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‘The Police Don’t Actually Come’: SF Residents Witness Untold Horrors Living Next to Huge Homeless Encampment

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Homelessness is not a new problem in San Francisco. But it is becoming more apparent as homeless encampments begin to creep into rich neighborhoods and real estate.

San Francisco and the Bay Area have the third-largest homeless population in the U.S., according to KRON-TV.

Despite millions of dollars being spent on housing costs and homeless relief, San Francisco’s problems have not improved. In its 2019-2020 budget proposal, the city allocated $364 million to homeless services, Curbed SF reported. Yet the homeless population just kept growing.

Long before the COVID pandemic took a toll on all cities, in 2018, a United Nations official visited San Francisco and was shocked by what she saw. She reported that the treatment of the homeless “constitutes cruel and inhuman treatment and is a violation of multiple human rights, including the rights to life, housing, health and water and sanitation.”

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It’s only gotten worse.

Recently, residents of one luxury condominium have grown afraid of their own neighborhood as the alleyway next to them has become the city’s biggest homeless encampment, according to KPIX-TV.

The Artani is a complex on Van Ness Avenue where units are going for $1 million.

By contrast, the homeless encampment is reported to have rats, criminals and mentally unstable individuals, including a man who is known for throwing feces.

Now, residents of the Artani are sharing harrowing stories of living next to such bedlam.

“I’ve seen people physically fighting, and I myself was leaving once and a man approached my car and yelling obscenities and threatening me, which was really scary,” a resident named Shannon told KPIX.

There are stories of stolen packages, break-ins, people urinating all over, and more.

“There was a guy who passed out in front of our door with a needle hanging out of his arm all day long. And our children had to walk past that,” resident Amber Lutsko said.

But even when residents call the police, they don’t come.

“The police don’t actually come when we call 911 because we’re actively being threatened by somebody who’s wielding a club or a knife. They don’t come,” one resident said.



Drugs are especially on the rise in San Francisco.

Seven hundred people in the city died of overdoses (mostly of fentanyl) in 2020, a 60 percent increase from 2019, according to KABC-TV.

So what is the solution to this problem? What is the city doing about its homeless population that is growing and seems to be getting more violent?

In March, the city promised an additional $1.6 million for overdose prevention efforts.

Starting three years ago, in an attempt to cut down on encampments, the city has been offering the homeless two options: Move or accept shelter from the city.

But this effort only goes so far since many homeless do not accept the offer of help or shelter.

“[Healthy Streets Operations Center] teams encountered 5,621 individuals living in tents during encampment sweeps between June 2020 and October 2021. Less than half of them moved from the site into a hotel, shelter or safe sleeping site, according to information provided by the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management,” the San Francisco Examiner reported in October.

So San Francisco and many other cities find themselves in an endless, vicious cycle of trying to clean up encampments and solve homelessness but are having little success.

Is there a solution?

There is no immediate solution to such waves of homelessness. Just like many cities and police forces have experienced, as soon as you clear out an encampment or street, it usually just returns to what it was.

Any real and lasting solution to homelessness is going to have to take a long-term view. Many homeless individuals are disabled or have no stability, so they choose to return to the streets. It’s going to take a lot more than just throwing city government money at the homeless population to actually get them off the street.

Should cities force the homeless off the streets?

One of the biggest problems is that homeless individuals often report that they simply don’t trust the system. So any real solution to the problem will require winning the trust of a homeless individual so that they will accept help. Unfortunately, cities and government institutions lost that trust long ago, which makes it nearly impossible for them to be the problems solvers here.

“Many fear having to give up certain belongings or leave a longtime partner or they simply lack trust in the system after years of feeling they have been failed by it,” the San Francisco Examiner reported.

It will require massive investment and resources to solve these problems. Sure, step one can be taking the homeless to shelters and making sure there is enough nasal Narcan to save individuals from overdosing.

But steps two, three and four — and beyond — will require private businesses and individuals willing to help the homeless find an apartment, a job, rehabilitation, treatment for their illnesses and more. They will require helping the homeless learn to make the choice to accept help and work for stability.

Sadly, there are no overnight solutions. Nor are there many policy solutions to this issue. A city council cannot pass a mandate or policy that simply requires the homeless to magically become stable and independent. That will have to be accomplished through private, individual investment.

