Hyannis Homeless Camps Destroyed

Barnstable police razed several homeless camps in Hyannis Tuesday.

Barnstable police cleaned up several homeless camps including two off Old Colony Road and Yarmouth Road in Hyannis.
Police and Barnstable County inmates began the daylong task at 8:00 a.m.
Lt. David Cameron said tearing the camps down is about protecting the homeless population who lived in tents hidden in the wooded areas.
“The cold weather is upon us now and we are out here trying to motivate these people to seek the kinds of help they need to find shelter for the winter months. They do not belong in the conditions out here. We are trying to do everything we possibly can to avert a tragedy in the woods,” Cameron said.
Cameron said officers notified occupants 10 days prior to the cleanup that the camps would be torn down and any belongings would be disposed of. There were 14 individual campsites targeted.

kim November 30, 2012 at 07:51 AM
we have a shelter....maybe you have room at your house?
Dee Dee December 02, 2012 at 02:45 PM
While I agree that there are some that make this a lifestyle there are some that have no choice. I don't think destroying the only way they have to stay warm is the right thing to do if there isn't a viable alternative. There is at least a month wait for a bed at Noah right now. I would like to see programs like http://www.homelessnothopeless.org/14.html expand. The program isn't a handout but rather a hand up for those that desire it.
Chris December 02, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Very true about homeless not hopeless. Good people!
Taryn Thoman December 02, 2012 at 06:03 PM
It's ironic that at the same time we're destroying homeless camps we're entertaining ordinances that will make it even harder for people to rent low-income homes in Barnstable. The message the town is sending is pretty clear - "we don't want your kind around here!". Ask yourself who is behind this agenda, and why?
Johnny December 08, 2012 at 08:17 AM
According to the article, the local authorities in charge of these sweep operations disposed of personal possessions belonging to individuals who dwelled in these encampments. As such, the town of Hyannis has likely violated the forth amendment rights of these individuals as set forth in the U.S. Constitution. See Kinkaid v. City of Fresno should this assertion seem off base. In this 2008 case, a Federal judge in California approved a $2.35 million settlement paid by the city of Fresno to over a hundred homeless individuals as compensation for the seizure and destruction of their personal possessions. Since that settlement, sweeps of homeless encampments continue in Fresno, though authorities are now obliged to tag and bag possessions, hold them for 90 days, and make them available for repossession by their owners.


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