People rally against the city’s closing of Loomis Street homeless encampment

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Community members rallied outside of Rochester City Hall to bring attention to the plight of the homeless.

The protest was a response to what activists call a forced clearing of the Loomis Street encampment.

Organizers say they’re concerned about the forced removal by Rochester Police. They claim police threatened civilians who tried to help the homeless.

Advocates say they are hoping to see collaboration between the city and county governments to provide supportive services.

“We are here today to urge the city to work with community members, to work with the county to come up with solutions that puts everybody’s safety in mind,” said one speaker at the rally. “The inhumane treatment that we witnessed over the past few days on Loomis street is severely disheartening.”

On Tuesday, Mayor Malik Evans said the city is committed to cleaning up the area which has become a hub for drug use and sales.

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