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City Arrests Citizens For Handing Out Free Food

City Arrests Citizens For Handing Out Free Food

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Helping the homeless is now a crime in part of El Cajon, Calif. Between 12 and 15 people were arrested Sunday and cited for giving food to the poor at a city park in the San Diego suburb.

“This park is part of city property so you aren’t allowed to food share,” a police officer in a Facebook video told activists.  “… If you guys continue to food share, then you guys are subject to arrest, alright?”

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The activists were handing food and toiletries to homeless people in Wells Park. Officers cited and arrested all the activists, but did not handcuff anybody or take them to jail, The San Diego Union Tribune reported. The activists were protesting an ordinance banning the distribution of food on public property.

Threat to Public Health?

The El Cajon city council passed the ordinance in October because city officials believe distributing food to the poor spreads diseases like Hepatitis A, The Union Tribune reported.

The ordinance made feeding the homeless a misdemeanor. Repeat offenders might be charged with an aggravated misdemeanor, which can lead to 364 days in jail.

“It was absolutely necessary to break this law until they were willing to enforce it, and, now that they have, we will continue this fight in court,” protest organizer Shane Parmely told The Union Tribune. Parmely said he and others would keep feeding the homeless and getting arrested until the ban is overturned.

“Our goal is to get the ban overturned and sit down and figure out how to humanely deal with something that’s not going away,” protestor Mark Lane said.

Homelessness is a serious problem in San Diego County, where rents are skyrocketing.

The number of people living on the streets in downtown San Diego increased by 27 percent in 2017, The Union Tribune reported.

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  1. This is not for public safety, it is for control of the people. TOTAL police state. Wake up sheeple. BTW: it did not start with Tramp, sorry Trump, or Berry, sorry Obama, Clinton. It all started by Bush 2, but it was in the planning stages since Reagan

    • Darkwing, it has been there all along, all thoughout history, there are always those, whom we must watch out for, that try to control others instead of serving and representing them. like in the Civil war, when before Lincoln said that states had the right to secede, then as president he backed away and said how would the nation suvive without the South (and its cotton), instead of addressing the economic / abusive teriffs issues. Then the South had its 1 or 2 % of the populations that just had to control people …slaves, all for power and profit. And all those wars of conquest by various emperors…. The US was supposed to be different, to empower the individual, but Thomas Jefferson was advocating for another revolution before he died of old age…because our own government had deviated so far from its original purpose and path, ignoring and circumventing the constitution. History is inaccurate…written by the victors. Both WWI and WWII were contrived, and so will be the Next. Half our own country appears to be blind, and addicted to TV, instead of kicking the corrupt out of office, they keep eleceting them, term after term, and failing to impeach the judges that missuse their office.

  2. First off, anyone can feed anyone they wish to because it is a (supposed to be protected by ALL who serve within our governments) Natural Right as found in the US Constitution, Amendments 9 & 10.

    People fed other people BEFORE there were governments, just like they drank and used water, ate, breathed, farmed, fished, hunted, traveled, etc all natural rights.

    There was NO power DELEGATED to tell people who they are ALLOWED to feed, nor that they cannot do it on PUBLIC (the people’s) property. Those that serve within our governments – state and federal – are our REPRESENTATIVES with specific in writing duties to perform. Period.

    They (the people who SERVE WITHIN our governments = public servants) are NOT allowed to decide what is their power/authority; it is found in writing within the (in this case) California Constitution – highest LAW of the state and to which all who serve within the state’s government are Oathbound to support and defend and within the US Constitution as the supreme LAW of this nation, add to that they are also (by a combined Oath or two separate) bound to support and defend the US Constitution.

    Those documents are our “government” NOT the people who serve within government. For those that serve the authority is NOT THEIRS and it matters not what position they occupy – high or low. All power/authority is DELEGATED to the different branches and to NAMED IN WRITING offices within a branch. Those that SERVE WITHIN our governments are ALLOWED to use that authority/power when they do the duties as written in a constitutional manner, take and KEEP their Oaths. When they step outside of the written authority, they no longer LAWFULLY meet the requirements of the position they occupy. As with any contract, once they break it, they can be fired/removed and should be.

    Brookfield Construction Company V. Stewart 284 F Sup. 94: “An officer who acts in violation of the constitution ceases to represent the government.”
    JFK, Yale University, June 11, 1962: “For the greatest enemy of the truth is very often not the lie – deliberate, contrived, and dishonest – but the myth – persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.”

    James Madison: “Government is instituted to protect property of every sort; as well that which lies in the various rights of individuals, as that which the term particularly expresses. This being the end of government, that alone is a just government, which impartially secures to every man, whatever is his own.” (yes, your natural rights, just like your own body,IS your property.)

  3. Defecating and drug use in public is a safety hazard. People as individuals and organizations (not the government beaurocrats), feeding people is not, and is not only a right, but a demand by YHWH. As such, the government officials and police, are placing themselves in the danger of judgement by a higher authority. Yes, we ARE our brother’s (and sisters) keepers. It is up to us, not a interfering, totalarian , would-be socialist state, to make sure our fellow citizens have the basics of life. Note…socialism, and various other governmental forms… ‘public’ areas , instead of belonging to ‘we the people’ are deemed to belong to “I the government’ … whether city property , or national parks.

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