So if the residents of The Artani are concerned about their safety, they can do one of two things. They can either move, or they can start finding ways to get the homeless into rehab, jobs and homes. It’s not easy, but it’s a more viable option than just watching the city throw money at the problem and still end up with streets that look like a third-world country.

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Florida Man Sentenced for Brutally Slaying Teen After He ‘Violated’ Islamic Faith

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A 21-year-old resident of Palm Beach County, Florida, received a life imprisonment sentence Thursday for carrying out a deadly 2018 knife attack at a sleepover.

Corey Johnson was convicted in November 2021 of first-degree homicide for the murder of 13-year-old Jovanni Sierra and two counts of attempted murder, according to WPTV-TV.

Johnson carried out the stabbing attacks when he was over at a BallenIsles Country Club residence for a March 12, 2018, sleepover as 15-year old Kyle Bancroft’s guest.

He slit Sierra’s throat at the house and wounded Kyle’s 13-year-old brother, Dane Bancroft, and mother, Elaine Simon, by stabbing them multiple times.

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He slit 13-year old Jovanni Sierra’s throat that day, citing his faith in Islam, according to WPTV. Johnson believed that Sierra idolizing public figures went against his Islamic beliefs. The then-17-year-old also thought that Dane, whom he stabbed 32 times, made fun of Islam, according to WPTV.

Dane and Simon both survived the stabbings, though Simon had been stabbed over a dozen times.

Before the attack, according to The Palm Beach Post, Johnson sent some pictures to a Muslim girl with whom he seemed to have formed a relationship over the internet.

Before the homicide, Johnson, according to the arrest affidavit, read the Quran on his phone “to give him courage to carry out his intentions.”

Johnson’s lawyers implored the jury to find him not guilty of the charges by reason of insanity during his trial. The attorneys told the court that Johnson suffered from depression, took medications such as Zoloft and engaged in activities such as watching Islamic State group videos that rendered him “psychotic and delusional.”

The Islamic State terrorist group is notorious for its gruesome propaganda videos featuring uncensored executions such as beheadings and burning people alive.

They release such footage on their Telegram, Element and RocketChat handles to terrorize Western audiences by demonstrating how extreme the militants can go to advance their agenda of establishing a worldwide Islamic caliphate.

The Islamic State group also releases footage of their executions to motivate Muslims who feel politically suffocated or discriminated against in the West to carry out attacks against non-Muslims.

Johnson’s relatives also told cops that dictators such as Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin had fascinated Johnson, according to WPTV.

Johnson apologized for his actions during his Thursday sentencing.

“I took the life of an innocent 13-year-old boy in the most heinous and cowardly way possible,” Johnson said, according to the Post.

“I wish I could take it back. I wish I could do something to make this right,” he stated, WPTV reported. “But I do want to apologize, not because it will change anything, but because I really, truly am sorry.”

“I am truly in disbelief that I could have done something so terrible. That’s not who I am, and I’m not a violent person,” Johnson said.

According to True Crime Daily, Johnsons’s attorneys requested the sentence to be 40 years’ imprisonment. Circuit Judge Cheryl Caracuzzo declined.

“I do not think rehabilitation is likely,” Caracuzzo told Johnson during the sentencing, according to the Post.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

A 21-year-old resident of Palm Beach County, Florida, received a life imprisonment sentence Thursday for carrying out a deadly 2018 knife attack at a sleepover. Corey Johnson was convicted in November 2021 of first-degree homicide for the murder of 13-year-old Jovanni Sierra and two counts of attempted murder, according to WPTV-TV. Johnson carried out the stabbing attacks when he was over at a BallenIsles Country Club residence for a March 12, 2018, sleepover as 15-year old Kyle Bancroft’s guest. He slit Sierra’s throat at the house and wounded Kyle’s 13-year-old brother, Dane Bancroft, and mother, Elaine Simon, by stabbing them multiple times. He slit 13-year old Jovanni Sierra’s throat that day, citing his faith in Islam, according to WPTV. Johnson believed that Sierra idolizing public figures went against his Islamic beliefs. The then-17-year-old also thought that Dane, whom he stabbed 32 times, made fun of Islam, according to WPTV. Dane and Simon both survived the stabbings, though Simon had been stabbed over a dozen times. Before the attack, according to The Palm Beach Post, Johnson sent some pictures to a Muslim girl with whom he seemed to have formed a relationship over the internet. Before the homicide, Johnson, according to the arrest affidavit, read the Quran on his phone “to give him courage to carry out his intentions.” Johnson’s lawyers implored the jury to find him not guilty of the charges by reason of insanity during his trial. The attorneys told the court that Johnson suffered from depression, took medications such as Zoloft and engaged in activities such as watching Islamic State group videos that rendered him “psychotic and delusional.” The Islamic State terrorist group is notorious for its gruesome propaganda videos featuring uncensored executions such as beheadings and burning people alive. They release such footage on their Telegram, Element…

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Ex-Palace Guard Says Predator Ghislaine Maxwell ‘Had an Intimate Relationship with Prince Andrew’

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The prince and the procurer may have had a history, according to new reports.

