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City Erects Prison Camp to Deal with Homeless – Cutting Off Food & Water

Santa Ana, CA — The City of Santa Ana has come up with an innovative and despotic way of keeping their homeless population in check — imprison them. The city is now party to a federal lawsuit over unreasonable seizure, false imprisonment, and due process violations.

Heading up the lawsuit on behalf of Michael Diehl, who has lived at the encampment for three years, is the ACLU of Southern California. The lawsuit demands the immediate removal of the 6-foot-tall chain-link fences penning in 75-100 people and their belongings.

“Defendants’ actions have not only illegally restricted the liberty of the homeless people living in the encampment, but it has also cut them off from access to food, water, and medical care thus threatening their health and well-being,” the lawsuit states.

According to Courthouse News:

Diehl was shot in the head at a Tustin convenience store in 2009. He lost his right eye and doctors were unable to remove the bullet from his head. He takes medication every day to control seizures that have become more frequent with the increased presence of authorities at the encampment, he says in the complaint.

 

When a woman suffered a seizure at the encampment after the fence was erected, Diehl says, paramedics had difficulty reaching her because the barriers have blocked parts of the sidewalks at Chapman Avenue and Orangewood Avenue where people used to come and go.

 

If people living at the encampment cut holes in the fences with bolt cutters, Orange County Public Works employees repair it. For the elderly and disabled it is neither safe nor realistic to scale the fence or navigate the river to get to a steep, rocky embankment on the river’s west side, Diehl says.

“Children, people with severe disabilities, the elderly and others are deprived of food, water and access to restrooms,” said ACLU homelessness policy analyst Eve Garrow. “The county should take action to rectify this egregious violation of basic human rights.”

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Naturally, the county is claiming that they are not doing anything wrong and that the fence, put in place after the homeless community began growing there, is for ‘flood control.’

“The county is aware that there are homeless encampments in the project area. Flood control channels are not a safe place to live. Sign postings and in-person notifications about the project have been provided to those encamped along the county maintenance road,” the county said in a statement.

However, according to Diehl and the others who are imprisoned in the camp, police told them that they should move there to avoid citations for sleeping in public in the other parts of town.

What this case in Santa Ana illustrates is the state’s continued war on the right of people to exist. Every time a group homeless community finds a safe spot, located out of the way, they are targeted for removal, or, in this barbaric case — imprisonment.

Earlier this month, the Free Thought Project reported on another war being waged against the homeless population in California. Known as ‘The Promised Land,’ a group of homeless people in Oakland sought to improve their situation by creating a camp that would foster sobriety and help people to get jobs. It was located out of the way, under a series of overpasses. They had running water, were growing their own food, and did not allow drug or alcohol use within the camp.

As cops and officials allowed the other heroin riddled encampments to continue, they targeted the Promised Land for destruction. 

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Diehl now seeks an injunction ordering the county to provide him with “reasonable means of leaving the riverbed and being able to retrieve his property.”

  • The Cat’s Vagina

    Naturally, the county is claiming that they are not doing anything wrong and that the fence, put in place after the homeless community began growing there, is for ‘flood control.’

    Bullshit! How does one “control” a flood with a fucking fence? Water goes right through chain-link like it’s not even there!

    • raz-0

      Well you can control erosion to some extent with chain link fence. Still, telling them to live there and then endangering them is bullshit.

    • Anonymous

      It is about flood control in a round about way. It is actually against the County. Since the location is not actually IN the City of Santa Ana (we SHOULD know, we live near there and have protested in the area before). It is actually in the City of Orange. We do not understand why there would be a lawsuit involving City of Santa Ana, TBH. The ONLY reason we can come up with is that the court is located in Santa Ana.

      So, what is it about this fence? Well, the fence is to “protect” the boulders that they are now stockpiling in this fenced up area on the East side of the Santa Ana River. The question comes up as to WHY the County wants to fence the area up when there are people inside the area with no way to get out.

      • The Cat’s Vagina

        I guess they expected people would cut some kind of gate? Surely no one thought they’d just disappear, like some kind of video game!

        • Anonymous

          And every time the homeless cut a hole in the fence, the county comes and fixes it.

          • The Cat’s Vagina

            Sounds like a terrible waste of money.

          • johnnyrh

            If they are “imprisoned”, where do they get bolt cutters to cut the fence? It’s not like anyone carries around bolt cutters.

