Sunday, July 18, 2010

Does "homeless dumping" happen?
Or is it the stuff of urban legend?

PolitiFact Florida -- which usually examines the truth of campaign ads -- has tackled the question of "homeless dumping," where cops from one city drive homeless people to another city, drop them off and leave.

St. Petersburg Council Chair Leslie Curran claimed that other Pinellas cities are dumping their homeless in St. Pete. Her claim was based on a Tarpon Springs police officer's supposed statement that he had brought homeless folks there. As it turns out, he had transported exactly one, and that was to an alcohol rehabilitation center.

The Truth-o-meter rating: False.

Read the PolitiFact Florida report here.


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