Craig's Place Homeless Shelter at First Baptist Church opened November 1st
Maybe it was the nice weather combined with the recent reopening of the Homeless Shelter but in the span of just a couple hours APD responded to three separate calls relating to our less fortunate denizens who call "the streets of Amherst" home.
Police had to respond to Town Manager Paul Bockelman's office because one irate homeless man was angrily confronting Mr. Bockelman about a perceived injustice in his treatment by either APD or District Court.
But police did not have to go far to find him because as they headed to Town Hall he left and headed to the police station to yell at them.
Kind of funny in one respect I suppose. But the real problem with these types of antics is it diverts police from potentially mores serious activities.
About a minute before the Town Manager called, Dispatch sent two units to an apartment complex in East Amherst for a possible domestic abuse in progress.
Since these calls can be very serious (a leading cause of death for police officers) you always send in more than one unit. But since no other units were available one of them had to break off and divert back to Town Hall to assist the Town Manager.
Homeless man angrily walks away from APD
Fortunately the domestic situation was nothing serious and after blowing off steam yelling at the Town Manager and police the homeless man stomped off towards town center.
A few minutes later police responded back to town center because another group of homeless individuals loitering in front of businesses were hassling a UPS delivery man and other store patrons. Officers quickly "moved them along."
Police moved along a gaggle of homeless folks from in front of downtown businesses
And over the course of the day Dispatch fielded a few calls for "Football Phil" walking in and out of traffic holding his nasty anti-Hillary sign. You may remember Phil as he also did the same last spring holding a nasty anti-Bernie sign.
Football Phil with a political sign instead of his football in front of AFD Central Station
Like an Internet troll, Phil loves to rile people up. He also came close to being arrested for aggressively confronting Amherst Regional High School students who walked out of school in protest on Monday and marched to the downtown, which is of course his personal playground.
Saturday 2:00 PM. The entire APD shift called to town center after woman calls 911 saying Phil punched a woman. My guess is she got physical with him first. Which is of course exactly what he wants.