          • Anonymous

            Perhaps someone happened to have some. Or, they used a mobile phone and called someone who brought some. Or, perhaps an ally did it.

  • David H. Sterling

    Also, the same city whose cops raided a MJ dispensary, destroyed property, and ate the edibles while claiming their rights were violated because the video surveillance equipment was used against them because it showed everything they did.

    • IceTrey

      Didn’t you hear? Those were snacks they had brought with them. 😂

    • The Cat’s Vagina

      I remember that story. They were butthurt because they thought they’d torn down all the cameras and would NEVER have behaved so atrociously if they’d known there were hidden cameras still watching! (They’d have torn those out too.)

      • Anonymous

        There was one camera they thought they had diconnected, but they didn’t know…it was still recording.

  • Big Star Trek fan so thought I’d share info about an episode which this story reminded me of, set in the future, around 2030 I believe.

    So in the episode, the world is still Capitalist, however, most jobs have been automated and there are so many unemployed people that the government doesn’t know what to do with them. These people are not lazy, they want to work, however, due to technology, there simply is not enough work for them. So what does the government do as a solution? They build camps all over the US including in major cities, where they put all the unemployed people, locked up behind walls and guarded. They deliver food to the people living in the camps, but other than that, it is basically a free for all, you pick your place to sleep and hope no one steals your things.

    An event occurs which changes people’s minds and the world moves away from the monetary system to what appears to be a Resource Based Economy.

    This is the future we are heading for, if we can survive as a species to that day.

    http://www.thezeitgeistmovement.com/FAQ

    http://www.thevenusproject.com/the-venus-project/

    • IceTrey

      Your solution to the government using force is a different way for the government to use force.

      • Actually, our solution is for no government at all.

        • The Cat’s Vagina

          Yeah, that’s not going to work. Even Star Trek thinks so… hence the UFP.

        • IceTrey

          Isn’t the RBE run by a Technocracy?

          • You’ve really put me on the spot but let me try to explain how it works and the differences and similarities with Technocracy.

            – Decisions are made by experts in their particular field based on available resources
            – Decisions are made by the people on what products are created
            – No one orders others around (Technocracy still has this), there is no hierarchy
            – No money, barter or credits (Technocracy uses credits)

            If I had to coin a RBE using existing terms, I would have to call it a hybrid Anarcho-Communist Technocracy without money.

            Jacque Fresco or Peter Joseph could probably do a lot better job than I could of explaining this.

          • IceTrey

            People making centralized decisions sounds like government to me.

          • If you and your wife (if married) make a decision to go on a vacation someplace, is that a government?

          • IceTrey

            If I made a decision where YOU had to take a vacation it would be.

          • As I stated, no one in a RBE would have the right to tell anyone else how to live their lives, no one above your or I, no one below. If you decide to live in the woods in a cabin by yourself, that would be your right.

          • Check out this movie to learn more.

            Future by Design (2006) Official Full Movie
            https://youtu.be/I1IXWnS6vwk

    • The Cat’s Vagina

      Deep Space Nine, right? They called them “sanctuary districts.”

      • Yep, good episode, nice to see another trekkie here. 🙂

        • The Cat’s Vagina

          *has been to a convention dressed as a Borg drone*

  • Kountry Bumpkin

    LOL, so this squatter was imprisoned within a fence for 3 years without access to food, water and medical care…. that’s an interesting trick I’m sure our military would pay good money to learn. Honestly, I don’t have anything against homeless people, it could be me under the right circumstances, but this sounds more like the land they decided to squat on is being used for other things, they were told they needed to move, they wouldn’t so they built the fence around them which the homeless people don’t like very much and are now claiming they’re “imprisoned” which obviously isn’t true because a human can not survive for 3 years without food and water…lol The homeless people are just mad because getting to and from their camp on land that belongs to somebody else is a lot more trouble then it used to be.

    • The Cat’s Vagina

      Honestly, I don’t have anything against homeless people…

      *mockingly* “…I just think they need to disappear and shut up when people mistreat them. After all, if they mattered to anyone, they wouldn’t be homeless.”

      Do you EVER post anything on this site that doesn’t make you sound like a total cunt?

      • Kountry Bumpkin

        Apparently not, I’ve never been able to lower my self to your level however I do have to admit that all you foul language and cussing seems to have made you a hero in the eyes of your fellow useful idiots.

        • The Cat’s Vagina

          You sure it’s just the eyes?

        • Andropov

          Well, at least your highness can acknowledge our usefulness.

