Portland OR ‘homeless youth’ are high and violent

“…On December 3, a long-simmering dispute between food cart operators and homeless youths boiled over, resulting in a brawl that ended in six arrests. Brass knuckles, knives and a baton were allegedly used in the fight … With the highest per capita rate of youth homelessness in the United States, an estimated 2,500 Portland youth live on the streets, in shelters or squats. According to studies, over 90 percent of Portland's street kids are victims of sexual and physical abuse. The easy availability of methamphetamine and some of the cheapest heroin in North America fuels a high rate of drug addiction. Infection rates of incurable diseases like Hepatitis C and HIV are high…Following the early December fight, The Oregonian reported that food cart operator Amir Amani said homeless youths threatened to kill him after seeing him speaking with law enforcement, proclaiming he would face “street justice.” It later noted that his food cart, the Persian Plate, has not been open since. “It's the nature of sharing the sidewalk,” said Incles of the problems with homeless youth. “Hopefully this doesn't escalate further.”….”

So, the nature of sharing a sidewalk is that death threats are expected? I think I see a problem.

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