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Police Evict the Homeless in Fresno

by Mike Rhodes (editor [at]
The City of Fresno cleared the homeless encampment at Ventura and F of the homeless today. Photo below: Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer arguing with residents about the eviction.
By Mike Rhodes

This morning the Fresno Police Department evicted about 100 homeless people who were living on a vacant lot in downtown Fresno. The video below shows the homeless holding hands on the perimeter of the property saying they won’t move. FPD chief Jerry Dyer is then seen approaching the group and convincing them to pack up and move. Dyer tells them they can move to another vacant lot and that they (the police) will not stop them. When asked if they will be evicted from that encampment sometime in the future, Dyer says they will deal with that on another day.

Most of the homeless then packed up their belongings and moved to a vacant lot about 1 block north of the Ventura and F street encampment. Even as the homeless were moving to the new encampment, a bulldozer could be seen on the corner of Mono and F streets, within sight of the new encampment.
§How they did it
by Mike Rhodes
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4:35 minute video of resistance to the eviction and FPD chief Jerry Dyer’s intervention.
§Early in the Morning
by Mike Rhodes
Homeless residents held a prayer service early in the morning in hopes that they could stop the eviction.
§The Resistance
by Mike Rhodes
Homeless residents line up on the property line to defend their encampment.
§City Tactic to Remove the Homeless
by Mike Rhodes
Representatives from the Fresno Housing Department came out to sign people up for subsidized housing. This was an attempt (somewhat successful) to weaken the resistance to the eviction.
§They Decide to Move
by Mike Rhodes
Residents at Ventura and F street broke down their tents and moved to another vacant lot in downtown Fresno.
§Here is Where they Moved
by Mike Rhodes
This is where many of the homeless moved - Mono and G street.
§Bulldozer on F and Mono
by Mike Rhodes
This Bulldozer was waiting for them at the new encampment
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