Left-wing activists physically prevent Minneapolis from clearing violent homeless camp

Minneapolis activists prevented the city from disassembling a homeless camp as the city notes that such camps have housed rapes, acid attacks and shootings.

Activists prevent a skid loader from being unloaded near Peavy Park. (Image source: Twitter/@YoLarryJohnson

Homeless encampments in Minneapolis have grown beyond the city’s control as left-wing activists physically prevented authorities from taking action.

Since early June, over 55 public parks in Minneapolis have been filled with tents pitched by the homeless, according to the Park and Recreation Board. The Park Board passed a resolution allowing the homeless population to seek “refuge” in public parks earlier this summer, but has now limited the size of encampments to a maximum of 25 tents.

When the city attempted to shut down an encampment Wednesday in Peavy Park following a wave of violence that left two shot, left-wing activists stepped in to physically bar officials from carrying out their duties.

After issuing a call for “bodies comfortable being arrested,” organizer Lauren Josephine said the group she rallied “held cops back, held the line of tents, and physically stopped the bulldozer from being dropped off the trailer.”

She later posted a photograph (seen above) that shows her group harassing what appears to be either a Minneapolis or Park Police officer trying to unload a small skid loader.

Another image shows a group of individuals standing behind the trailer and one person sitting on top of the equipment.

Activists prevent a skid loader from being unloaded near Peavy Park. (Image source: Twitter/@GP_Jacob)

Apparently, the actions of the activists were prompted by a request from the homeless themselves, who asked for “eviction defense in the form of cop watch, physical intervention, [and] liaison with police and parks” prior to the attempted eviction, per Josephine.

The Park Board notes that although it has designated sites where the construction of encampments is permitted, the largest camps are illicitly positioned outside these areas.

This map, provided by the Minneapolis Park Board, shows the location of camps throughout the city. (Image source: Screenshot/Park Board)

The Park Board also said it has received overwhelmingly negative feedback from the community regarding the camps, and has published a list of crimes that have occurred at just four of the occupied parks (Powderhorn, Peavey, Elliot and Loring) since July 15. Roughly 30 serious crimes have occurred in these parks, including rape, arson and an acid attack.

The board is also concerned that parks may encroach on school zones, compromising the safety of children.