SC Police Chief, City Mgr Oppose Rounding Up Homeless

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But what if someone in the city only looks homeless? Will people sitting and eating get harassed and questioned on their living status?

Interim Police Chief Ruben Santiago said:

Homelessness is not a crime. I’ve got to have the legal right (to question or take anyone into custody). We can’t just take people to somewhere they don’t want to go. I can’t do that. I won’t do that.

The State reports:

Interim Police Chief Ruben Santiago said his department cannot transport homeless adults to the riverfront shelter to get services nor can police tell them they would be charged with a nuisance offense should they refuse.

City manager Teresa Wilson said that neither she, Santiago nor City Council has agreed to transfer any police officers to enforce laws that prohibit loitering, trespassing or other public nuisance offenses in the 36-block Main Street financial and retail district.

SC Police Chief, City Mgr Oppose Rounding Up Homeless

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