LOS ANGELES, CA – Locals that placed approximately 60 large boulders throughout an underpass beneath the I-10 Freeway in West L.A., in an effort to deter from homeless encampments that were cropping up and creating dangerous circumstances for residents, were recently threatened with legal action if they didn’t remove said boulders.
Yet, the locals who placed the boulders in the area that was rife with said encampments stated that authorities have done little to nothing to halt establishments of these very encampments.
I don’t blame them. They need to get a plan for homeless me and my small daughter we’re nearly attacked by a homeless lady the other day. They leave trash, feces, it’s trashing out cities we raise our kids in
— Brittnee (@BrittneeS) September 10, 2020
Numerous people willingly claimed responsibility for setting up the boulders within the South Robertson district underpass, and are seemingly unapologetic about said endeavor, too.
Having staged said boulders as a means to deter the homeless from setting up shop underneath the Cattauragus Avenue exit on the freeway, one local stated they’ve received death threats as a result:
“We are getting death threats but they claim they are compassionate.”
One of the locals had zero quarrels with naming himself. Peter Iliff, a screenwriter and resident of the South Robertson area, stated that those advocating for the homeless in the area have no idea what he and others have tried to do prior to resorting to the boulder situation:
“We offered an apartment [to some of the homeless] – not talking shelter – an apartment. They still refused.”
Prior to the boulders being placed in the area on the underpass, locals had gathered to clean the copious amounts of filth left behind from previous encampments.
Iliff described some of the aforementioned muck they’d cleaned up:
“We found five jugs of urine, a bag full of meth pipes and oxycontin.”
They crowd funded like $3K for 60 rocks after dealing with the itinerants scatting, leaving crack pipes, and attacking toddlers and parents with "sharp objects". Homeless encampments create disturbing problems when 'close to home', so to speak.
— Greg Hoyt (@GregHoytLET) September 12, 2020
But it wasn’t just the remnants of debauchery that were an issue in the area often filled with vagrants – as police have had to respond to the area regarding a vagabond who was chasing a man and his two toddlers with a sharp object.
The victim in that case stated the following about the armed vagrant:
“He was he was screaming and using inappropriate words.”
Backers of "Mysterious Boulders" explain why they are totally fed up with the crime, drugs, assaults, and other danger and nuisance related to the "homeless" camps, aka drug addict camps and criminal camps. https://t.co/xuli0B4vJ1
— Homeless Zombie Apocalypse (@ZombieHomeless) September 12, 2020
Firefighters have also had to respond to the area regarding campfires gone awry and began to spread.
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Before resorting to slapping boulders underneath the freeway, locals had approached the city to see about purchasing a hotel that was fire-damaged in an effort to restore it to a livable status and afford the local homeless population a solution.
Apparently, the city bore no interest in said effort.
So, the locals caught wind of a form of landscaping that another underpass hosted on Motor Avenue.
Namely, large boulders accompanied by mulch and agave plants. Thus, the locals decided to emulate said style and slap together an impromptu version hosting similar boulders underneath the Cattauragus Avenue exit.
When homeless advocates had caught wind of the boulders, they essentially weaponized the Bureau of Street Services – which the bureau threatened Iliff with felony charges if the boulders were not removed within a 24-hour period.
Which, Iliff did comply with.
But let that sink in for a moment – residents had reached out to the local government for solutions to a problem, and their proposition was ignored.
Then, they had essentially emulated an arrangement that was similar to another underpass which wasn’t an eye-sore and also served as a homeless deterrent.
Yet when addressing the problem local government wasn’t – legal threats were delivered against tax-paying residents within a 48-hour period (give or take) upon the discovery of the boulders.
It’s a felony to put rocks under the freeway to get the filth & crime out of their neighborhood but if u want to do heroin & shit on the street, officers will drive right past you. @mikeboninla, you are a disgrace and this city in general has straight lost its mind. I’m moving.
— lalarita (@lalarita17) September 12, 2020
Furthermore, the efforts by the locals were characterized as being “anti-homeless vigilantes” by the local ABC7 outlet. And Dan Donohue with the fair housing advocacy group Koreatown for All referred to the effort as the following:
“It was a shock. I had never seen an example of ‘hostile architecture’ that was so blatant and honestly obtrusive.”
“Hostile architecture”, That’s a new one…
— SBLove (@KMD50671141) September 10, 2020
But what homeless advocacy groups fail to realize is the reality of having to reside in an area affected by homelessness.
