Denver police, sheriff's deputies and a SWAT team arrested 10 activists who were building "tiny homes" for homeless people at Sustainability Park on Oct. 24 (video below).
Police spokesman Tyrone Campbell told 7News that the activists from Denver Homeless Out Loud were ordered to disperse several times before being arrested for trespassing.
The Denver Housing Authority called the police on the activists who reportedly refused to leave the property.
Denver Homeless Out Loud issued a statement on its website:
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"Denver Housing Authority, which owns the property, has torn down hundreds of low income housing units, and after allowing the Urban Farming Cooperative to use the land for a few years, has agreed this year to sell the land to a private developer, who will build multifamily housing that will support gentrification in Curtis Park but be far beyond the reach of those for whom the Denver Housing Authority is supposed to exist.
"... By 9pm, with a police helicopter circling overhead, the officers made the arrests and Denver Public Works destroyed, threw into dump trucks, and carted away the homes that had been so badly needed by houseless people and so lovingly constructed by those who would have lived there and their supporters."
Denver Public Works told 7News that the tiny homes were taken away by a contractor hired by the police. The Denver Police Department claims it returned some of the temporary homes.
Denver Homeless Out Loud added: "We will not give up! We will keep fighting to defend people’s right to housing."