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By Aldo Panzieri
This homeless woman not only has to face the hardships of not having shelter and regular food, but also has to suffer mental illness. She is child like, and has no defenses in an often harsh world. Local Pasadena police check up on her regularly. Two weeks ago, a young female Pasadena police officer stopped to check on her welfare, and discovered a leg injury. She called for help, and two other police officers arrived. They carried the homeless woman into the back of a police car,and took her and her few possessions to the local emergency room. I cannot tell you how much pleasure this enlightened policy gave me. I've photographed crime and it's toll on human beings for over half a century. When I started, the homeless were tossed into jail, or put in a police car and dropped in another city. Often a night stick was used to make the point that the homeless were not welcome. I'm glad to see the change for the better!

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8 Nov 2013 8:13AM
I see it all togather in another light . If she suffers from mental illness and can not take care of herself she should be in a sheltered home getting the proper medical and nutritional treatment and not wandering in the streets. WE ARE NOT APES ON DISPLAY.

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moiral 8 12 Scotland
8 Nov 2013 9:42AM
So sad and really choked me up Aldo, why? Because when we walk past these people in the street we can avoid looking at their face!
The police are really getting better at social care stuff, but in countries like ours this shouldn't exist. Still governments would call it something like 'protecting your human rights to an independant mind'! After the job I have done for years, that makes me so mad.
There you go - a very evocative shot. Moira
vickyf 12 8 8 United Kingdom
8 Nov 2013 8:07PM
An emotive image and excellent write up.

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