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At Ross Camp, Plain Clothes Police Officer Claims He's "Just a Ride-Along"
by Santa Cruz News
A recent video that documents a police 'walk through' at the Ross Homeless encampment in Santa Cruz demonstrates how homeless individuals living at the camp are routinely subjected to violations of their basic constitutional rights by the authorities. The video shows an officer from the Santa Cruz Police Department attempting to look into homeless individuals' tents without permission, in addition to touching their possessions without permission. In an another alarming moment captured on the video, a plain clothes police officer attempts to conceal his identity by telling the person filming that he is "just a ride-along" and that "police" gave him the camera to wear. That individual is, in reality, Santa Cruz Police Officer Ruben Badeo. (The full video of the Ross Camp walk through is posted at the end of this article.)
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