Commissioner arrested during dismantling of Kalamazoo homeless camp

KALAMAZOO, Mich. - A Kalamazoo City Commissioner arrested during Wednesday morning's dismantling of a homeless camp spoke to FOX 17 on the Midday News.

Shannon Sykes was one of about ten people arrested as police cleared about 200 homeless people who had been camping in Bronson Park for days. The city has been meeting with the people and advocates and resolving the issue with camping in the park, which is not allowed. The city warned those in the encampment Tuesday that their removal was coming.

Sykes has been an outspoken advocate for the homeless.

We'll have more on later editions of FOX 17 News.

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5 comments

  • JERRY

    ITS A PUBLIC PARK NOT A PLACE FOR DRUNK DOPE USERS PLACE TO HANG OUT LIVE SHE DONT HAVE THE BRAINS TO BE A City Commissioner LET THE PEOPLE GET JOBS LIKE THE REST OF US

  • J

    She should be fired immediately, I will not pay taxes so she can side with able body people that refuse to get jobs when every place in Michigan is hiring. I had some sympathy till they said the free fire house wasn’t big enough or didn’t have enough shade for them I’m done lock them and her up and keep doing it till they figure out life you work and get a pay check just like the rest of us. We are not here to supply their habits sorry but I’m done being a handout time to earn your way or have no way end of story.

  • dan

    there is not enough affordable housing kalamazoo but we have plenty of homes that need repairs that the city refuse to repair or give to people that would keep them up they would rather let the slum landlord keep[ them the city commissioner standing with the homeless is the greatest city person this town has ever seen