Former palace guard Paul Page linked socialite Ghislaine Maxwell — who has been convicted of sex trafficking as part of late financier Jeffrey Epstein’s sordid dealings with underage girls — with Prince Andrew, saying that she was continually “in and out” of Buckingham Palace at one time, according to the New York Post.

Page’s comments are part of a documentary titled “Ghislaine, Prince Andrew and the Pedophile,” which airs Tuesday on Britain’s ITV.

Page dated the era of Maxwell’s comings and goings as occurring in 2001, which is the same year that Andrew is immortalized in a snapshot with Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who has alleged she had sex with the prince while underage, at Maxwell’s behest. Prince Andrew has denied the allegation.

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“From the way she was allowed to enter and exit the palace at will, we realized — suspected — that she may have had an intimate relationship with Prince Andrew,” Page said.

“A colleague of mine remembered her coming in four times in one day. She kept coming in and out, in and out,” Page said.

Page is not the only one to plumb the depths of the relationship between the prince and Maxwell.

A banker friend of Maxwell’s who socialized with the now-disgraced group shared the sentiment.

“I got the sense that Prince Andrew and Ghislaine had probably been girlfriend and boyfriend in the past,” banker Euan Rellie said in the documentary, according to the U.K.’s Telegraph.

“They had an easy warmth around each other,” he said.

Rellie recalled being invited to a dinner party at Epstein’s New York mansion by Maxwell, who allegedly said the party was “for my friend Prince Andrew.”

“She described Andrew as being her friend, not Jeffrey’s,” Rellie recalled.

In a bit of theater, ITV’s Ranvir Singh is shown in the documentary dialing a number she said was in a black book of numbers belonging to Epstein and Maxwell.

According to ITV, the entry was for “Duke of York” with a Buckingham Palace address, as well as others frequented by the royal family.

“Hello, I think this might be Prince Andrew,” Singh said on camera, before playing it to the hilt by leaving a message.

“We found your number on the little black book and we’d like to have a chat with you,” she said.

Despite the prince’s denial of Giuffre’s allegations, he was recently stripped of his royal title.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

The prince and the procurer may have had a history, according to new reports. Former palace guard Paul Page linked socialite Ghislaine Maxwell — who has been convicted of sex trafficking as part of late financier Jeffrey Epstein’s sordid dealings with underage girls — with Prince Andrew, saying that she was continually “in and out” of Buckingham Palace at one time, according to the New York Post. Page’s comments are part of a documentary titled “Ghislaine, Prince Andrew and the Pedophile,” which airs Tuesday on Britain’s ITV. Page dated the era of Maxwell’s comings and goings as occurring in 2001, which is the same year that Andrew is immortalized in a snapshot with Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who has alleged she had sex with the prince while underage, at Maxwell’s behest. Prince Andrew has denied the allegation. “From the way she was allowed to enter and exit the palace at will, we realized — suspected — that she may have had an intimate relationship with Prince Andrew,” Page said. A new ITV documentary exposes details of Prince Andrew and Maxwell’s friendship https://t.co/icnkJiDgRr pic.twitter.com/Bii0ni9nnt — The Mirror (@DailyMirror) January 17, 2022 “A colleague of mine remembered her coming in four times in one day. She kept coming in and out, in and out,” Page said. Page is not the only one to plumb the depths of the relationship between the prince and Maxwell. A banker friend of Maxwell’s who socialized with the now-disgraced group shared the sentiment. “I got the sense that Prince Andrew and Ghislaine had probably been girlfriend and boyfriend in the past,” banker Euan Rellie said in the documentary, according to the U.K.’s Telegraph. “They had an easy warmth around each other,” he said. Rellie recalled being invited to a dinner party at Epstein’s New York mansion by Maxwell, who allegedly said…

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