Homeless man beaten by 2 women on Venice Beach as tent city is removed due to residents' anger about drug use & violence07/03/2021
TWO women in Venice Beach beat a homeless man after a tent city was removed due to residents' anger about drugs and violence.
The vicious beating was captured on video was posted online on Friday.
It appears to show the man sitting on the ground while his two attackers pull his hair and punch and kick him repeatedly.
People can be seen walking by on a nearby boardwalk in the video, but no one appears to stop to intervene in any way.
Concerns about the safety of the Los Angeles neighborhood have grown in recent months since tent encampments on the beach expanded.
As of the end of May, Venice had experienced a 132 percent increase in assaults in which a homeless person was a suspect, Fox News reported, citing LAPD sources.
There was also a 126 percent increase in assaults in which the victim was homeless.
Robberies in which a homeless person was the victim increased by a whopping 1,100 percent, and incidents where a homeless person was the suspect increased 160 percent.
Overall, felony arrests in Venice increased by 81 percent.
LA's City Council has been attempting to curb the problems associated with homelessness.
Earlier this year, the council voted to draft new rules to prevent homeless people from camping in certain public areas.
City Councilman Mike Bonin tweeted this week that initiatives meant to get people to shelters had moved dozens of people indoors.
"By building trust and offering solutions, staff with @StJosephCtr and @LAHomeless helped 74 people move indoors as of Thursday as part of our Venice Beach Encampments to Homes program," he tweeted on Friday.
"Keep up the great work!"
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