7 activists arrested in Tampa for feeding the homeless without a permit

Activists gathered in a park in Tampa to feed the homeless.  But their volunteer act of kindness was cut short by police, who arrested several of them for distributing food without a permit. Clay County Dispatch: Police spokesman Steve Hegarty says some 30 to 40 people with signs that read "Food not Bombs" gathered in Gaslight Park Saturday afternoon to distribute food. He says officers explained that city ordinances prohibit food distribution without proper permitting. The officers offered alternatives to distribute food in another location but they continued setting up tables. Hegarty says they were told they'd be arrested if they continued distributing food. Seven people refused to stop and were arrested. They were given notices to appear in court on misdemeanor charges. Hegarty says officers told the group last week they'd need a permit but they chose to violate a city ordinance. The authorities have a point.  Unless one is...(Read Full Post)