        • The Cat’s Vagina

          Aren’t foul language and cussing the same thing?

          • johnnyrh

            Have you ever had you pussy grabbed?

      • Aaron Moon

        Are you fuckin takin em in? No? Then STFU.

        • The Cat’s Vagina

          Who died and made you king of anything?

        • Anonymous

          And what have you done to help? Or are you one of the NIMBY’s?

    • Andropov

      I’m reasonably certain the fence hasn’t been up all 3 years. Also, restricting access to food and water isn’t the same thing as completely cutting it off. You’re being awfully condescending for someone who has nothing against the homeless.

      • Kountry Bumpkin

        And what exactly are you implying by that last sentence? Homeless means without a home, people can’t expect to stay in one location when they’re homeless and they can’t go around expecting (logically) to be able to set up house on land that doesn’t belong to them just because they think it’s abandoned, where I live a lot of land that appears on the outside to be abandoned isn’t, it’s used for hunting and/or to cut down for lumber at the very least (a possible huge liability for the landowner is a homeless person gets shot or a tree cut down on top of them). I feel terrible about how the homeless are treated too, what the SS does to these people who have so little is nothing short of a crime but there’s more then just the homeless involved when they squat on land belonging to someone else, what about the land owner, don’t they have any rights. Only in backwards states like CA and NY do squatters have more legal rights to land they don’t own, rent or pay taxes on then the actual landowner. But whatever, I’m sure you know what kind of person I am better then I do.

        • Andropov

          I’m fairly certain I didn’t so much imply something as outright say I find you to be rather condescending.

          If the land were for some reason unsafe, how would fencing them in make it any safer? This is, of course, ignoring the high likelihood that land in the midst of a city is not in fact used for hunting and/or logging and is much more likely to be public property, not privately owned.

          • The Cat’s Vagina

            Right. The city is hardly authorized to just throw up fences around private property.

          • Kountry Bumpkin

            Ya know I had a nice long response typed to you and then I realized I was just wasting my time, have a nice evening.

      • Aaron Moon

        There is no fence!!!!!!!!!!

        • Andropov

          “Heading up the lawsuit on behalf of Michael Diehl, who has lived at the encampment for three years, is the ACLU of Southern California. The lawsuit demands the immediate removal of the 6-foot-tall chain-link fences penning in 75-100 people and their belongings.”

          That’s literally the second paragraph of the article, dude.

          • Aaron Moon

            What part of “I work right next to it” do you not understand?This is a B.S. article and,THERE IS NO FENCE!!!!! They are on the east bicycle path between the 57 freeway and,the riverbed between the orangewood exit and,the 5/91 interchange.The ONLY fence is the one keeping them isolated from the freeway. I see it everyday.

          • Andropov

            “What part of “I work right next to it” do you not understand?”

            Probably the part where you didn’t actually, y’know, say that in your previous post. I’m also at least slightly more inclined to trust the ACLU than random Internet commenters.

          • Anonymous
          • Kountry Bumpkin

            And when you click the link you get a better understanding of what the homeless people are really complaining about, apparently they’re upset because this temporary fence has blocked off a certain sidewalk and they don’t like the inconvenience.

        • Anonymous
    • Anonymous

      The fence was just put up recently. There have been homeless people living there for years.

  • Aaron Moon

    First…..There is no fence.Second….people have been living in the river bed for years.Third….the population of drug addicts has grown due to the lack of real jobs and,by giving entitlements to young able body people.I work almost right next to it.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, there is a fence. We have posted photos of fences that are there clear as day. But, since you insist, watch out, because here comes another one! So, do you see THAT fence?

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f71f4fb427e9f7abe5f546da622b6997202c1a43a270a15ce9c8cdfaf3e81fc2.jpg

    • Kountry Bumpkin

      Your wasting your time trying to explain to a leftist that even the pictures they have provided is of a temporary fence with supports at the base of each post, they’re not even secured into the ground, they’re freestanding and you can just pick them up and move them, their leftist brains will never comprehend it. One good thing to know is apparently you can contain a leftist anywhere with what amounts to a piece of string and a stick of gum…lol They’re going to rescue and save every homeless person in the country…. with someone else’s money of course.

      • Anonymous

        Now you really are getting condescending. You know nothing about us to be able to say we are leftist.

        • bsroon

          Yes, and when those running and ruining society and life are the govts and rich people making all the decisions which created homelessness in the first place (pretty much started with Reagan, too) then those responsible need to stop attacking the problem that THEY CREATED.

