Police in Sacramento, California on Saturday arrested two homeless men who are part of an ongoing protests demonstrating against a city ordinance that makes it illegal to camp on public property.
One of the men arrested is believed to be a United States Army Veteran who became homeless after the death of his son.
Protesters said that they are angry with the city’s “do not rest policy” citing that no other alternative has been provided for people who are homeless and these policies simply result in fines, arrests and violate their human rights.
City officials said that allowing camping on public or private property is not a solution to ending homelessness and that it is not safe or sanitary. They said that they are working with partners and the community to find ways of ending homelessness.