TUCSON, Ariz. – A growing homeless camp of sleeping pods and tents in a Tucson park is the scene of a battle between city officials and protesters.
The protesters at Veinte De Agosto Park say the growing encampment on a small, one-acre green space is a way to combat city regulations they believe unfairly target the homeless. For city officials and business owners, it's an eyesore that unfairly takes space from pedestrians and chases away visitors and tourists.
On Thursday, police conducted a sting that resulted in the arrest of six camp members. Tucson police said they'd received complaints about drugs sales at the park.
The battle between the campers, a spinoff of the Occupy movement that sought social and economic equality, and government officials is also being played out in the courts.