"Food Not Bombs" Activists Say Cops Don't Want Them to Give Vegan Food to Homeless
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|A Food Not Bombs event in Israel.|
Food Not Bombs is an international activist organization that hands out free vegan and
Fort Lauderdale Police Department spokesman Det. Travis Mandell said the arrests were for trespassing and had nothing to do with involvement in Food Not Bombs. He said he hadn't heard anything about the sign.
City spokesman Chaz Adams said he doesn't "think anyone's trying to kick them out of the park."
Food Not Bombs complained in February that police illegally entered a house and groped a female in the raid. A police rep disputed those claims and said the group is "certainly free to serve food however they want."
After the arrests a couple weeks ago, a member of Food Not Bombs wrote an eyewitness account of the incident on an anarchist website. It claims the men were "in the midst of a heated, exuberant and utterly harmless game of 'Battle Flag,' were defending the territory between SE 3rd Ave. and Federal Hwy... when the cops moved in." The post's author then goes on to write that the police were "retaliating, and extending a pattern of harassment against Food Not Bombs."
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|Some of the capture the flag players before the May 1 arrests.|
Hunter, one of the two players arrested, said the first arrest was prompted when police said another player walked on a private lawn after being warned not to. Hunter said he believes he was arrested because Food Not Bombs members were photographing the first arrest: He's charged with trespassing after he cut through a commercial building during the game, but he said he wasn't recognized until the photographs started, 30 minutes to an hour after he cut through the building.
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