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Mon Jan 7, 2019, 04:47 PM

an Italian deputy mayor trashed a homeless man's blankets, and citizens are outraged

CNN)A right-wing deputy mayor in Italy's northeastern city of Trieste has sparked an angry backlash after boasting online that he threw a homeless man's clothes and blankets into the trash.

Paolo Polidori, a member of Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's League party, wrote in a January 4 Facebook post -- that has since been deleted -- that he collected a "mass of rags" from the city's central Via Carducci and threw them "with satisfaction" into a dumpster.
"Now the place is decent! Will it last? We'll see. The signal is: zero tolerance!!," he continued.

While Polidori has since defended his actions, they prompted Trieste residents to leave warm clothing and bedding in the same spot, along with a sign reading: "Dear friend, we hope that tonight you will suffer less from the cold. We apologize on behalf of the city of Trieste."



A cold snap is currently hitting the city and much of Italy with snowstorms, Arctic air and temperatures below freezing.

According to local newspaper Il Piccolo, the rough sleeper in question is a 57-year-old Romanian named Mesej Mihaj who arrived in the city last October.

Il Piccolo's Diego D'Amelio, who first tweeted a photo of the sign, told CNN the gesture was made by local people "with a social conscience ... who were outraged by Polidori's act."

"As a reporter, I'm supposed to be neutral but this isn't like anything I've seen," he said. "It shows an insane barbarism and general insensitivity. It's incredible and disturbing."

Polidori later told Dire news agency that he didn't know whom the clothes belonged to:
"I don't know who those things belong to, they were rags, I hope they were not contaminated because I took them bare-handed. Then washed my hands ... I said to myself 'I'll do it immediately' because I don't want to see that dirt in the middle of the city."

https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/07/europe/homeless-man-blankets-trieste-italy-scli-intl/index.html

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Mon Jan 7, 2019, 04:57 PM

1. Must have learned that from the Denver Police Department

Back in December 2016...very cold night when this happened.

https://aclu-co.org/aclu-denver-police-stop-taking-blankets-homeless-people/

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Mon Jan 7, 2019, 05:18 PM

2. One of Michael Hancock's enduring shames

His heavy handed response toward the homeless in Denver is something to behold.

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