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Police arrest more than dozen while clearing homeless camp

September 19, 2018
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Activists line up for a willing arrest at the Bronson Park encampment in downtown Kalamazoo, Mich., on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. Police made several arrests while clearing out a homeless camp in southwestern Michigan that's been a focus of protests seeking better resources for homeless people. (Daniel Vasta/Kalamazoo Gazette via AP)

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Police arrested more than a dozen people while clearing out a homeless camp in southwestern Michigan that’s been a focus of protests since last month by those seeking better resources for homeless people.

The city of Kalamazoo had set a Tuesday evening deadline for people to leave Bronson Park and police arrived Wednesday morning, about 12 hours after the deadline passed. Police dismantled tents and arrested 14, including protesters who wouldn’t leave.

Public Safety Chief Karianne Thomas tells the Kalamazoo Gazette city Commissioner Shannon Sykes Nehring was arrested for resisting and obstructing police.

Sykes Nehring, who had joined the protesters, said: “They don’t go without me.”

Homelessness has been in the spotlight in Kalamazoo in recent weeks since a proposal to crack down on sleeping and camping in city parks drew criticism.

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