March 28, 2022 | BROOKLYN, NY: Workers from the Department of Sanitation are accompanied by NYPD officers as they clear out the belongings of several homeless New Yorkers at Manhattan and Meeker Ave under the Brooklyn Queens Expressway in Brooklyn.
“I’m not going to have an inhumane city.” -Eric Adams
Mayor Eric Adams first spoke about this initiative in an interview with The New York Times on Friday, later elaborating further. Mayor called for encampments to be removed “withing two weeks”
“We’re going to dismantle those encampments give people wraparound services, voucher their goods of knowing supplies that are removed from them, but I’m not going to have an inhumane city that allows people to live in an inhumane dangerous environment.”, Adams said.
Mayor Adams has been vocal about his plans to have homeless encampments cleared out to relocate individuals to shelters. This comes with the recent addition of around 1,000 police officers in train stations across NYC.
“You are kicking us while we are already down”, said a man outside a homeless encampment that was being removed by city sanitation workers.
“It’s a nightmare, I’ve been to numerous shelter systems, people bidding, like they are in prison, got people trying to claim stuff, be like ‘yo you can’t walk here”, said a homeless outside an encampment that was being removed.
This encampment under the BQE in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn was a temporary home to around 6 people.
Video by Karla Coté (FreedomNews.TV)