Police dismantle New Haven homeless camp


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Police and city workers Friday dismantled a tent city that had been erected after a homeless shelter’s closure left about 100 people on the streets.

Amistad Catholic Worker set up the camp Thursday on city property at the Rosette Street Community Garden. Some of the homeless were taken to area shelters and others were headed for jail.

“If we let this happen over the weekend and anything happened where somebody got hurt the city would be liable and that would be an unsafe condition,” said Michael Harris, who works for New Haven Mayor Toni Harp.

Harris said the tent city was recruiting people from area homeless shelters.

“To be perfectly honest what was going through my mind was I was getting ready to go to jail tonight because this space is incredibly important,” Greg Williams of Amistad Catholic Worker said.

AJ Walker reporting

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