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City of Las Vegas responds to backlash over video breaking up homeless encampment

Posted at 2:43 PM, Nov 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-30 17:44:50-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The City of Las Vegas issued a statement on Monday after a video of police officers breaking up a homeless encampment began circulating online.

An Instagram account for Food Not Bombs Las Vegas, which describes itself as an "international, all-volunteer movement" that provides "free vegan or vegetarian meals in public spaces," posted a video of the encampment being torn down early Monday morning.

The city commented on the Instagram post with the following response:

Due to the proximity of this area to the freeway and storm channel, there were safety concerns and unsanitary conditions that needed to be addressed. MORE Team members have offered services to any homeless individuals camping in these locations.

We share this area with the city of North Las Vegas. We know that two of the huts were saved and can be picked up by your team. Please message us if you’d like to do that and we can help facilitate.

Our goal is always to get the homeless healthy, housed and hired. The Homeless Courtyard Resource Center is open 24/7 to assist anyone in need. More info can be found at http://lasvegasnevada.gov/homeless

It also issued a similar statement on Twitter.