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Protesters gather as homeless ejected from city-owned encampment site 'tent city'

By Alex Almanza May 27, 2020 3:00 AM

South Bend police and protestors clashed at the homeless encampment downtown Tuesday afternoon. It all began when police arrived around 2:00 p.m. and ordered everyone to remove their belongings. Residents had been given until 10 a.m. to remove all tents and leave the site at South Michigan and Monroe streets. Ultimately, one resident and two activists were arrested

South Bend Mayor James Mueller released the following statement Tuesday that reads in part:

“Today’s actions were unfortunate but necessary for the health and safety of our community. The encampment grew rapidly with increased calls for service to SBPD and reports of fights, illegal drug use and other issues."

With the help of volunteers, many of these people will set up their tents at Duolos Chapel Church Tuesday night, while a longer term solution is discussed.

Mayor Mueller said he’s proposing a nighttime amnesty shelter to be up and running as soon as possible.


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