The Dallas Police Are Clearing Homeless from Along the Katy Trail

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Dallas police were out in force near the Katy Trail earlier this morning, with four squad cars and at least as many officers gathered in the grassy area at Hall Street sandwiched between the trail and Turtle Creek.

A few officers were by the brush along the trail, near where a blue folding chair sat empty. Three more were down by the creek, talking to a homeless man. Three city workers watched from next to a parks department truck. Asked what was going on, one said police were clearing the homeless from along the trail.

The DPD officer I talked to would say only that police were there as part of a "homeless initiative," referring additional questions to media relations. Police spokeswoman Melinda Gutierrez said the officers were out meeting with homeless people and encouraging them to enter shelters as part of the department's crisis intervention program.

Gutierrez didn't know why police were targeting the space along Hall Street -- they may have been alerted to a homeless camp there, she said -- or if it was part of a broader sweep. She referred those questions to the crisis intervention unit, with whom I've left a message.

The homeless man along the creek was directed to leave the park and head west. As he was leaving, he told me he came to the park every morning because its safe and secluded and allows him to consume his breakfast -- two beers -- in peace. This morning, he'd purchased four beers, only two of which he'd finished when the cops arrived. They made him pour the other two out.

That didn't bother him much; he could always go buy more beer at the store. What concerned him more was that he no longer has a spot to drink it. He declined to give his name.

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MisterMean
MisterMean

Now they should do the other trails too.

roo_ster
roo_ster

Katy trail: Now with 80% fewer vagrants.

BobLowlaw
BobLowlaw

Thank you Dallas Police.  Because of the bums, Dallas "can't have anything nice."  The expensive new downtown parks are doomed.

DOCensors
DOCensors

Good. Do they have a legitimate reason to be there? Other than some libtard bleeding heart bullshit-- why should we cede all out public spaces to vagrants?

WylieH
WylieH

Maybe this will reduce the number of thefts of packages off of the steps of surrounding homes.  Some of the homeless walking to and from the park swipe UPS/Fedex boxes off of front steps, hoping for goodies.

BobStinson
BobStinson

"We have a new directive from HQ on this. In the future, in place of 'search and destroy,' substitute the phrase 'sweep and clear.' Got it?"

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

I can't believe those heartless bastards made him dump out the rest of his breakfast.

How is this guy gonna' find a job if he can't keep his strength up? Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, you know.

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

and the Loon doesn't open for another couple hours so the poor guy has nowhere to go right now.

downtownworker
downtownworker

That area has been pretty secluded for a while, but now that construction is ramping up on all sides with new apartments, I'm not surprised that property owners are clearing out the homeless. Hillwood (Perot) owns a huge site there. Hopefully this means construction is imminent.

Bobtex
Bobtex

@DOCensors What exactly is a "legitimate reason" to be in a public park? No, wait, I am probably asking the wrong person this question.

markzero
markzero

@TheCredibleHulk I'm fine with them making him dump out his beers, if alcohol isn't permitted at the park, and if they enforce that rule for other people as well. Otherwise, though, if it's a public park, why's he being booted from it when the park is open? It doesn't sound like he was camping there or accosting passers-by. Are homeless people not allowed the same rights as others?

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