Denver, CO – On December 16th, Unicorn Riot was on the ground as Denver PD evicted a homeless camp during a blizzard-like snowfall (pictured below) that day that measured eight inches. We learned later that police also attacked and evicted a camp that numbered in the hundreds on the day before, the 15th.
— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) December 15, 2015
The Denver Police have continued their crack down on those unfortunate enough to not have shelter. We interviewed members of the homeless community on December 19th, outside the location of the camp that police evicted and listened to their stories. Peter explains what transpired this past Tuesday, the 15th of December:
The homeless community in Denver are consistently used to being moved around by the police, they are usually forced to at the least, relocate across the street. The city schedules sidewalk cleanings and the police have been using this as an excuse to arrest people and dispose of anything left behind. The community would normally move on the designated cleaning days of Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. This past week the police changed their tactics and schedules and came on a Tuesday, a non-scheduled cleaning day, and gave the over 100 homeless people very little time to gather their things into two bags and move.
The belongings and possessions of the community are continually thrown away by police and this also happened during the day of December 15th:
The people we spoke with seemed shocked as to why the police targeted them in this fashion. They said they’ve always moved, but suddenly the police came on a different day and came very aggressively. People we interviewed also stated that actions on the 15th were an escalation by the Denver police against the Denver homeless community.
Community members we spoke to told us that homelessness in Denver is now illegal.
We ended our interviews with DC, who broke down her recent experience with the Denver Police. She said the police constantly move homeless people, harass them, and disregard that they are humans who have families. She breaks down the the issues with shelters and declares that the only real help they have access to as homeless are being provided with a “one-way ticket” out of the state.
Full stream of interviews from December 19th:
Unicorn Riot continues to follow and document Denver’s city campaign to disrupt and harass the local Denver homeless community.
Unicorn Riot coverage on Denver’s housing crisis:
- Denver ‘Clean-ups’ Displace 100+ Unhoused Residents Amid Health Crisis (April 30, 2020)
- Housing First Advocates Protest USICH Director Marbut’s Visit to Denver (Feb. 21, 2020)
- Denver Police Cash In on Houseless Encampment Clean-Ups (Feb. 5, 2020)
- Judge Rules Denver’s Camping Ban Unconstitutional, Dismisses Jerry Burton’s Ban Ticket (Jan. 3, 2020)
- Advocates Demand Denver Protect Rights of People Without Homes (Oct. 21, 2019)
- Denver’s ‘Right to Survive’ Ballot Initiative Voted Down (May 9, 2019)
- “Unhealthy By Design:” CU Denver’s New Report About Camping Ban (April 13, 2019)
- Denver Paid Clean-Up Company $400,000 to Help in Houseless Sweeps (Nov. 27, 2018)
- Denver Police, City Workers Throw Away Belongings Amid Lawsuit (July 16, 2018)
- Class-Action Against Denver for Criminalizing Houselessness Moves Forward (May 11, 2018)
- Fourth Push for Homeless Bill of Rights in Colorado Legislature (March 14, 2018)
- First Lawsuit Hearing for Mobile Home Park Residents Suing Park Owners (March 2, 2018)
- Denver’s First Tiny Home Village ‘Beloved Community Village’ Turns Six Months Old (January 19, 2018)
- Denver Park Rangers Take Sleeping Bag, Tent from Houseless Man in 25 Degree Weather (November 12, 2017)
- Eighty Families Offer to Purchase Mobile Home Park to Avoid Eviction (September 25, 2017)
- Denver Human Rights Activist and Community Organizer, Terese Howard, Faces Up to 30 Days in Jail (August 24, 2017)
- Class-Action Lawsuit Against Denver: Motions Filed for Summary Judgement (August 15, 2017)
- U.S. District Court of CO Certifies One of the Largest Houseless Class-Actions in U.S. History (April 29, 2017)
- Three Convicted in Camping Ban Trial Two Weeks Ahead of Right to Rest Act Hearing (April 18, 2017)
- Three Co-Defendants Fight Denver’s Camping Ban in Court (April 4, 2017)
- Third Push for Homeless Bill of Rights in Colorado Legislature (Feb. 24, 2017)
- With Mayor’s Approval, Denver Continues Survival Gear Confiscations (Dec. 16, 2016)
- Denver to Continue Confiscating Survival Gear of Unhoused Under Encumbrance Ordinance, to Stop Under Camping Ban (Dec. 11, 2016)
- Denver Intensifies Sweeps of Unhoused Community and Confiscates Survival Gear; Parade of Rights Rally (Dec. 4, 2016)
- First Hearing in Class-Action Against Denver for Violating Human Rights (Oct. 14, 2016)
- Class-Action Lawsuit Against Denver: Motion Filed for Recusal of Judge Shaffer (Sept. 22, 2016)
- People Without Housing File Lawsuit Against the City of Denver (Aug. 27, 2016)
- Denver’s Affordable Housing Displaces Low-Income Residents (June 20, 2016)
- City of Denver Cracks Down on its Homeless Community (Dec. 20, 2015)
- Homeless Forced Out of Tents and into Snowstorm by Denver Police (Dec. 16, 2015)
- Resurrection Village: Denver Police Destroy Tiny Homes and Arrest Builders (Oct. 27, 2015)