LA city councilman says ‘kids are afraid to walk to school’ due to needles, human waste, psychotic behavior

LA city councilman says ‘kids are afraid to walk to school’ due to needles, human waste, psychotic behavior

A Los Angeles city council member told Dr. Phil on Friday that kids have to “step over needles, human waste,” and deal with people exhibiting “psychotic behavior” on their way to school due to the homeless crisis in California.

Dr. Phil explained how a recent piece in local legislation has caused outrage among activists.

“At a recent Los Angeles city council meeting, members voted to prohibit homeless people from setting up tents within 500 feet of schools and daycare centers,” Dr. Phil summarized. “Protesters at one point shut down the meeting, angered by new restrictions that will expand the number of locations where sleeping and camping are prohibited.”

L.A. Joe Buscaino, a Democrat City Councilman, defended his vote.

Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino of L.A.’s 15th district talks about the crisis of homeless camps in California.

Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino of L.A.’s 15th district talks about the crisis of homeless camps in California.

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“No child in America should be afraid to walk to school, and what we have found in Los Angeles [is] kids are afraid to walk to school,” he warned. They tell their parents that they must cross over needles and human waste to deal with psychotic individuals right next to their playground. “

Buscaino went the extra mile to emphasize that this is not about bigotry towards homeless people but rather about protecting vulnerable public spaces in society.

“I’m repeating that it’s not illegal to be homeless. However, these are sensitive spaces that we must protect, the most sensitive among us. Playgrounds, beaches, libraries, parks – and have some accountability for those who are in these spaces,” he said.

Dr. Phil also spoke with Franky Bernstein, TikTok’s star who has made numerous videos about his experiences with homeless crime in Venice.

In this file photo, tents housing homeless line a street in downtown Los Angeles.The Los Angeles City Council has voted to ban homeless encampments within 500 feet of schools and daycare centers. The council voted Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, to broaden an existing ban on sleeping or camping near the facilities. 

In this file photo, tents housing homeless line a street in downtown Los Angeles.The Los Angeles City Council has voted to ban homeless encampments within 500 feet of schools and daycare centers. The council voted Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, to broaden an existing ban on sleeping or camping near the facilities.
(AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

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Bernstein’s TikTok videos ranged from him describing an encounter with a “homeless guy with a shotgun,” noting that “it took the cops 30 minutes to show up, which is insane,” to his confrontation with a “homeless man with a club” trying to break into his neighbor’s house, after which the homeless man allegedly attempted to break into another home “three doors down.”

Dr. Dr. Phil praised Bernstein for recording the problem and taking part in solving it.

Bernstein stated, “I have dealt with my fair share of addictions and mental health problems, just as I’m sure everyone in this room or a family member has, so I completely get it. Bernstein stated that the homeless crisis is more about American citizens than money. “

Workers with Los Angeles County Beaches and Harbors City keep an eye out homeless pack up their encampments on the beach in Venice on July 30, 2021. 

Workers with Los Angeles County Beaches and Harbors City keep an eye out homeless pack up their encampments on the beach in Venice on July 30, 2021.
(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

He added, “We could have all the money in the world to solve this problem, but if we don’t have enough people showing up to volunteer, it’s not really going to work. “

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Elsewhere in the episode, Dr. Phil dropped some alarming stats about homelessness in California, such as the claim that the state has “more than half of all unsheltered homeless people in the United States, and the highest number of homeless encampments.” He also warned that the problem was not going away and it seems to be growing. “

Alexander Hall works as an associate editor at Fox News Digital. Story tips can be sent to Alexander.hall@fox.com.

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