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Police favor education over ticketing in city panhandling ban

August 23, 2019


NEXT AT TEN… AFTER LOTS OF BACK AND FORTH A CONTROVERSIAL PANHANDLING ORDINANCE IS GOING INTO EFFECT IN MADISON SOON. — ERIC — IT BANS PANHANDLING AT MANY BUSY INTERSECTIONS. –ANIMATION– KEELY ARTHUR LOOKED INTO THE ORDINANCE AND SHARES WHAT TO EXPECT. TAKE DOUBLE BOX SHE JOINS US NOW IN THE STUDIO WITH AN EXCLUSIVE LOOK… KEELY? MCCORNER — KEELY — SOME CITY LEADERS SAY THIS LAW IS ALL ABOUT SAFETY… AS THE ORDINANCE PROHIBITS PEOPLE FROM STANDING IN THE MIDDLE OF BUSY ROADS OR WALKING TOWARD RUNNING VEHICLES. BUT PANHANDLERS IN THE CITY SAY IT’S AN ATTACK ON THEIR LIVELIHOOD. PKG P- SAM-DA-LIN NAT- DRIVING… (0073, TAPE) 1 VO/MINI-DISC IF YOU DRIVE NEAR HIGHWAY 51 AND 30… NAT- DRIVING… CHANCES ARE YOU’LL SPOT TIM SAMDLIN. NAT- VIDEO OF HIM JUST SITTING THERE… 2 VO/MINI-DISC MOST DAY… THE 24-YEAR-OLD… SPENDS ABOUT 8 HOURS AT THIS INTERSECTION COLLECTING MONEY… NAT- THANK YOU… VIDEO… 0080_01 ON OTHER MADISON STREETS YOU CAN FIND HIS MOTHER, BROTHER AND GIRLFRIEND DOING THE SAME. 1 SOT 16:53 THIS IS WHAT WE DO TO GET INTO MOTELS, TO GET SHOWERED, TO KEEP OUR PHONE ACTIVE SO WE CAN LOOK FOR WORK :57 3 VO/MINI-DISC IT’S A WAY OF LIFE THAT IS IN JEOPARDY… STARTING APRIL 10-TH PANHANDLING ON ABOUT 100 MADISON STREETS WILL BE BANNED. 2 SOT 17:18 I’M LITERALLY GOING TO BE SLEEPING UNDER A BRIDGE AGAIN :22 4 VO/MINI-DISC PROPENTS SAY PANHANDLING IS UNSAFE AND DISTRACTSDRIVERS. ANYONE WHO VIOLATES THE LAW COULD GET SLAPPED WITH A CITATION TOTALLING 92-DOLLARS-AND 50 CENTS. THE MADISON POLICE DEPT ARE TURNING TO EDUCATION FIRST. 3 SOT ” 33:15 I DON’T THINK THAT WE WANT FOR A MINUTE TO THINK THAT WE ARE GOING TO SOLVE A PROBLEM BY TICKETING YOUR WAY OUT, SO WE ARE HOPOING THAT WITH THE PUBLIC EDUCATION, WITH THE VERBAL WARNINGS, AND ON THE PAMPHELTS THAT WE ARE PROVIDING WE ARE ALSO GOING TO LIST A LOT OF PLACES, WHERE IF YOU ARE HOMELESS, WHERE YOU CAN GO TO SEEK RESOURCES :31″ NAT- OF PANHANDLING… 5 VO/MINI-DISC AS A DOG OWNER SAMDLIN SAYS HOMELESS SHELTERS AREN’T REALLY AN OPTION…BUT HE IS ACTIVELY SEARCHING FOR A JOB… HOPING SOMETHING PANS OUT. 4 SOT 20:56 UNTIL THEN… IF THIS CITY ORDINANCE COMES THROUGH, I DON’T KNOW WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO 21:00 — KEELY — MCCORNER AGAIN THE BAN STARTS APRIL 10TH… AND YOU’LL WANT TO LISTEN UP FOR THIS… UNDER THE LAW DRIVERS WHO STOP FOR PANHANDLERS COULD ALSO BE FINED. TAKE DOUBLE BOX 2 SHOT — ERIC — THANKS KEELY…

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