RT– More homeless people in Los Angeles were arrested for felonies and misdemeanors, and were were also subjected to more police use of force in 2017 than in the previous year. Crimes against LA’s homeless have also risen.
A new report by the Los Angeles Police Department puts the grim reality of an estimated 34,000 people living rough into figures. The city has the second largest homeless population in the country.
Latest figures from the LAPD indicate that homeless people are being increasingly criminalized.
LAPD officers made over 6,600 misdemeanor arrests of homeless people in 2017, a 9 percent increase from 2016, according to the LAPD’s end of year homelessness report released on Tuesday. Felony arrests jumped by 12 percent.
The report also indicates that homeless people are increasingly on the receiving end of police force. There was a 20 percent rise in 2017 of ‘non-categorical use of force’, which is non-lethal violence, against homeless people, compared with the previous year.