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A Louisiana homeless man was arrested by police after allegedly urinating in public. This particular department took this opportunity to impart what one might describe as their particular brand of social justice on social media.
59-year-old Franklin Jones was arrested by the Slidell Police Department last week for intoxication and urinating in public, WGNO reported. Slidell is just outside New Orleans. Upon his arrest, police found $800 in his pockets and posted his photo and the money on their Facebook page, which has since been taken down.
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“Transients, also known as beggars or homeless, are often a hot topic of debate for Slidell residents. There are people who feel these individuals all need to be arrested. Some feel they should offered help. Some feel we should just leave them alone,” a post on the police department’s Facebook page said, noting that panhandling is legal in their jurisdiction.
Literally, everyday, someone either calls Slidell Police or sends us a message on Facebook asking us to do something about this ‘problem.’ Some people feel sorry for these individuals, other don’t. Granted, some have legitimate issues, and we do everything we can to offer them help, but those are far and few between.
The post continued: “We’ve found jobs for people. We’ve offered assistance by bringing some of these individuals to rehab facilities. Bottom line is, it’s up to the individual person if they want help or not. All we can do is guide them in the right direction. We can’t force people to do things.”
Slidell Police does their best to address these issues by following the letter of the law and ensuring that no one’s rights are violated. There is no easy solution to this problem, and quite frankly, it is a much bigger and deeper issue than a strictly a police matter. We hope this sheds some light for our Slidell residents and hopefully answered any questions or concerns about this issue.
h/t: The Blaze
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