Tent City And Camping
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Tent City And Camping


THE LAST TIME WE REPORTED A HOMELESS PERSON WAS CAMPING ILLEGALLY IN OPEN SPACE… HE WAS SHOT AND KILLED. NOW, ALBUQUERQUE POLICE ARE FACED WITH A SIMILAR PROBLEM. TRANSIENTS ARE SETTING UP TENTS IN PUBLIC PARKS. ACTION 7 NEWS REPORTER LAURA THOREN ASKED THE CITY HOW THEY’RE DEALING WITH THE PROBLEM, THIS TIME. RIGHT NOW, SOME HOMELESS PEOPLE IN ALBUQUERQUE ARE MAKING CITY PROPERTY, THEIR BEDROOM. A STRETCH OF STREET BY FIRST AND IRON IS BEING CALLED “TENT CITY.” NOW TRANSIENTS ARE MOVING INTO PUBLIC PARKS. WHAT THEY’RE DOING IS AGAINST THE LAW. “It is illegal to camp in public areas and parks.” BUT MAYOR BERRY’S CHIEF OF STAFF, GILBERT MONTANO… SAYS THESE PEOPLE WILL NOT BE ARRESTED. INSTEAD, THE CITY IS OFFERING THEM TEMPORARY HOUSING, OR A BUS RIDE HOME. IF THEY REFUSE TO LEAVE, MONTANO SAYS THEY’LL GET A NOTICE OF EVICTION. In this situation we felt patience was ultimately the best form of interacting with this population of homeless. A “MUCH DIFFERENT” APPROACH COMPARED TO 11 MONTHS AGO. WHEN THIS HOMELESS MAN — JAMES BOYD — WAS CAMPING IN ALBUQUERQUE OPEN SPACE. NEIGHBORS CALLED POLICE TO GET BOYD TO MOVE… WHEN HE WOULDN’T … DOZENS OF OFFICERS ARRIVED. AN HOURS LONG STAND OFF ENDED IN TWO OFFICERS SHOOTING AND KILLING BOYD… AFTER THEY SAY HE PULLED OUT KNIVES AND LUNGED AT A K9 OFFICER. Laura Thoren: Now it’s February of 2015, and we have homeless people and police involvement. So I’m wondering what’s going to be different – how are we going to prevent something like the James Boyd shooting? Gilbert: I understand your question and the correlation you’re trying to make, and I get what you’re asking I just have to say the situations, although on the surface seem very similar as far as camper and homeless person, the dynamics of the day were very different. BOYD HAD A CRIMINAL HISTORY AND MENTAL ILLNESS. MONTANO SAYS MANY OF THE HOMELESS YOU SEE IN THE PARKS JUST NEED TO GET BACK ON THEIR FEET. THE MAYOR’S OFFICE IS FOCUSED ON PROVIDING THEM THE HELP THEY NEED. LAURA THOREN KOAT ACTION 7 NEWS. WE ASKED GILBERT WHEN THE HOMELESS WILL BEGIN RECEIVING EVICTION NOTICES, HE SAID HE DIDN’T HAVE AN

One Comment

  • Care Bear On Chemical X

    You've seen the video. It was murder. Nothing more, nothing less. Might be time to stop watching your channel.

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