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City To Revise Safeguards After Homeless Person Scooped Up In Trash Truck

Police officers remove a tent left by the homeless during efforts to sanitize...

Credit: Associated Press

Above: Police officers remove a tent left by the homeless during efforts to sanitize neighborhoods to control the spread of hepatitis A, in San Diego., Sept. 25, 2017.

City To Make Changes After Homeless Person Was Nearly Killed During Cleanup


Jeff McDonald, reporter, The San Diego Union-Tribune


The city of San Diego said it will make changes following an incident in December where a homeless person was nearly killed after being scooped into a garbage truck during a cleanup of a homeless encampment on a city street.

The city said a supervisor or designee will now be at each cleanup, photos will be taken during the process, police officers will activate their body cameras while taking part in the process and training will be increased.

The incident that prompted this change was uncovered by The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Jeff McDonald, investigative reporter at The San Diego Union-Tribune, joined Midday Edition Wednesday to discuss what happened and the city's response.

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