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Police clear out homeless in City Creek Canyon

Police returned to City Creek Canyon Tuesday morning to clean up the canyon and get rid of anything left behind by the homeless people living there.
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH ( ABC 4 UTAH) - Police returned to City Creek Canyon Tuesday morning to clean up the canyon and get rid of anything left behind by the homeless people living there.

Spending another night in the Canyon, Ronald, a homeless man was given his final warning to vacate. Choosing not to come out from beneath the tarps of where he sleeps in City Creek Ronald wouldn't talk with ABC 4 Utah about his living situation. Detective Ron Bruno from the Salt lake Police Department says he also is rejecting any help. "He's refusing any assistance. He does not want to take advantage of the resources we have in Salt Lake City. This could possibly be due to mental illness, but unfortunately there is nothing we can do to force him to get the help that he needs."

Detective Bruno says often times people living with mental illness are oblivious to their own sickness and the fact they need help. "So sometimes you do end up like this. But as you can see his situation is unhealthy. It’s not only unhealthy for him, but unhealthy for the community as well."

Salt Lake Police Sgt. Jeff Webb says 30 years ago the city offered a tent city, but learned that was not the solution after an increase in crime. He also says they are looking for a more permanent solution. “We want to see if we can better there life’s and get them into a situation where it's better for them to be working and living,” says Webb.

As for Ronald, Detective Bruno tells ABC 4 Utah “Tomorrow we will come up and if he is still here we will have to cite him."

 

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