Police Department is ruthless when it comes to the poor and uninsured - they routinely harass the homeless, but they often don't arrest them. The reason is because some of the homeless are sick and uninsured. They also have no money....
In Phoenix they charge people money to go to jail. Some alledged it is a form of extortion. Others say it is abuse!
In one incident Phoenix police rolled up on "pops" a homeless uninsured man and began the routine of harassing him. It quickly turned into an argument, and I suspected they may beat this 57 year old man with batons. Remarkably they left him alone and drove off. I asked "pops" about that and he said: "The $*&$* cops threatened to arrest him". He said "ahead make my day, you mother*$^%*&%, I need back surgery and I need dental care." That was enough to send the cops running.
Joe, doesn't like it when the cops arrest people and take them to the Maricopa County jail who have no money (vagrants, hobos, tramps) and are sick. The reason is because the county get's stuck with the bill. In some cases it amounts to thousands of dollars in "uncompensated" care. So their new unofficial policy on the street is to arrest only those people with money or a job - so they can pay for their jail stay, fees, probation costs, pink underwear and green bologna sandwiches.
The homeless have figured this out and the sick ones are now indicating "they want to get arrested for the free healthcare, food and a place to stay." In a disturbing new trend we are seeing.
I talked with Chino - a former gang member with MS-13 who said "what do they want us to do, when we don't have insurance or access to healthcare anywhere but the emergency room. People are desperate for healthcare..."
The other day I heard of a man who robbed a bank for $1.00 and waited for police to arrest him so he could get access to healthcare. So it is happening everywhere.
With an estimated 50 million people uninsured and insurance companies dropping people left and right - people will do what they have to do to get care, including committing crimes.
"Jail is better than the streets of Phoenix", says Pops who said "I'm not playing any more cat and mouse games with the police - arrest me God damn it", he said. Phoenix hit 113 degrees today. The hottest day of the year.
Signs of the times.