A Very STINKY Situation: Missouri Residents Sue City Over Three-Year Ordeal

By Alan Hume | Friday, 01 March 2024 03:00 PM
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In a legal battle against the city of St. Louis, two Missouri residents, Richard Baumhoff and Steven McClanahan, have taken a stand against the persistent issue of a homeless encampment that has been plaguing their lives for the past three years.

The plaintiffs argue that the city, despite numerous pleas for intervention, has remained unresponsive, leaving them to endure the unpleasant odors and disruptive behavior emanating from the encampment.

The residents claim that their pleas for assistance have been met with indifference by the city's police force, who have allegedly stated that the matter is beyond their jurisdiction. The blame, according to the plaintiffs, lies squarely on the shoulders of Democratic Mayor Tishaura O. Jones.

In the legal petition filed by Baumhoff and McClanahan, it is alleged that Mayor Jones explicitly instructed the police not to intervene. The city, however, has demonstrated its capacity to dismantle homeless encampments under certain circumstances, as evidenced by its actions during Vice President Kamala Harris's visit to St. Louis in 2023.

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"For three years, two individuals have been residing in a makeshift tent outside their homes," W. Bevis Schock, the plaintiffs' attorney, informed Fox News Digital. "These individuals, who are noisy, odorous, and intimidating, have deprived my clients of the peaceful enjoyment of their property."

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The plaintiffs, who have been living in fear of the street squatters, referred to as "Doe and Roe" in court documents, have been subjected to aggressive behavior and verbal abuse. The unpredictable nature of Doe and Roe has forced the plaintiffs to abandon the use of their front porch and yard due to the offensive odors, including the smell of excrement, emanating from the tent.

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Schock further elaborated on the unsanitary conditions, stating that the encampment "smells like feces" as the individuals use the storm sewer as a toilet, creating a public health hazard. "It's revolting," he said. "These individuals are not maintaining personal hygiene. They have garbage in their tent. They see rats scurrying around. They discard their waste outside their makeshift tent, attracting vermin."

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Despite their compassion, Schock's clients have reached their limit. The constant yelling from the encampment has created an uncomfortable environment for the plaintiffs, who are unable to use their front entrance, park in front of their home, or maintain their lawn due to the presence of the homeless encampment. The lawsuit also highlights concerns for the safety of their guests.

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Schock pointed out the city's selective enforcement of its power to remove homeless encampments, citing the instance when Vice President Kamala Harris visited St. Louis. "When the Vice President visited, the city cleared out all the homeless individuals living in tents on City Hall grounds. They have the ability to remove them; they just need the will to do so," he said.

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Schock criticized the city's administration, accusing them of siding with the homeless due to their "woke" leftist views. "They believe that the problems of the homeless are caused by affluent, white men. They disregard the interests of the taxpayers, who are the backbone of America, living their lives quietly and going about their business," he said.

The lawsuit was filed on February 16. Mayor Jones' office, when contacted for a comment, did not respond immediately.

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