Outrage After Police Photographed Taking Wheelchairs from Injured Homeless and Crushing Them

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by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project:

Boston, MA — (CD) Police in Boston Tuesday night reportedly destroyed three wheelchairs belonging to homeless city residents in a garbage truck compactor as part of a crackdown targeting the city’s transient population.

“Operation Clean Sweep” began August 2 after a county corrections officer was allegedly struck during a fight involving a number of people on “Methadone Mile,” a stretch of the city near Massachusetts Ave. and Melnea Cass Boulevard where there are a number of clinics and treatment centers. The area has a high homeless population, many of whom have been the target of the operation in the five days and counting it has continued.

The destruction of the wheelchairs is only the latest incident involving the trashing of the possessions of homeless people in the operation.

One of the destroyed wheelchairs was reportedly confiscated from a man named Jarrod who was hit by a car last month.

“It was heartbreaking to speak with Jarrod, who lost not only his wheelchair, but everything he owns that he keeps in his backpack,” said homeless advocate Cassie Hurd.

Hurd told Boston Magazine that Jarrod’s wheelchair was taken after he left it “for a minute” in spite of pleas from his partner to police.

“He is not able to be mobile without it, and not having a home, nowhere to sit, nowhere to go, and was having pain,” said Hurd of Jarrod. “He couldn’t really balance or walk.”

A viral image of the wheelchairs being destroyed made its way across social media Wednesday, generating outrage.

The police behavior was “cartoon evil,” tweeted media reporter Adam Johnson, who also noted the largely unmentioned historical significance of the operation.

“Mass removing homeless people (e.g. human beings) and calling it ‘operation clean sweep’ (the obvious implication being said human beings are trash) is genocidal rhetoric and it’s disturbing no one in Boston government or media feels the need to point this out,” said Johnson.

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