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Council eyes homeless ban

Exclusion Zone 1 is proposed for the downtown core.

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Exclusion Zone 1 is proposed for the downtown core.


A second exclusion zone, above, is proposed to the west of the first. Together the two zones create a continues zone from Webber Street to the east to Taylor Street east of downtown.

In a bid to address concerns about homeless impacts in town, The Dalles City Council on Monday will discuss creation of exclusion zones, from which people accused of certain crimes can be banned...

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jamesandrews28 1 year, 1 month ago

I see a lot of problems with this as something that could easily be abused by an aggressively postured cop. What I find unreasonable about this is it will encourage profiling of anyone walking around downtown at 9pm. I guarantee you that you will see cops questioning and interrogating anyone with dirty clothes walking around at night, meanwhile I could walk around with a nice jacket and white skin and get no trouble whatsoever. We need to avoid legislation that has the chance to encourage profiling and enabling the biases of our police, who of course have a very hard job, but are flawed humans like any one of us. The law should mandate police to approach the citizenry fairly. Legislation that targets the poor is allowing the police to have an entirely different system of rules for those that struggle. Deal with crimes when they occur, if someone is defecating, arrest them. If it happens too often then let's talk about making the punishment stricter for that specific crime in way where they face the justice system, but let us not ban human beings. This allows the crimes of a few to have effect on anyone that is without housing. Think of how many of us are a paycheck away from homelessness. Edit


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