Protestors fight plan to curb aggressive panhandling - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Protestors fight plan to curb aggressive panhandling

Protestors fought back against a plan to curb aggressive panhandling Friday.

This week the Center City Commission announced a plan to hire private security to curb aggressive panhandling in parts of downtown Memphis.

Protestors say housing is the real problem because Memphis does not have one free shelter.
 
"Why do we continue to use the resources of this city to criminalize those who are vulnerable and hurting who are out on the streets. This is an absolute shame that we are using this money to hurt people who are already hurting," Dr. Peter Gathje said.

Sanford with the Center City Commission said the security is not for homeless people.

He said 99 percent of aggressive panhandlers are not homeless.
   

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