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Indiana police arrest homeless who resisted removal order

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Monday, August 26, 2013 - 12:20 pm

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis police have arrested some homeless people who refused to vacate a makeshift camp near the city's downtown area.

The Indianapolis Star reports police began making arrests Monday at the site beneath a railroad bridge two hours after a 9 a.m. deadline for the camp to be vacated.

Among those arrested was Maurice Young, the camp's self-appointed caretaker. He says the camp's residents will now be forced "back to the alleys, back to the park benches, back to the abandoned houses" where they lived previously.

The city plans to put up fences later this week to prevent anyone from returning to the camp.

City officials say CSX needs to inspect the railroad overpass and that couldn't happen when the homeless people were camping under the bridge.