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On the Beat: Protecting the Homeless

Wednesday, November 26, 2003 at 1:04 PM

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Over the summer, a heinous crime perpetrated by four young men from Youngstown illuminated the plight of homeless people to protect themselves on the streets. The teens attacked men sleeping on Public Square with stun guns, videotaping their assault. In August, the Cleveland Police Department assigned an officer to work as a liaison to downtown Cleveland's homeless population, but the officer's new beat might be quashed because of budget cuts. ideastream's Janet Babin followed the officer during one of his first days on the beat.

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