“I am going to have to go to court again to sue the City of Fort Lauderdale, the beautiful city”, Arnold Abbott, the 90-year-old man arrested on Sunday for feeding homeless people in Fort Lauderdale, said, explaining his plans to fight the city’s restrictions on feeding the homeless. He’s done it before, in 1999 and will do it again if he has to. Mr. Abbott explained his motivation:
These are the poorest of the poor, they have nothing, they don’t have a roof over their heads. Who could turn them away? I don’t do things to purposefully aggravate the situation. I’m trying to work with the city. Any human has the right to help his fellow man.
Mr. Abbott’s and two ministers were arrested for violating a new ordinance that virtually outlaws groups from sharing food with the hungry. The Fort Lauderdal mayor said he warned that arrests were coming, but Mr. Abbott says he’s planning on taking legal actions.
When he sued the city back in 1999 for banning him from feeding the homeless on the beach, Mr. Abbott won and is confident he will be successful this time around, too.
In the meantime, Mr. Abbott plans on continuing to feed the homeless. Though he doesn’t want to get arrested, he says he is prepared for the possibility.
Here is the footage of Mr. Abbott’s arrest:
And here is the report from Local 10 News TV, in which you can hear excerpts of Mr. Abbott’s interview:
And here is the report from Local 6 News TV:
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