posted on Jun, 5 2015 @ 05:50 PM
originally posted by: zazzafrazz
It's so the can get them into jail due to non fine payment.....
It is, but not in a direct way, it is far more insidious than that. The police, directionally, are doing the right thing in their approach to
homelessness. They move them on if they are behaving criminally or blocking access, or in areas when public drinking is restricted, they'll move them
on from there. Otherwise, they live and let live and respect "life choices". This initiative is driven by the local civil authority in conjunction
with commercial interests who find the presence of homelessness bad for business and want them out of sight as well as mind.
My own experience of working with the Police, in relation to attempts to build relationships with the homeless in the area that I live and work, that
would have been mutually beneficial to Police and residents, was quashed by those with only financial interests in the area not residency. The
councils in all tourist towns and cities belong to networks that combine the interests of tourism and commerce, naturally, but this is always to the
detriment of those on the lowest rung of the ladder. There is little enough support for homelessness, particularly chronic homelessness related to
mental health and dependency issues, some of these people are vulnerable in ways that are hard to perceive and understand, that's if they even get
past their irrational fear and revulsion.
This "measure" is civil authorities trying to get the Police to get rid of the "problem". It is the slipperiest of slopes.