City Erects Prison Camp To Deal With Homeless – Cutting Off Food And Water

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by Matt Agorist

The City of Santa Ana has come up with an innovative and despotic way of keeping their homeless population in check — imprison them. The city is now party to a federal lawsuit over unreasonable seizure, false imprisonment, and due process violations.

Heading up the lawsuit on behalf of Michael Diehl, who has lived at the encampment for three years, is the ACLU of Southern California. The lawsuit demands the immediate removal of the 6-foot-tall chain-link fences penning in 75-100 people and their belongings.

“Defendants’ actions have not only illegally restricted the liberty of the homeless people living in the encampment, but it has also cut them off from access to food, water, and medical care thus threatening their health and well-being,” the lawsuit states.

According to Courthouse News:

Diehl was shot in the head at a Tustin convenience store in 2009. He lost his right eye and doctors were unable to remove the bullet from his head. He takes medication every day to control seizures that have become more frequent with the increased presence of authorities at the encampment, he says in the complaint.

When a woman suffered a seizure at the encampment after the fence was erected, Diehl says, paramedics had difficulty reaching her because the barriers have blocked parts of the sidewalks at Chapman Avenue and Orangewood Avenue where people used to come and go.

If people living at the encampment cut holes in the fences with bolt cutters, Orange County Public Works employees repair it. For the elderly and disabled it is neither safe nor realistic to scale the fence or navigate the river to get to a steep, rocky embankment on the river’s west side, Diehl says.

“Children, people with severe disabilities, the elderly and others are deprived of food, water and access to restrooms,” said ACLU homelessness policy analyst Eve Garrow. “The county should take action to rectify this egregious violation of basic human rights.”

Naturally, the county is claiming that they are not doing anything wrong and that the fence, put in place after the homeless community began growing there, is for ‘flood control.’

“The county is aware that there are homeless encampments in the project area. Flood control channels are not a safe place to live. Sign postings and in-person notifications about the project have been provided to those encamped along the county maintenance road,” the county said in a statement.

However, according to Diehl and the others who are imprisoned in the camp, police told them that they should move there to avoid citations for sleeping in public in the other parts of town.

What this case in Santa Ana illustrates is the state’s continued war on the right of people to exist. Every time a group homeless community finds a safe spot, located out of the way, they are targeted for removal, or, in this barbaric case — imprisonment.

Earlier this month, the Free Thought Project reported on another war being waged against the homeless population in California. Known as ‘The Promised Land,’ a group of homeless people in Oakland sought to improve their situation by creating a camp that would foster sobriety and help people to get jobs. It was located out of the way, under a series of overpasses. They had running water, were growing their own food, and did not allow drug or alcohol use within the camp.

As cops and officials allowed the other heroin riddled encampments to continue, they targeted The Promised Land for destruction. 

Diehl now seeks an injunction ordering the county to provide him with “reasonable means of leaving the riverbed and being able to retrieve his property.”

Matt Agorist is the co-founder of TheFreeThoughtProject.com, where this article first appeared. He is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world and now on Steemit.

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  • tscull

    Well if the state of CA would get rid of their illegal population that is sucking them dry with the collection of “benefits” and crowding their schools, hospitals, and jails then they might have the resources to help their homeless legal citizens. I would bet that a great many of these “homeless” that are referred to here are not citizens though!

    • none

      Correct! The illegals are collecting money for apartments. Then sending it home.
      They eat very well with food stamps, and welfare.

  • endofwatchersbegan1/28/2011

    I guess if you are not here legally, can vote ILLEGALLY and speak another language, California will give you welfare. But if you are down and out, they take on a form of Sodom and Gomorrah. I was born in Santa Ana. To bad it turned into a SH*Thole that does not care about the poor. F*CK Santa Ana to hell. Burn it to the ground.

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  • Bobby Boucher

    You, are a fucking loon. A major fucking loon. Please. Stay in Portland with your leftist nut bag friends. Bang your drums, bark at the moon, run around tie-dyed and naked if you want – just stay there.
    Oh and try to use some form of birth control.

    • It is not Paranoia

      The fuck is wrong with you?? He’s talking about love and compassion and it makes you go berserk.

      Don’t you think that’s stupid reaction?

  • deb

    Why aren’t more citys building more low income housing for the poor? There are alot of poor people out there and the rent for homes are so high they can’t afford to rent. And poor people are not going to go way. And with so many homeless people there needs to be some thing done to help them. With familys living in there cars to them living it abandon houses to living on the streets. Rent were I live at in a small town ,rent for a one room can be as high as $300. month. to homes being over $600 a month. or more. That’s a lot for a person on a fixed income .There was a person wanting to build low income apartments .But people didn’t want them were they lived because of drugs. riff raff as they call some people.Some people don’t think of poor people as humans.

    • Clementine

      Holy cow… that is CHEAP rent! I live in a fairly small town and studios are $550+ a month!! And those are far and few between! Most every apartment you find here is over $700 and those are in places you don’t really want to live anyway. Homes… well over $1000 a month, no utilities included.

