A group of journalists seeking to expose the hypocrisy of California legislators regarding their stance on homelessness filmed a six-minute hidden camera investigation which they later released to the public.
California legislators are currently mulling over a controversial law that would overturn dozens of local ordinances against vagrancy if it were to go into effect. Known as the so-called “Homeless Person’s Bill of Rights and Fairness Act,” the measure would enable homeless individuals the right “to move freely, rest, eat, share, accept, or give food or water, and solicit donations in public spaces.”
In response to the controversial measure, a group of journalists posing as homeless stragglers secretly filmed themselves hanging out in front of the home of Roger Dickinson, one of the legislators behind the act.
However, only minutes after arriving in front of Dickinson’s home, the California legislator left his driveway and passed the undercover crew.
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The police (or maybe local security) arrived a short while later and told the group to move along.
“We wanted to see how the assemblyman would react if he had homeless people sleeping out in front of his house,” journalist James O’Keefe told the Daily Caller. “And what do you know? They called the cops on us.”
The police officer (or security guard) told the crew the Sacramento suburb in which Dickinson lives isn’t the proper place to stand around idling.
“Basically around here, you want to keep it moving because it’s going to draw unwanted attention,” he said. “I’m saying you don’t want to hang out in this neighborhood really.”
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Sources: Daily Caller