LA cops arrest nearly 50 homeless on Venice Beach

February 12, 2010 11:30:33 AM PST
Dozens of homeless people have been arrested after Los Angeles police conducted an early-morning sweep of Venice Beach.

Nearly 50 people were arrested in the pre-dawn raid Friday, some for sleeping on the beach after it closes at midnight and others on warrants and felony violations.

The raid comes amid residents' complaints about noise, drug use and crime along the famed Boardwalk. Venice Beach has a large transient population who sleep on the beach or in RVs in parking lots and nearby streets.

Police Sgt. Kevin Lowe says the homeless people were referred to outreach workers who can offer help about social services and drug rehabilitation programs.


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