Cops take plates of food from hungry peopleAfter about 30 to 40 people were served and with about 50 people still waiting in line, a Food Not Bombs sharing was stopped by authorities in Concord, California.
The Contra Costa Health Department, with the assistance of the Concord police, ordered the group to cease operations and confiscated all of the remaining food and supplies.
As hungry people walked away with plates full of food, the police took their plates and ordered them to leave.
Before the serving began at the Concord farmers market in the Todos Santos plaza, the newly formed chapter of Food Not Bombs was confronted by the health department and the police and told not to serve the meal. But the group decided to set up and begin serving anyway because so many people were waiting for the meal.
The authorities used lack of permits and violations of health codes to justify their actions. The cookware and supplies were later returned to Food Not Bombs.
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