Old City Hall homeless encampment disbanded Thursday morning

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The homeless encampment at Old City Hall was disbanded early Thursday morning by Berkeley officials, as first reported by Berkeleyside.

According to Berkeleyside, Berkeley police and city workers arrived about 6 a.m. to take down the encampment and set up fencing around the site.

The encampment, organized by homeless rights advocacy group First They Came for the Homeless, first relocated to Old City Hall from the Here There sculpture in November 2017.

First They Came for the Homeless posted on its Facebook page that City Councilmember Cheryl Davila went to the site after the disbandment.

The disbandment comes two days after a small fire that was suspected to have originated at the encampment was extinguished at Old City Hall.

Former City Council candidate Nanci Armstrong-Temple was arrested, cited and released at encampment, according to her Twitter feed.

Berkeley Police Department spokesperson Sgt. Andrew Frankel could not be reached for comment as of press time.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 

 

Jessíca Jiménez is an assistant news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and and follow her on Twitter at @jesscajimenez_dc.

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