

“most have to steal carts to put what they have left of their belongings in.”

Most steal carts to carry the huge volume of donated belongings handed out to them by churches and other groups.  The only personal items any of them have are documents relating to SSI and other government benefits.  And, yes, some bank statements.  And, almost always, their medical marijuana recommendation, which somehow so many of them seem to be able to afford (along with cigarettes).  These shopping carts full of belongings also act as an anchor to their life on the street, as large amounts of belongings make them feel like they can’t leave their belongings for a second, which gives them an excuse not to find a job and work.

“If they could use the abandon houses,apartment complexs and motels around the city  to put them in temporary...that would help not fix but help the homeless problems.”

Yes, let’s force property owners and neighbors to assume all risks associated with transients living in their properties.  Vandalism, fires, crime, drug use, use of their property as a toilet.  You’ve really thought this through.

“Not all homeless people are lazy”

Yes and no.  I’m amazed that so many are willing to put in 40 hours a week pandhandling yet won’t look for a job.

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@SupportLaurasLaw Shopping carts are a Universal Human Right according to the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

servingjesus99212
servingjesus99212

do you not care for the rights of others? It sounds like this is the case. Your laughing and mocking are inappropriate when so many are suffering, and the rights of others are violated. Shame on you. If you have nothing good to say it is best to silence your mouth.

NoBullshit
NoBullshit

@servingjesus99212 A classless and equal society?  Will never occur, the USSR fell in the folly and the communism of China is a joke...

servingjesus99212
servingjesus99212

housing is a right for all according to the Universal Declaration of Human rights written up by the U.N. (See article 25). America signed this document, but is not granting this right for all. here is Article 25.

Article 25.
  • (1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
  • (2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.

sheilamotko
sheilamotko

@SupportLaurasLaw Not trying to argue with you but on the point no homeless families or zero families on the streets...there are some in my city. I hope you continue with your cause and are willing to help those who do want the help and not just a hand out. God bless

sheilamotko
sheilamotko

@SupportLaurasLawHave you ever been homeless?? Well I have been ..wasn't easy to get out of it. I was one of the lucky ones.  You tell me where there are free clinics? You may work with them but you don't understand them..Where do you expect the homeless to sleep? There aren't enough shelters..they need shelters that allows the whole family to stay together..out here where I live..they separate married couples who have children. Which is very hard on the children. Tell ya what..hire the homeless..if you put on a job applciation your homeless you won't get hired..in some employment you need an address to send the payroll check or tax info..Not many employers will hire a homeless man or women . When I was ,I tried too..I ended up using my parents address..this was around 1986-87 . My worry is more for children sleeping out on the streets/parks etc. Even though we aren't having a really cold winter..No one should be out in the cold(or heat ) There are some that have an income and have just lost their homes because either their house payments were too high or rent was too high. I live in a two bedroom,two bath..2001 paid for the same plan.$495 Today my husband pays..$795 for the same plan. We barely make it. He has heath plan through Medi-Cal because he is disabled . I can't afford any kind of Medical and Med-i Cal turned me down . I can't afford to get new glasses , but I do with what I have . I hope you can help those homeless who need it. And understand its not just /all their faults either.

20ftjesus
20ftjesus topcommenter

@FishWithoutBicycle Same here.  I've spent a lot of time helping the homeless and wish OC/Riverside/SB would get together and create a safe campground for them (complete with outdoor showers, pit toilets, and a soup kitchen).

chylryan
chylryan

Hahaha oh that was a joke. Wow. I fail

chylryan
chylryan

I'm sorry, what? So California law is now converse to a human right? I'm sure we all have the right to OWN a shopping cart, but certainly not to steal one and maintain it as a possession. Let's just think about this, please.

ltpar
ltpar topcommenter

@servingjesus99212  Hate to be the bearer of ill tidings but your classless, equal society is just another word for Socialism.  While you may speak to God, I seriously doubt he is promoting a world where half of the people sit on their butts and are supported by the other half?  While not hearing from God directly, I like things the way they are where I am free to improve myself and provide my family with a better life.  I thank God for those blessings every day.     

servingjesus99212
servingjesus99212

I move where GOD tells me, not where you tell me, and obviously those places (Cuba, etc.)are filled with corruption just like here. The good news is the meek will inherit the earth, this is GOD's promise.

servingjesus99212
servingjesus99212

In anaheim there is no shelter - it is not even available, and if it was available, that would be the same as it being given. The homeless would be given shelter if it was available, and it is not. I really don't see the difference between available and given.

chylryan
chylryan

This means individuals cannot be denied those provisions and that they be available... Not that they are to be given.

NoBullshit
NoBullshit

@gabrielsanroman @chylryan You're cute.  The ACLU doesn't give a shit about the homeless because there is no money to be made from them.  Don't believe me? Read their financial disclosures...

SupportLaurasLaw2
SupportLaurasLaw2

@gabrielsanroman

More like stored for 90 days where they can retrieve it at no charge.  You've got a point of view.  I get it.  At least be accurate.

gabrielsanroman
gabrielsanroman topcommenter

@chylryanOfficers have taken property in Los Angeles deemed "abandoned" when really all the homeless person did was leave it to go to the bathroom. That's why the ACLU is watching Anaheim's step. The video speaks for itself. People who have so little to begin with are being told to take what they have and find somewhere to store it within three hours lest it be confiscated and impounded.

chylryan
chylryan

I agree.

