Saturday, August 8, 2009

Homeless Attacks on the Increase

In Friday's New York Times, Eric Lichtblau writes:

With economic troubles pushing more people onto the streets in the last few years, law enforcement officials and researchers are seeing a surge in unprovoked attacks against the homeless, and a number of states are considering legislation to treat such assaults as hate crimes.

You can bet it's really bad out there for the homeless, if states are considering legislation to help them.

The offenders are often teenage boys, killing homeless people for "sport." More than ever, the homeless need safe places to sleep. In Las Vegas, for example, according to the NYT story, some people would rather live in storm drains that fill with water during flash floods, than risk attacks above ground.

Pic by Isaac Brekken for the NYT.

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