In the early hours of December 21, 2018 over 75 Anaheim law enforcement, public works and contracted outreach workers descended on Maxwell Park in West Anaheim determined to sweep the some 200 homeless camped on the sidewalks along Broadway Avenue into shelters or “into jail,” as officers presented the ultimatum to the homeless there. Lawyers for the homeless attempted to intervene with some tense moments of stand off in the pre and post dawn hours. Even Federal Judge David Carter showed up at one point to direct the action and observe the results. It would be a day repeated over and over at other parks in Anaheim and elsewhere in the county in a renewed push by local law enforcement and the county to corral the growing homeless population into mass shelters. . . .or into the jail/courts systems of Orange County.
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John Underwood is an award-winning community television producer and lifetime professional journalist. His experience includes 13 years working for National Public Radio as a reporter in LA. He was employed locally for several years as a contributing reporter for OC Weekly and the Orange County Register. When John is not busy documenting the homeless persons' struggle throughout Orange County, he works as a Production Coordinator for Los Alamitos Community Television, where he produces a talk show named Backstory - an investigative program that tackles the contentious issues of the day. His current documentary series NO FIXED ABODE focuses on channeling the voices of the OC homeless.
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