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“Necessary Roughness” filming downtown following tent sweep

The City of Atlanta this morning cleared several tents from the Woodruff Park area in downtown Atlanta. A television show is filming in the area now. The two events are not connected, the Atlanta Police Department said.

In a statement, the department said that officers “conducted a successful operation this morning shortly after 6 a.m. to enforce an urban camping ordinance prohibiting tents on city sidewalks.”

Seven tents were removed.

“Officers assisted several individuals in seeking appropriate shelter in cooperation with United Way representatives who were also on hand. There were no arrests or incidents as a result of the action,” the statement read. “The action follows two days of warnings to sidewalk campers that they were in violation of an ordinance passed by the Atlanta City Council in March and approved by Mayor Kasim Reed.”

The ordinance, the statement explained, bans tents and the keeping of personal belongings on city sidewalks.

“Individuals were given the opportunity to collect their personal belongings and leave before the enforcement action,” the department said. “Officers, with assistance from members of the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District’s Ambassador Force, carefully dismantled remaining tents and stored property in keeping with the department’s policies for collecting abandoned property.”

One tent contained “what appeared to be human waste and was discarded after the owner was informed of its contents,” the department said.

“We enforced the urban camping law today after two days of warnings, and achieved our goal of removing the tents without incident,” Deputy Chief Renee Propes, commander of the Community Services Division for APD, who oversaw the operation, said in a statement. “We did so with respect for people, and their property. Most importantly, we were able to connect the individuals who requested assistance in seeking shelter with the appropriate social service agencies.”

A USA television show is filming in that area today. The show, “Necessary Roughness,” is about a therapist who helps football players with their problems. It’s filming in the nearby Hurt Plaza area.

Last year, Woodruff Park became the temporary home for “Occupy” protestors, although Occupy Atlanta spokesman Tim Franzen said the tent dwellers cleared from the park were not affiliated with his group.

The clearing of tents and television show filming are “not at all related,” said Atlanta Police Department spokesman Carlos Campos.

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/

10 comments Add your comment


April 11th, 2012
11:59 am

Oh no! I guess The “Occutards” will head back over to pine street. Hopefully the stench will be lifted from around “Troy Davis,” I mean Woodruff park


April 11th, 2012
1:15 pm



April 11th, 2012
1:31 pm


everyone knows it’s 1 ! or 3. I just got carried away. Sorry.


April 11th, 2012
1:34 pm



April 11th, 2012
2:32 pm

@gnomeboy – way to read the article “Occupy Atlanta spokesman Tim Franzen said the tent dwellers cleared from the park were not affiliated with his group.”


April 11th, 2012
2:37 pm

@ gnomeboy & Henry It’s really not funny to laugh at others misfortune. Atlanta has a very serious homeless problem, with very crowded shelters and many slated to close. I pray neither of you have to face those kinds of problems, but it def is not funny to have to live in a tent on the street.

Rhett Butler

April 11th, 2012
5:20 pm

Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.

Dee Rockin

April 12th, 2012
11:13 am

‘Occupy Atlanta’ does not have a spokesman (or woman.)
Mainstream media (and the people who rely on it) have trouble grasping that concept.


April 13th, 2012
4:54 pm

Occupy Atlanta does have a spokesman. His name is Barack Obama.


April 16th, 2012
12:14 pm

Occupy does not have an official spokesman per se, but how many times have you seen Tim grubbing for the camera?

Hey, sure, they’re not affiliated with the Occupy movement in the park. Sure. They’re all former occupiers who are commonly referred to by Occupiers as the Drunkupy. It’s accurate, but it’s also telling of Occupy in Atlanta’s real feelings of “the people they fight for”. They fight for an extremely limited number of people who have no leg to stand on with their foreclosures, sure. However, if you’re a homeless Occupier who they have exploited, made to work for free (yes, they make the homeless work for them for free, and if said homeless person does not comply with slave labor, they threaten the homeless chaps), or otherwise are not cool enough for their circle jerk, they will turn on you in a second.

Ask Alex, “Crazy psycho b**ch” who needed regular hospitalization, Smitty, or any other Drunkupy. Occupy used and abused them like crazy, but routinely disregarded their well being, future, or anything about them other than how they could be exploited.

Such is what it is to be Occupy Atlanta. Use and abuse people for personal profit, to get on the news yet again, and to lie about it. They accept everyone, remember? Well, that’s true, until you have outlived your usefulness to Tim’s Get On The News machine.

Screw em. I’d rather hang with the “stinky” guys than the self righteous assholes who care about nothing but how they’re going to stroke each other’s ego among other things.

DSC is at 7 like always, losers. Go murmur about the antiOccupier then.