While there’s certainly nothing wrong with advocating for the homeless, the reality is that with the homeless population in a certain area comes a unique breed of problems for those residing in said area.
Manhunt underway after video captures criminal throw massive firework onto sleeping homeless man in NYC
MANHATTAN, NY – In light of recent events, hardly anything seems to be shocking anymore – especially when it pertains to crimes stemming from Democrat controlled cities. Much like how The Big Apple’s Harlem recently had a large firework thrown at a vagrant by some hoodlum while possible co-conspirators filmed the egregious attack.
Officials from the NYPD state that a 66-year-old man suffered burns to his back during the attack that was caught on video.
The appalling video shows one assailant hurling a lit firework that then explodes on top of the homeless man – while a person filming the debacle is present where some in the background can be heard saying “no” but others can be heard snickering.
Earlier yesterday morning, a homeless male was sleeping on the sidewalk in front of 67 Lenox Avenue, in the confines of the 28 pct, when he was attacked. The male pictured above threw a lit firework on him, which exploded causing burns to the victims back. pic.twitter.com/gUZhbLznGT
— Chief Rodney Harrison (@NYPDDetectives) June 23, 2020
The Sergeants Benevolent Association noted the following about the disturbing crime caught on camera:
“Homeless man literally set on fire last night on the streets in Brooklyn. Take a close look NOT one person can be seen defending this victim. Not one person seemed to care no protesters to condemn no news media to tell the story.”
The incident was said to have taken place on 67 Lenox Avenue in Harlem, where the victim was simply laying down on the sidewalk under the cover of a blanket at approximately 4:00 a.m. on June 22nd.
NYD Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the city will be launching an operation to track down whomever the distributors of illegal fireworks are, as there have been numerous complaints as of late regarding the use of them within the city.
The operation in question will entail the collaboration of the NYPD, FDNY, and the Sheriff’s Office by way of conducting sting operations.
NYPD’s Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison requested the public’s assistance in locating the assailant featured on the video:
“Anyone with information pertaining to the suspect’s identity is asked to call NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or [direct message] @NYPDTips”
Many commenters online have decried the acts portrayed on the video, with some suggesting rather primitive forms of public shaming:
“When caught his punishment should be standing at the same location with a placard for weeks saying what he did to the homeless man, then brand his hand!!!”
However, there have been others who feel as though the concept of crime and punishment in New York City is almost a moot endeavor, in light of how suspected criminals have been treated lately:
“Except NYC liberals do not punish criminals. He would have no bond. He wouldn’t see a trial for months if ever because of “COVID”. He would plead down to no jail time or punishment, and do the same thing or something worse countless times. Vigilante justice needs a resurgence!”
Except NYC liberals do not punish criminals. He would have no bond. He wouldn't see a trial for months if ever because of "COVID". He would plead down to no jail time or punishment, and do the same thing or something worse countless times. Vigilante justice needs a resurgence!
— Bradley Martin (@BradlyMartin7) June 23, 2020
Considering all that has transpired as of late within New York City, it is difficult to not identify with those experiencing a sense of hopelessness.
There are also those who feel like if the suspect(s) are even tracked down, that the mere arrest of them would somehow get maligned as the suspect appears to be black in the captured video. One person commented on the released footage with the following:
“Find these violent thugs and prosecute!!!”
In response, another Twitter user mockingly noted just how sensitive the times are when it pertains to arresting suspects that are black:
“But if the cops arrest them .. someone will say rasict and it was a peaceful firework display. And [it’s] not [their] fault… it was the [cop’s] fault and a white man told them and trump [encouraged] it and bam another protest….. im being sarcastic but it’s the truth.”
Find these violent thugs and prosecute!!!
— Shawn Rice (@shawn68tn) June 23, 2020
Others online have seen this incident as a means to also mock Mayor Bill de Blasio for his seemingly soft stance on crime. One Twitter user opined:
“See ya in about 10 years after you’re caught. Oh, that’s right, this is DeBlasio’s town. See you back on the street, a day after you get caught.”
Following in the vain of said humor, another user followed that response with:
“With a metrocard, $25 gift card and or Mets tickets.”
With a metrocard, $25 gift card and or Mets tickets
— Bklyn Badboy 🇺🇸🇮🇹 (@ConfuzedMind) June 23, 2020
Jokes from the peanut gallery aside – this is the current status of New York City. Lawlessness runs amuck, and the residents simply feel hopeless.
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