Denver police are going to resume enforcement of the city’s camping ban, in spite of its overturn by an activist local judge. This is good news, a commodity that is in short supply regarding public policy in Colorado these days. Excerpt:
The Denver Police Department will resume enforcing the city’s urban camping ban, the Denver City Attorney’s Office confirmed Monday evening. A county judge struck down the ban in late December.
The judge, Johnny C. Barajas, argued the ban violated the Eight Amendment.
“The County Court ruling related to the ordinance did not overturn or prohibit enforcement,” the city attorney’s office said of the judge’s decision.
The city attorney’s office did not say when enforcement would resume.
Since the ban was struck down, the homeless community has set up tents in public places previously off-limits to camping, such as Civic Center Park.
The city attorney’s office says an appeal of the judge’s ruling has not yet been filed, but a notice of appeal has been submitted in district court.
Here’s where the stupid creeps back in:
(Notorious leftist) Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca said last week that she wants to repeal the ban through City Council.
“When you’re a city and starved of public dollars, and you have a ruling that a law you’re enforcing is cruel and unusual, you should repeal that law,” CdeBaca said.
It’s certainly more cruel and unusual to leave these bums on the streets. Forget about the possibility of harm to themselves; they made choices that led them to this status, and nobody else is responsible for their predicament. Many, if not most, of them have mental health and substance abuse issues, and they pose a direct threat to the urban environs they infest. Look at Los Angeles, where they have had outbreaks of various communicable diseases among their urban outdoor population, including leprosy – leprosy, for crying out loud!
Allowing bums to camp in city parks does no good to anyone; not to the people of the city, not to public sanitation, and, no, not to the bums themselves. If we are going to have city property, then the city should keep the bums out of it. Denver’s appeal will almost certainly result in the ordinance being upheld, and that (hopefully) will be a rare victory for common sense in our courts.