Economics/Class Relations

Riot Police Clash With Hundreds of Homeless in Los Angeles

Homeless folks are cool.

By Rick Moran, PJ Media

Echo Park Lake in Los Angeles has been home to thousands of homeless people since 2019. But homeless advocates objected when the city decided to renovate and rehabilitate the park, placing fencing around portions of the lake as the first step.

Police were ordered to sweep the park of tents and other structures and to move the people out. It didn’t go well.

Hundreds of people protesting the sweep attacked riot police with rocks, bottles, and other projectiles, according to the department’s Twitter account.

The homeless encampment is, as you might expect, a hellhole.

“The Echo Park facility has devolved into a very dangerous place for everyone there: drug overdoses, sexual and physical assaults, self-styled leaders taxing homeless individuals and vendors, animal abuse, families without shelter in the colder weather, and last fall shootings where one homeless individual was shot in the leg by gang members while children stood nearby,” City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell said in a statement. “There have been four deaths in the park over the last year.”


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