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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