El Cajon City arrested a dozen activists for violating a new ban on feeding the homeless in public spaces.
City officials enacted the ban because of the Hepatitis A outbreak that sparked earlier October 2017.
Homeless rights advocacy groups plan to take protest against the El Cajon City Council for the constitutional violations that people argue.
According to San Diego Tribune News, councilman Bob McClellan says the city has published a list of churches where the homeless can get food in an effort to contain food to sanitary environments.
El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells said the ban was misunderstood and that, “This has always been about preventing the spread of hepatitis. Ironically, it’s the homeless that are most likely the ones who were most protected by this ban.”
“We’re happy that the Hep A emergency is over,” said El Cajon Mayor, Bill Wells. “As we always said, the ban was lifted the moment we were aware of that.”
“The law is unconstitutional and infringes on our freedom of speech,” Mark Lane, an activist for Break the Ban, told FOX 5 News, “Why is it sanitary for you to have a birthday party and feed them in the park but it’s unsanitary for me to have a food share in the park? It’s ridiculous. It’s them scratching at whatever they can to back up their bad ordinance.”
El Cajon City will continue to fight the controversial debate if feeding the homeless is either constitutional or not.