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Los Angeles spends more money policing the homeless than helping them:

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http://www.rawstory.com/2015/04/los-angeles-spends-more-money-policing-the-homeless-than-helping-them-report-shows/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheRawStory+(The+Raw+Story)

A  new report shows that more than half of the $100 million the city of Los Angeles spends on homelessness each year goes to the LAPD. Critics say this illustrates the city’s priority on criminalizing the homeless instead of helping them,LA Times reports.

 

The LAPD arrested almost 15,000 homeless people in 2013 — that’s a whopping 14% of all of the department’s arrests. Taxpayers footed the bill to the tune of somewhere between $46 million and $80 million.

Additionally, the report shows that approximately $6 million goes to fund the LAPD’s mental evaluation unit that intervenes with people with mental illness. Another $6.7 million is allocated to the Safer Cities Initiative — a team of 71 officers deployed on skid row who frequently interact with mentally ill people lingering on the sidewalk.

By contrast, the emergency response teams from the L.A. Homeless Services Authority, a city-county agency that deals with most of complains related to homelessness is supported by only $330,000 in city general fund money and is ill-equipped to respond adequately.

 

 

Police standing over fallen man (Screencapture

 

 

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A lot of homeless are veterans.

We have failed to care for both our soldiers and our mentally ill population. 

Truly sad.

​I know,  we have failed one another.  

Whole world has done gone calous, cold. 

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