      • David

        $2,000.00 a month w/o utilities for a 2 bedroom house in Pasadena, California & that was back in the 1990’s. I can just Imagine the cost of Rent in Los Angeles today.

        • Clementine

          Right?!?!?! I remember going to SF in ’91 and just a small room (shared kitchen and bath with 10 other people) was $400 a month. And who wants to live in CA anyways? Yuck!

      • SP_88

        Where I live, it’s about $800 for a one bedroom apartment, $950 – $1100 for a two bedroom, and $1200 – $1500 for a three bedroom apartment, and this is in bad neighborhoods riddled with drugs, drug dealers and the occasional sound of gunfire, and constant noisy cars racing down the street with their thumping bass at all hours of the night and early morning.
        If you take away the ghetto and the noise and gunfire, the rents are between 50% more and double the price.
        There are no neighborhoods without drugs, drug addicts and drug dealers.

        • Clementine

          Sounds like you live some where I would never want to go in the first place… but it is nice to know there are intelligent people in not so great places… 🙂

          • SP_88

            Though I was talking about where I live, I was also making a general statement about other areas around here as well.
            I’m not a wealthy person by any stretch of the imagination. I have to work hard for what little I have.
            As the years go by, the area seems to get worse and worse. People come and go. And as the economy gets worse, and as property values take a nose dive, the people who are coming seem to be of a lower class than those who are leaving.
            I don’t rent, I bought the house. But most of the neighbors rent. I live in a neighborhood that is a mixture of single family homes and multi family homes. The multi family homes are mostly rentals.
            My next door neighbor owns the house as well, but he rents out the first floor apartment. Mine is a single family home.
            My next door neighbors are really nice people. And several other neighbors are also very nice.
            But around the corner is where all the noise and trouble come from. They are always doing burn-outs with their noisy cars, yelling and fighting with each other all hours of the night, and the cops are always over there.
            It’s been pretty quiet over there for the past few months, but once the warmer weather comes, I’m sure it will be back to the same nonsense again.
            If I can save up enough money, and build enough equity in my house, I would like to move down south some day. Perhaps to Georgia or South Carolina.
            But right now that’s just a dream.
            Between keeping food on the table and a roof over our heads, and making sure we have what we need in case of some sort of SHTF situation, I barely have anything left over to put towards savings. So it looks like I’ll be here for a while.
            It’s funny, they call this the Constitution state, but it’s anything but.

        • Elaine.Benes, II

          Amen to that. I live in what is or was supposedly a small town when I was a kid but which is adjacent to a huge Army base. I guess the property owners base the price of rent here on what a Colonel’s housing allowance would be except in the ghettos and their outskirts. It’s astronomical. The rent is the same here as it is in our capitol city and more than it is in our largest city. And it goes up every year. Unreal.

  • Phil_Ossifer

    Think of this as an early experiment in determining just what the sheeple are willing to tolerate. Start with a group generally marginalized and looked down upon (the homeless) and isolate them from the rest of the population. Then sit back, watch the fallout and adjust tactics accordingly. It’s all about finding out how easily the acceptance of prison camps for societal outcasts can be implemented. But make no mistake – any one of us could be next, since it is government who defines what a “societal outcast” is.

    • Elaine.Benes, II

      Indeed. And they create, market, and distribute the things that turn people into societal outcasts. Another thing we all need to think about for sure.

  • SP_88

    There seems to be a sudden increase in the government’s interest in getting rid of the homeless population. Where I live, they just declared that the state is now free of all homeless people, but added that they can always become homeless again.
    Now I may have misunderstood what they said, and it could be specifically homeless veterans that they have somehow managed to find homes for, but I do believe that they said all homeless people.
    Either way, everyone is supposed to think that these people are heroes for saving all the homeless people. But I’m sure that the homeless people have a different opinion about this. They have all been driven out of their homeless camps, and had all their stuff taken away or thrown in the garbage. Some of them were thrown in jail.
    The end result is that when people become homeless, they now have fewer options for a place to live, especially if they are unemployed, which most of them are. If someone does not have a home to go to, they are basically stuck living on the streets. And if it’s illegal to live on the streets, or if the cops are going to hassle people for being on the streets, where can a homeless person go? What do they do when all the homeless shelters are full?
    They have basically made it illegal to be homeless. Slowly but surely they are making it a crime to be poor and/or homeless.
    And they certainly have made it much easier to be poor, which makes it much easier to become homeless.
    Because of our government, and their destructive policies that have basically bankrupt the poor and middle class, chased off all the good paying jobs and lowered the average income of a very large portion of working class Americans, as well as their policies that have raised the cost of living to unaffordable levels, America is becoming a banana republic, and is well on it’s way to becoming a third world country.
    The very existence of our government is causing America to be a very inhospitable place to live for an ever increasing number of people.
    At some point, the people who have suffered the most because of these policies will become desperate and they will resort to desperate measures.
    America is becoming a powder keg just waiting for a spark to set it off.