California Police Arrest People, 1 Child, For Feeding Homeless

About dozen people, including a 14-year-old child, were arrested in El Cajon, California, for feeding  homeless folks at a city park on Jan. 14.

The feeding was organized by Break the Ban, a group that opposes an ordinance passed by the El Cajon City Council in October 2017 that prohibits distributing food on city-owned properties.

Some of the people feeding the homeless held signs that read: “Feeding the hungry is not a crime.”

Shane Parmely, one of the activists, said: “It was absolutely necessary to beak this law until they were willing to enforce it, and, now that they have, we will continue this fight in court.”

 

“This park is part of city property so you aren’t allowed to food share,” the officer in the video said. “…If you guys continue to food share, then you guys are subject to arrest, all right?”

The people arrested were given a misdemeanor citation with a date to appear in court and released. 

 

(Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune)

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