City workers also knocked on tents and talked to people to hand out 560 kits with hand sanitizer and information about COVID-19.
Zint’s “Poor Tour” around Berkeley thrust the plight of homeless people in city officials’ faces.
After a week-long federal trial, the jury said the city did not unfairly target First They Came for the Homeless because of its protests.
A four-day federal trial pits the city of Berkeley against a homeless group that argues its First Amendment rights were violated.
Judge William Alsup dismissed other claims that Berkeley violated homeless people’s rights when the city took their belongings.
A federal judge has ruled that Berkeley police officers used “minimal” force that was “reasonable” when they arrested several people who protested or resisted arrest during a homeless camp removal in 2016.
The First They Came for the Homeless campers who set up Saturday say the closure of an emergency shelter prompted the decision to pitch tents.
Notices of violation around the Old City Hall homeless camps order residents to clear out immediately.
A judge said “First They Came for the Homeless” has made plausible claims that Berkeley seized campers’ belongings and suppressed their political expression.
It would cost the city nearly $1.2 million to provide 268 shelter beds for people experiencing homelessness this winter, according to papers filed Tuesday in federal court.
By the time BART could have come to evict them Saturday morning, most of the campers had moved off the property on their own.
Council says it will consider the possibility of sanctioned encampments for homeless residents in Berkeley.