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Man charged with beating homeless man near a Back Bay turnpike ramp last year

A Suffolk County grand jury has indicted Jacques Merveille, 32, on charges he beat a homeless man with a rock at an encampment near a Copley Square ramp on the Massachusetts Turnpike on the afternoon of April 27, 2017, leaving him needing emergency surgery, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

The victim was able to escape the location of the attack and walk in the direction of Copley Square, where he was observed by a security guard who summoned police and medical assistance. Merveille was identified through surveillance camera footage and statements from witnesses and the victim, who - after extensive rehabilitation and recovery - was able to positively identify Merveille as his attacker, prosecutors said.

Officials did not have to search for Merveille following the indictment - he's already behind bars on an unrelated charge, the DA's office reports.



I just returned from San Francisco and homeless camps encompass whole city blocks. The BART Transit system has hired outreach workers for the homeless and those teams along with BART police ride trains assisting the homeless. Compare that with the MBTA who treats the homeless as invisible and ignores them except at South Station where the police toss them out into the streets and at North station where security guards beat them up. Meanwhile the city of Boston and Quincy are engaging in a political duel because the city of Quincy doesn't want the Long Island bridge rebuilt because hundreds of homeless citizens will be able to seek refuge at the Long Island shelter.

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I'm not going to comment on whether you've captured Boston's actions accurately. Just be aware that SF's benevolent attitude towards the homeless is part of the reason WHY there are so many people living on the streets there. The city treats them well, thus enabling them to camp wherever they want and use public services provided by the taxpayer. Is it actually humane to enable people to live on the streets?

If Boston does the same, there may well just be more people attracted to live on the streets there. Having lived on both coasts, if I had to choose an approach I'd say Boston's is way more sensible.

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The homeless situation there is really, really bad. The psych patients and druggies are everywhere. It has nothing to brag about. It's very bad because of their more extreme progressive policies and hypocritical zoning regulations. S.F. is an extreme example almost total socioeconomic stratification. Progressive policies going back to the 60s and 70s (half century of non-stop progressive politics) has made the situation, they claim they want to fix, even worse.

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