Of Campers and Cops: A Walk in the Palco Marsh With Chief Mills
Bobby unexpectedly juggled bike, camera, and questions to bring you this intimate look at the camps and the man in charge of removing the people staying there.
In the first clip, Chief Mills checks in on a camper. He asks “Manny” where he’ll be going. The man replies that he might have an apartment and if not there, he’s going to Miss Betty’s [Betty Chin, the well-known homeless advocate.]
Chief Mills talks about the money involved to make this operation. “This is an expensive deal,” he says.
As Mills walks through the area, he asks another man if he has somewhere to go when the camp is broken up. The man responds somewhat bitterly that he is moving back home with Mom and Dad.
Mills talks about the people who live in the camps. “This is a community,” he acknowledged. But he argues, the community has serious problems like “the high level of violence against one another.”
In the above clip, Mills tells a camper that he knows he had a meth pipe and then adds, “I wouldn’t be here tomorrow if I were you.”
Today, the campers and the cops meet. Will there be a clash or will the months of preparation pay off with a smooth transition for those being moved and those doing the moving?