NYPD “Business Improvement” Officers Dismantled a Homeless Encampment During a Memorial for a Dead Resident
As part of an initiative by Mayor Eric Adams, the city has swept the encampment where Jose Hernandez would often sleep nearly 10 times this year.
Chris Gelardi · June 14, 2022
Friends of Jose Hernandez, a homeless encampment resident who died days earlier, light candles in his honor minutes before police and sanitation workers interrupt his memorial to dismantle the encampment near Tompkins Square Park on June 13. | Chris Gelardi / New York Focus
Friends of Jose Hernandez, who died days earlier, embrace as police and sanitation workers interrupt his memorial to dismantle the encampment where he often slept. | Chris Gelardi / New York Focus
A community member, right, consoles the partner of Jose Hernandez before a memorial held in his honor. | Chris Gelardi / New York Focus
Johnny Grima, left, sits and smokes as a New York City Department of Sanitation worker sweeps up his encampment near Tompkins Square Park on June 13. | Chris Gelardi / New York Focus
Chris Gelardi is a reporter for New York Focus investigating the state’s criminal-legal system. His work has appeared in more than a dozen other outlets, most frequently The Nation, The Intercept, and The Appeal. He is a past recipient of awards from Columbia… more
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