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Bloomington Homeless March In Protest Of Jaywalking Tickets

The group marched from the Shalom Center to the Herald-Times to protest citations given to homeless people last week.

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    A man walks with a sign in protest of the ticket that a homeless man received for jaywalking.

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    Shalom Community Center Executive Director Forrest Gilmore walks with the homeless on Jan. 29, 2013.

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    A man walks with a sign that reads "Stop the harassment."

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    A group of people stand outside the Herald-Times in protest on Jan. 29, 2013.

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    Two people hold up a sign that reads "Police exist to abuse us. Fight back."

A group of homeless people and homeless supporters marched on the offices of Bloomington’s daily newspaper Tuesday after a run-in with Bloomington Police last week.

Starting from Bloomington’s Shalom Community Center, the group marched in hopes of making the community aware they feel they have been victimized.

Shalom Community Center Executive Director Forrest Gilmore says the marchers feel they’re being unfairly targeted by the police and the media.

“An action occurred last week where several officers came to the center and began ticketing people for crossing the street,” Gilmore says. “In all, they ticketed seven individuals, and it became quite a controversy—like they were being specifically targeted for something as simple as crossing the street and that they were being targeted because they were homeless.”

Following a 20-minute march south, the group assembled outside the Herald-Times newspaper to protest. March organizer Travis Combs says he feels the paper’s coverage has been uneven regarding the homeless.

“The Herald-Times has been doing articles on the homeless for years. There have been good ones,” he says. “Not all of them have been bad.”

Herald-Times editor Bob Zaltsberg says the paper, ‘has a long history of support for programs for people who are homeless’ and that previous stories were not meant to target the homeless, but to highlight activities in the community.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.eckert.50 Bob Eckert

    I was just thinking that maybe, just maybe, the time the homeless spent protesting the tickets (the police have already apologized for the misunderstanding and reduced the ticket to a no-fine warning), could have been better spent working with local agencies to help them find work and low-income housing to get their lives back on track. Is that a nose-ring piercing I see on the gentleman in the picture??

  • http://www.facebook.com/paul.killinger.100 Paul Killinger

    It’s pretty obvious that it’s a nose ring. Now my question to Mr. Eckert is how that is at all relevant to the story?

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  • ganger

    most of these people dont care about you or your life they only think about their next high so be careful they will take you bloomington has become a haven for them and the police beat shows that many do gooders will give them the means to reck havoc on your life i know i was there and left . because to many are drug addicts and dont care but so many pity them and they get what they want they want want they can get and dont look for the honest way to rise above the mess .

  • ganger

    find work , do you think a drug addict will work and take instruction , if so you have not worked with them . they want there next high and thats it im sorry but thats the cold hard facts these are people looking to get high and dont function normally they will take from you . so be careful.

  • ganger

    getting back on track starts after you have solved the addiction , till then good luck.

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