I had thought that the Walsh administration had come along since the precipitous closure of the Long Island facility left homeless people — especially those with substance problems — in grave danger.
The city now seems to be engaged in a campaign of harassment and vandalism against users on Methadone Mile. Police are seizing possessions from the homeless; wheelchairs are literally being flung into garbage trucks.
Tax dollars at work. Crushing wheelchairs pic.twitter.com/NxReH8sm88
— Dinah Applewhite (@Dinahlew) August 7, 2019
They just crushed three wheelchairs!
It was heartbreaking to speak with Jarrod, who lost not only his wheelchair, but everything he owns that he keeps in his backpack. He was hit by a car last Tuesday. @CityOfBoston @marty_walsh this is inhumane & cruel. #OperationCleanSweep https://t.co/a0WrSld5fo pic.twitter.com/kcW6mEwIBP
— Cassie Hurd (@Classymscassie) August 7, 2019
The Globe didn’t cover last night’s raid. If a row of Arlington or Back Bay residents had their stuff seized and destroyed by police, I’m going to bet they’d be on the scene.
Apparently this is in reaction to a Suffolk County officer being attacked a week ago by a denizen of the row. How is this not collective punishment? How is this supposed to help addicts? Where do they go? Where is the help?
I’d look forward to hearing more context, but this seems pretty hideously inhumane. Homelessness and addiction are hard for a city to deal with. This ain’t it.