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[2017] Atlanta Police Suddenly Enforce Old Law and Hand Out Tickets to People Feeding the Homeless

Every Sunday, like clockwork, activists Adele Maclean and Marlon Kautz distribute food to the homeless at a public park in Atlanta. Georgia State Police also distributed a flyer, produced by Atlanta’s Department of Public Safety, about the enforcement of a county ordinance that requires permits for the “operation of a food service establishment.” According to the flyer, enforcement is necessary for sanitary reasons and because “many people become dependent on these activities, leading them to stay on the streets instead of seeking the help and support they truly need.” Maclean and Kautz, who are activists with a group called Food Not Bombs, are due in court next month on the charge of violating the county ordinance. Maclean provided a copy of her ticket to The Intercept, which we have redacted to conceal her home address: Kautz described the situation to Atlanta’s Channel 2, which was filming when police issued the citations. In 1996, when Atlanta hosted the Olympics, Fulton County offered the city’s homeless population one-way bus tickets to anywhere in the country, conditioned on signing a statement promising not to return. Correction: Nov. 29, 2017, 3:01 p.m. An earlier version of this story incorrectly attributed a quote to Adele Maclean instead of Marlon Kautz, based on a misattribution made by Atlanta’s Channel 2, the original source.

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