As first reported by TLS Community, a man was hospitalized after setting himself on fire in Lakewood.
The Lakewood Police Department responded to the New Jersey Transit Bus terminal, located at 200 First Street, just after 11pm last night in reference to a 911 call.
The caller, a 43-year-old homeless man, stated that he was feeling suicidal and had set his sweatshirt on fire. As a result he suffered minor burns to his stomach and chest.
Emergency responders transported the man to a local hospital for treatment of his burns and psychological screening for his mental health.
We need to create a commission to study what does and doesn’t work with different cities programs for dealing with homeless people.
Because what LA, NYC, Atlanta are doing doesn’t work and should not be emulated, yet we still need to do something.
You mentioned LA.
The reason why the plan is not working in California is very simple.
In California it is 100% legal to shoplift up to $900 worth of merchandise or medicine from a pharmacy.
At night when someone goes to sleep, all the merchandise that he stole, he places it next to his bed. Once the guy is fast asleep, another person steals all that stolen merchandise and runs away and looks for a new place where to sleep. Basically everyone is on the run 24/7 with all kinds of stuff all over California.
The wise decision to legalize shoplifting, backfired big time and also many pharmacies declared bankruptcy.
If you live in California and you need medicine, do not be surprised if your local pharmacy shut it’s doors for ever.
Homelessness has very little to do with a lack of houses and a lot to do with mental illness and drug use.
this is why it is crucial we open a shelter in Lakewood, we are now a city of over 100,000 people.
You can’t force people into a shelter & many prefer to live on the streets
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