DENVER (CBS4)– Denver Mayor Michael Hancock says some of the people who have camped out around Denver have an agenda that has nothing to do with homelessness. He says those individuals are making it difficult, and even dangerous, for city workers to help those who are homeless.

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Hancock can see the tents in Civic Center Park from his office. They have been there for weeks. He says moving them is not as simple as people think. Many of the camps, he says, are infested with diseases and not all the campers are homeless, let alone from Denver.

Hancock says they block city workers from entering the camps and bait police, “This is very intentional. Let’s not play games with the fact that we know there is an agenda behind this and they want to provoke the city, they want to provoke businesses, they want to provoke law enforcement.”

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He says he’s worried that arresting them puts police and other people in the camps at risk, “But at same time, we’ve got a job to do and we’re going to do it.”

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Among those who have accused the Mayor of not doing his job: Gov. Jared Polis.

“I think anybody, whether it’s the Governor, a U.S. Senator or anyone, who wants to make comments about homelessness in the City of Denver to educate themselves before they open their mouths. Between now and the first part of August, we’re going to have a lot more activity taking place. We’re up against a lot.”

Hancock says while more people are homeless because of job losses, the camps are also due to shelters in neighboring cities closing. He says about a third of the homeless in Denver are from the surrounding area. Still, he says the city has enough beds for all of them. The city has spent nearly $30 million on additional shelter space and will soon open a sanctioned campsite near the Denver Coliseum.

Shaun Boyd

Comments (3)
  1. Grace says:

    Dear President Trump and Vice President Pence,

    It’s highly disrespectful to take a knee at the NFL or MLB games but I believe that the time to kneel at the White House meetings has come.

    Can there be any harm done in heads bowed in prayer to King Jesus the ruler over all the nations including the United States and His Father the one true God of heaven and earth, for His guidance during this tumultuous time and economic distress in our country? (To learn more about Jesus, go to Biblehub and READ John 1-21, SONG:

    What other nation or people on earth could or would do that both in their political realm and personal lives? NOT ONE.

    America is special because the Lord Jesus founded this nation under God bequeathing the honor to George Washington of being the first president, a godly man regardless of slanderous depictions of him by vile “historians”.

    (Renaissance and a gentleman through and through: Rejecting his delicious retirement with his family and friends, sacrificing ease for hazard, As the general of the War he was paid today’s equivalent to $200k a year but stated that he did not wish to profit [??!!] from it and would keep an exact accounting and only accept EXPENSE incurred. In other words, return the rest!

    IN STARK CONTRAST: Tenet Healthcare Corp, the second richest Dallas-based hospital, received $500 million in COVID 19 grants that DON’T HAVE TO BE REPAID. Its CEO Rittenmeyer made $24.3 million in total annual compensation last year [~100x]. During a presentation to investors in May, Rittenmeyer said the federal aid has been helpful, but “we believe that more is needed from the government.” [!!!!] )

    When Boston was cannonaded by the British while the first American Congress met in Philadephia, Rev Mr. Duche extemporaneously lead them in prayer. Most of the members stood during the prayer. George Washington was on his knees. (In those days men stood in prayer while women kneeled.)

    And the fruition of months of prayers? the decisive victory in the battles of Lexington and Concord, the first military engagements of the American Revolutionary War.

    “There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD.
    The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD.” PROVERBS 21:30-31

    As the White House leads by example in prayers, won’t the righteous meme spread throughout the nation and even the whole world?

    When we bring honor to His Name, will He not act on our behalf as He did in delivering a great triumph for George Washington and The Continental Army?

    Consequently, this nation was born.

  2. The Mayor is the chief impediment to helping the homeless by establishing sanctioned areas to camp, not radicals. Taxpayers can be assured that whatever the City does, it will be the most pointless, confrontational, unsatisfactory, and wasteful his handlers can conceive.

  3. Glenn Rogers says:

    If the little sissy knows that why don’t he do something about it. or is he to scared.

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