People want to demonize the police, but it is worth informing the public that officers don't just cruise into parks, confiscate property and force the homeless out, such as this article is attempting to illustrate. It's at least a little more tasteful than that.

The community should know that, effective or not, there are programs in place aimed at helping those on the streets.

I otherwise agree with you. Thank you for shedding light on the opinions of the very people so heavily scrutinized.

chylryan
chylryan

The police are simply responding to a blight in the community that has been ignored over time. It has become a major issue in the city and generates many issues throughout the community. Refer to California Code BPC 22435.2. Individuals in possession of shopping carts off store property are subject to citation. Rather than citing the homeless in possession of these carts, the police simply retrieve them and offer plastic bags in place of the cart.

As far as the "three hour" deadline mentioned in this video, the three hour ordinance only applies to unattended or in other words abandoned property. The police do not arbitrarily throw away the property. They store it for 90 days in a secure location.

As far as I can tell the police weren't asking anyone to leave. It is not illegal to be homeless.

ISupportLaurasLaw
ISupportLaurasLaw

@sheilamotko

Sheila, I am very happy that you were able to get off and remain off the streets.  However, comparing your experiences 25 years ago to the situation that exists today is comparing apples to oranges.

In the 13 years I've been dealing with the homeless (and that’s all I can really vouch for), there are far more services and resources available now than at any other time.  However, the homeless population as a whole is more hardcore addicted, more mentally ill, more prone to violence, more prone to commit crime in general, and comes with a greater sense of entitlement than ever before, especially within the last 3 years or so.

With the arrival of the faux-hippie idealistic yet unrealistic goals of the Occupy movement, there’s been an explosion of, for lack of a better description, “homeless by choice”.  The romantic idea of backpacking across Europe for a summer has been replaced by the adventurous idea of being homeless (I’m sorry, of being a “traveler”) in America smoking weed and taking drugs with no determinate end date.  It’s a trap that sucks people in, and it’s due to entitlement and all the handouts that makes it easy to live such a life.

I’ve grown weary of pulling strings to get people who claim they want rehab into a program, only to see them back on the street because they tell me, literally, that rehab was boring and no fun.  I’ve also had to deal with their dead bodies when they overdose a few months later.  It’s not a pleasant experience.  There are far more failures than success stories, which, I know, is typical for addiction, but I suspect the success rate with the homeless is probably even lower than the success rate for the general addict population.

I’ve tired of arranging for free transportation back home for family reunification only to see the person return a couple months later because it’s easier to be homeless than to deal with their family and real life.  This is more the rule than the exception.

The vouchers and everything else referenced by chylryan/Anaheim really is just window dressing, a way to make removing the homeless from your city more palatable to the general public, and to make the city less vulnerable to attack in the press.  Yet this is what the taxpaying and productive public, for the most part, want, but often won’t be willing to say in public.  I listen to it in private, a lot, when citizens approach me and ask why we aren’t doing more to address the homeless problem.  Believe me, there are a lot of people out there with views similar to those expressed by Brainwashed, who I hope was being facetious, given the Germs logo for his profile.  The homeless do not come without a price to the general public….violence, drugs, theft, other crimes, and yes, that unsightly and scary mentally ill guy at Starbucks who may in all actuality be a very decent person with a serious mental illness, they all come hand in hand with the homeless population, and people don’t want it in their city or where they shop.

I’m actually a very liberal guy with a punk rock upbringing who, at times, feels like I’ve infiltrated the enemy, only to find out that they’re not really the enemy.  My attitudes have become far more liberal since becoming a police officer and dealing with so many people in bad situations.  So please don’t view me as towing the party line.  This is just an educated honest opinion of one guy who deals with the homeless every day I work.  Handouts and making it more comfortable on the streets for the homeless is contributing to the problem.

My view, for what it’s worth, is to continue to prosecute and imprison drug dealers, but take all the enforcement money currently used for prosecuting and imprisoning mere drug users and apply it towards treatment programs.  Provide drug and mental illness treatment for all who want it for free.  Pass Laura’s Law and force medicate in appropriate situations.  And, finally, end all the handouts except for the most seriously mentally ill.

chylryan
chylryan

@sheilamotko @SupportLaurasLaw

Anaheim has just launched a new Homeless Outreach Program specifically to educate individuals on the street regarding those topics. Anaheim liaison officers are permitted to hand out hotel vouchers, coupons for food and other living necessities as well as provide transportation to family members if someone has found themselves stuck in Orange County with no money and no way to get home.

The city can only be so responsible for those that cannot or will not care for themselves. That would be the purpose of government programs and other non-profit organizations that the police DO introduce to people on the streets.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@20ftjesus ... sounds like A Modest Proposal ...


Soylent Green is People!

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

@20ftjesus 

Oh, you.:-P

Of course, Christ did advocate cannibalism...in a way. But why don't we throw the rapists, murderers and pedophiles in the soup pot instead?

20ftjesus
20ftjesus topcommenter

Oh yah, I forgot one thing:  once they reach a certain age, they would be harvested for food. 

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