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New Seattle law highlights crimes against homeless

By Cydney Gillis, Real Change News

David Ballenger lived under a freeway overpass. For that reason alone, three young men kicked, beat and stabbed him to death near Green Lake in August 1999.

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer quoted one of the men saying there’s “one less bum on the face of the earth.”

The murder of Ballenger was one of more than 60 attacks on homeless people nationwide. By 2009, the annual number of attacks had nearly doubled, to 106, and there were more than twice as many murders, 27, according to a 2009 report from the National Coalition for the Homeless. Continue reading