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Cooper Court: Boise Police clean out campers

Posted at 10:39 PM, Dec 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-05 00:39:36-05

Boise Police went through Cooper Court on December 4th to check on residents and inform them that it was time to leave.

"I’m with the negotiator team for the Boise Police Department and we'll be talking to them and we'll talk to them as long as it takes to get them to a shelter and find some help for them." Boise Police Department Sgt. John Terry explained.

Operation leaders made it clear that there would be no homeless campers by the end of the night and those who refused could be arrested.

Although no arrests were made throughout the day amid protesters, police were busy tagging property. The owners will have a couple days to remove the items before BPD puts them into long-term storage.

"We’ll give them a receipt for this and they'll be allowed to come back today, tomorrow, the next day. We’ll give them some time to come back and pick up their property," Sgt. Terry said.

Concerned citizens fought back by piling trash at street entrances and protesters lined the streets chanting to showcase their displeasure by the city cracking down.

By mid-afternoon, most of the campers had left the area and Boise Police continued to maintain a large presence in the street surrounding the camp.