178 Arrests?

By Jimsey

Frankly, I’m not sure what to make of this article. First a few highlights for those who don’t like to read:

1) Clarence Ervin is a known panhandler on the Lake Street Elevated portion of the Green Line

2) This man has been arrested 178 Times (not all for panhandling).

3) Charges have been dropped around 130 Times

4) He’s been charged about 25% of time (often without him present)

5) Some Riders are scared of him, some are not

6) He averages about $55 a day panhandling.

Like I said, I’m not sure where to begin. Do we blame him? Do we blame the police and court system? Do we blame Veteran’s Affairs? Should I get into panhandling? Do we blame those who keep giving him money? Do we blame the CTA?

Any thoughts?


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3 responses to “178 Arrests?”

  1. Ben says :

    Sounds like there is enough blame to spread around. I think the least to blame in this instance (in terms of those in a position to do something) are actually the police.

    It would appear, from what little actual reporting the paper did, that there is a shift in focus to try and move away from simply charging and locking away towards treatment – but all the dots haven’t been connected.

    Arguably Veteran Affairs is most at fault, assuming he did serve and his psychological problems were a result of that.

    I blame you, mostly.

  2. Lachlan says :

    Giving money to panhandlers is a bad idea. Chances are you’re just feeding an addiction. If you feel badly for the homeless, then give your money to charities that take care of the homeless. Then the moeny goes where it is needed….not towards a bottle, or a quick fix.
    If you give money directly to panhandlers, you are Satan.

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