Published: Wednesday, 10 February 2016 17:20
Written by Super User
In a firm initiative that rolled out starting at the first of the month, the city of Dallas ordered a widespread crackdown on the aggressive panhandling that the city has considered an issue for a long time. Since the beginning of the initiative, more than 103 people have been arrested for panhandling as of Superbowl Sunday.
The concerted effort by police to arrest Dallas-area panhandlers has been in the works for some time, but it’s only recently that the city issued the order to begin arrests. They claim that they’ve received too many reports of citizens feeling threatened, harassed, or uncomfortable by many of the more-persistent panhandlers throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area.
The majority of the arrests and the focus of the Dallas Police Department is focused around the downtown Dallas area, where panhandling is common. The pushback is primarily targeted at panhandlers who have consistently remained in one place, and who the police feel have been too aggressive with the public.
Read more: Dallas Cracks Down on Panhandlers, Arresting More Than 100 People Since Feb. 1