Police say complaints about drugs, guns and gangs led to the homeless camp sweep.

KTLA News

SUNLAND — A homeless camp under the 210 Freeway in Big Tujunga Wash has been raided and torn down Friday by Los Angeles Police Officers on horseback.

LAPD officials say the sweep of the camp was necessary because of the number of complaints and problems at the camp that included drugs, alcohol abuse, gangs and shootings.

Some neighbors said they had nothing against the homeless but there was an element at the camp that brought crime and trouble the camp and to the neighborhood.

L.A. City councilman Paul Krekorian says there had been extensive long-term efforts to get the homeless out of the camp and into shelters.

Community activists say the action by the LAPD was unfortunate because the homeless population received no warning, no chance to remove their possessions.

Some of the homeless had lived in the encampment for several years. Now many say they have no where else to go.

Police officials say when they went to dismantle the camp they did offer assistance to the homeless people living there.

Original story at: http://www.chicagotribune.com/topic/ktla-homeless-camp-raid-sunland,0,6015919.story

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