          • Anonymous

            But, throwing out condescending labels is not the answer. Calling someone a liberal when you actually know nothing about their politics is throwing out condescending labels. You see, here is the thing. There are people in the homeless camps who are handicapped…i.e. they are in wheel chairs. So, what difference does it make to them if the fences are freestanding? Can someone in a wheel chair just pick up the fence and move it?

    • bsroon

      The entitlement society is the rich parasitic class of billionaires and millionaires, who buy govt regulations which make their business investments safe from competition and grab tax $$$ to increase their wealth.
      If the self – annointed insanely wealthy “elite” maggots would allow society to be even partially equitable – which wouldn’t hurt them in the least – then they could have a meaningful society and a REAL civilization instead of this horrible, murderous farce that fronts as “civile-ization” now.

      All planetary scale damages are caused by the top 5% who own and control the corporations through majority shareholder status, BOD seats, mgmt slots. They are the only people with enough scale to damage the planet – think Fuk-u-shi-ma Die-itchy. Think 2 million tons of ag poisons on the US every year. Think those trickling into the ocean everywhere and killing over 270,000 sq miles/yr. Think 5,000,000 square miles (plus) of plastic gyres in JUST the Pacific, killing photosynthesis (oxygen production) by 35% – btwn these 2 factors alone your breath takes in about 66% of the oxygen you SHOULD be able to get.

      It is corporate scale, combined frequently with govt (controlled by corporations/rich pukes) that causes all our huge issues on this planet. All ecological issues, war, hunger/starvation, much disease, poverty – which causes much of the prior issues, etc.

  • keith63ply

    No pictures of this place? In this age? Seems mighty strange for there not being any pictoral or video evidence of this going on. Smells like “hoax” to me.

    • The Cat’s Vagina

      Someone posted one here in the comments.

      • Anonymous

        We have posted 3 so far. Each one has fences.

  • FiuToYou

    Crazy just keeps on happening. Every day a new twist. What is happening to humanity? Does anybody even say “good morning” to anyone or is that illegal?

  • d marino

    Since when can a chain link fence protect people in a flood?

    • Kountry Bumpkin

      It can’t and that’s not why this temporary freestanding movable fence was put up, the camp is apparently very close to the flood channel however if you click the link you’ll see the fence was put up around an area where they plan to store rocks and sand, I would assume for work on the channels. It’s the typical story of leftist wanting the government to take care of them and then complaining about it when it’s not done to their liking.

      “Orange County says the fencing is part of a flood control and security project, and that it will use the area to stockpile large rocks and sand.” Given that I can see large rocks in the photos posted here I’d say that is probably true.

  • Rextor

    Time for mass protest on Santa Ana Ca,. city hall !!!!where the Nazis reside.This will not continue.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, you go do that. But, if you really want to make a change, don’t protest at Santa Ana city hall, protest at the county. We have explained this before. The City of Santa Ana has nothing to do with this. What is going on is not even in the City of Santa Ana.

  • Tom N Watson

    I’ll just file this with all the other items that need to be labelled “This Side Towards Enemy” like window spikes and entry sprinklers. I submit the following; If by some magic we could round up every homeless person in this city and the surrounding ones, put them in one of our abandoned military base housings, in two years the same area will have produced or imported as many to be homeless to replace the vital resource they lost. Homelessness is big business. Gets people re-elected on good person points and tough on crime nonsense. Conservatives are as irresponsible with the term ‘homeless’ as libs are with ‘murder’. Micro-home, full ownership? Homeless. Off-grid? Homeless. We live in a country clever enough to coin phrases like ‘legitimate rape’. I’m coining a new one; ‘legitimately homeless’ and ‘legitimate job’. Just remember, vets before refugees. Now ima go ‘murder’ a hamburger and take a nap in my microhome. Cheers

  • Why is anyone coming to this Hell Hole of a cuntry anymore. You’d figure anyone with half a brain would get out if they could, and definitely avoid this disgusting place like the plague.

  • WakeUpAmerica

    They’re talking about the Santa Riverbed where the homeless have set up camp along the edge. The fences are put up to keep vehicles out and the homeless cut holes in them. If they don’t fix the holes, someone will sue the city if a child wanders into the river Chanel and dies. Not to mention all these guys have been offered resources to assist and relocate but they prefer to stay by the riverbed where they have no responsibilities. I know this area well…this article is BS.