Earlier this week, we talked about Arnold Abbott, a 90-year-old cook and homeless advocate who works to keep the starving masses in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. well fed. He was arrested on Sunday for doing just that, in compliance with a ridiculous new city ordinance effectively outlawing feeding the homeless.
And now, he’s been arrested again for the same exact reason.
It should come as no surprise (but it still does), as Abbott insisted that he wouldn’t let the law stop him from being a good Samaritan, and Ft. Lauderdale mayor Jack Seiler insisted the law would be enforced as written.
Abbott was apprehended by authorities about 45 minutes into serving meals to homeless on a local beach. The cop allegedly only came in to stop Abbott after he began an interview with a local news station.
As four officers ushered Abbott away from the scene, bystanders could be heard chanting Abbott’s name and yelling “Shame!” at the police. Abbott faces a potential 60 days in jail and a $500 fine for violating the law.
The law Abbott was violating was enacted only last week. It prohibits handing out food in a public place without a permit and providing hand washing stations and port-a-potties.
Mayor Seiler defended the ordinance, which homeless advocates say makes it impossible for nonprofit groups to bear the costs to help homeless, saying in a letter to his constituents:
We have established an outdoor food distribution ordinance to ensure the health, safety and welfare of our community. The ordinance does not prohibit feeding the homeless; it regulates the activity in order to ensure it is carried out in an appropriate, organized, clean and healthy manner. At a recent outdoor food distribution, citations were rightly issued for non-compliance with the process enacted to ensure public health and safety.
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