THE SMOKING GUN IN A CASE OF HOMELESS HUMAN RIGHT’S VIOLATIONS

By Stephen Thompson LARGO – So far this year, Omar Manthey, a 33-year-old homeless man, has been in and out of the Pinellas County Jail seven times, more often than not because he was caught drinking a can of beer on the streets of St. Petersburg. One of his more recent arrests was on the morning of June 5. Before he was taken into custody, Manthey told a St. Petersburg police officer he had just been released from the jail for the same infraction, according to a police report. That might not happen the next time Manthey is found with beer in public. Beginning today, law enforcement agencies throughout Pinellas County will begin participating in a program designed to stop homeless people from repeatedly returning to the jail on minor charges. These are the so-called “chronics,” homeless people with substantial substance abuse or mental health issues who refuse to takeRead More