TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! HOMELESS ACTIVISTS DECRY WESTPORT 'CAMP 6IXX' SWEEP AS KANSAS CITY MAYOR DEFENDS FREE HOTEL RELOCATION PACT!!!
Right now activists are sharing images of this small bulldozer clearing Westport land of a homeless protest site. Demonstrators argue that Mayor Lucas betrayed his promises to the group.
"KC Public Works and KCPD just arrived at Camp 6ixx to start the sweep of over 50 residents’ homes. Most residents have been temporarily relocated while a few remain. Almost all residents wanted to stay until they were threatened with arrests and displacement. Camp 6ixx is the people, not the location. We will rebuild this beautiful community and continue fighting for housing justice."
Mayor Q responds and argues a bit with the group, here's the main takeaway . . .
"When I was there yesterday everyone I spoke to wanted to go to a hotel for 90 days, so long as they knew the opportunity existed for the others in the community and it wasn’t just a short-term offer, but instead provided a path to long term housing and services and jobs—which it does. I also have not heard of any threats of arrest. If there were, please share any video/audio of it since I know I have been recorded every time i’m there. I assume it would be the same with any law enforcement interaction. I would like to get to the bottom of it if there was. That’s exactly the opposite of everything I know I’ve worked on this week."
Via Twitter the mayor offered a cryptic update and a nice sentiment that doesn't offer much insight into today's outrage.
What we can decipher so far . . .
Homeless activists accuse city hall of betraying promises that assured against forced removal whilst the mayor defends his offer of free hotel shelter and help for denizens of the camps.
Meanwhile . . .
CRITICS OF HOMELESS COMPROMISE PREDICTED INEVITABLE CRITICISM AGAINST THE MAYOR FROM ACTIVISTS WHO DEMAND MORE RESOURCES!!!
And so . . .
The homeless are calling the move a "sweep" despite the Mayor's protestations.
The only thing for certain is that Kansas City's homeless crisis persists and a recent free hotel room deal doesn't come close to solving the problem.
Developing . . .