By Paul Kruze and Miriam Raftery
Photo: Screenshot from video on James Elia’s Facebook page
January 14, 2018 (El Cajon)—Defying a city of El Cajon ban on feeding homeless people in public places, a dozen individuals including a 14-year-old minor were arrested and given misdemeanor citations by El Cajon Police today, then released.
The feeding was one of many held around the country this weekend to carry on the legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who in a 1964 lecture to Nobel laureates voiced concerns about those who “have no houses or beds to sleep in.“ Rev. King added, “If we feel this as a profound moral fact, we cannot be content to see men hungry, to see men victimized with starvation and ill health, when we have the means to help them.”
El Cajon’s City Council voted to adopt a temporary ban on feeding the homeless in public places during the countywide hepatitis emergency declaration, since there have been many cases among the homeless in the outbreak, which county health officials believe originated in El Cajon.