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Tampa Cops Arrest Volunteers For Feeding Homeless (Video)

Food Not Bombs volunteers were handcuffed and arrested by police in Tampa, Florida, on Jan. 7 for feeding homeless people in a public park without a permit (video below).

Erin Sauer filmed the incident, posted it on Facebook and wrote: "They've been feeding the homeless in this park for a long time and they just decided to shut it down this weekend. We're thinking it's because of the football game." Food Not Bombs said that it has fed the homeless in the same park over 100 times,

According to, feeding homeless people in the city requires a pricey special permit that includes an insurance policy.

The volunteers reportedly knew they were violating the law because they had received prior warning about their non-permitted acts of kindness.

Police came to the scene, told the volunteers that they had three minutes to cease feeding people, and then arrested the activists, some of whom were wearing plastic gloves for hygiene purposes.

As one volunteer was being arrested, he urged the homeless people to eat the food. But one individual who dared to reach for a bagel was arrested.

Food Not Bombs told the media in an email that the group "has no plans to stop sharing food with the homeless and hungry and will continue to defy unjust laws that criminalize compassion and mutual aid."

According to the email, the volunteers plan to meet again in the park on Jan. 10:

We intend to expose the city's cruelty in the face of thousands in our community who are struggling with issues of food insecurity, mental and medical health issues, poverty, and homelessness. If the city will not address these problems, the least they can do is not get in the way and stop others from addressing these needs. Compassion should never be criminalized.

Sources: Erin Sauer/Facebook, / Photo Credit: Anthony Martino via

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