Skid Row Sweeps Raise Tensions, Spark Debate in LA - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/24/02

Skid Row Sweeps Raise Tensions, Spark Debate in LA

Police in Los Angeles say they want to get criminals off the streets, not relocate the homeless. But things are tense on Skid Row, after two sweeps last week that resulted in about 200 arrests.

Police say they were targeting parole and probation violators hiding among the homeless. But the unofficial "Mayor of Skid Row" says people are being stopped at random and he was searched even though he is not on parole.

The crackdown came just days after a consortium of downtown business and development groups and two city council members called for initiatives to combat homelessness downtown. As many as 5,000 people live on Skid Row.

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