Video Shows Fort Lauderdale Cop Slapping Homeless Man Who Wanted to Use Restroom: "You're N

UPDATE: Victor Ramirez, the Fort Lauderdale police officer seen in this video slapping a homeless man who wanted to use a public restroom, didn't bother mentioning the slapping part in the arrest report he filed. A video is being shared online of what appears to be a Fort Lauderdale Police officer pushing a man to the ground before delivering a vicious slap -- all because the man wanted to use a public restroom. In the video, which appears to take place at the Broward Central Bus Terminal in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Bruce Laclair walks slowly through the terminal while the officer follows behind, slipping on latex gloves. Officer Victor Ramirez then grabs the man's arm, and the man jerks aw

Fort Lauderdale Police Are Confiscating Homeless People’s Property

In 2014, Fort Lauderdale commissioners passed a city ordinance that prohibited “personal property to be stored on public property.” The law states that "'store' means any action to place, leave, park, locate, or set an item upon the public property for a period of time in excess of twenty-four (24) hours and at a distance in excess of twenty (20) feet from the occupant." Effectively, this prevents homeless people from keeping belongings. The ordinance explains that police are to issue warnings, and if belongings are not removed within 36 hours, they will be confiscated. Individuals then have 30 days to reclaim from a holding facility or the property will be destroyed. This week, the ordinanc

City of Fort Lauderdale, Broward County Mismanaged $78,000 Intended for Homeless

Beverly Hawthorne is thrilled that she will be able to celebrate her 65th birthday with her grandchildren later this month. For 35 years, Hawthorne struggled with a crack addiction that kept her cycling between the streets, jail, and the emergency room. Finally, in January 2014, Hawthorne filled out a survey, which revealed that of the thousand of homeless people living in Fort Lauderdale, she was one of the most vulnerable. In 2014, Hawthorne became one of the first people in Broward County to participate in a program that used federal, state, and county funds to find homes for the chronically homeless. It’s called “housing first,” and the idea is that paying the rent of an apartment for a

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