Just recently, employees associated with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) in Modesto, California were reportedly tasked with clearing a local homeless encampment, which seems to be something that many would agree is a consequence of the democratic policies in the state.
Disturbingly, though, while purportedly clearing the encampment, one of the workers inadvertently killed a homeless woman who was asleep inside one of the cardboard boxes. Basically, some people might say the leftist policies that created a homeless problem lead to the woman’s killing.
Unsurprisingly, in addition to being absolutely horrific, the woman’s death, has also sparked a massive amount of outrage due to the fact that it could have been avoided.
According to reports, the incident, which happened at the start of this month, occurred when Caltrans workers operating heavy machinery started clearing debris from a homeless encampment near Highway 99.
Unbeknownst to them, however, a 33-year-old woman who has since been identified as Shannon Marie Bigley had purportedly been sleeping in a cardboard box along the highway and apparently didn’t hear the workers clearing out the camp.
As a consequence, one of the front loaders that were being used in the clearing reportedly crushed Bigley to death while she slept in the box.
Following the incident, a homeless man who was supposedly nearby when Bigley was killed told reporters that her death left him shocked because the workers typically do a walkthrough before going in to clear everything else out.
“Usually you’ve got 10 people on foot. A tractor, a couple trucks,” explained the transient.
When asked about the aftermath, he added, “[there was a] parking lot-sized mess on the ground, on the grass. She was smashed, man.”
Unfortunately, when questioned by reporters about the incident, Chantel Vernon, who is a Caltrans public affairs representative, refused to provide reporters with any additional information about how such a terrible thing could happen to another person.
“The details of that situation are still under investigation by Fresno CHP and we’re not providing interviews right now,” she explained.
Caltrans did, however, release a statement expressing their sorrow about what happened. Specifically, they said, “our sympathies go out to the family of the woman who was found earlier this month during an encampment cleanup along State Route 99 in Modesto. The incident is currently being investigated jointly by the CHP Fresno area office and the Modesto Police Department.”
To make matters worse, the union representing Caltrans workers has actively been warning about health and safety concerns related to the work that they do. In fact, they’ve purportedly filed a formal complaint a few months ago and have since filed another one in response to this matter.
“As we have said before, Caltrans is putting our members and the public at risk by requiring them to perform these homeless encampment cleanup duties,” asserted Steve Crouch, a director of public employees for a local union chapter.
“If you look at their job classification, nowhere is it mentioned that they clean up homeless encampments,” added the union director, who was understandably outraged about the incident.
Specifically, investigators with NBC recently conducted a survey on roughly 153 downtown blocks of the city. While doing so, they, quite shockingly, not only found giant mounds of trash and food littered along the streets but also approximately 100 discarded needles and more than 300 piles of human feces.
After viewing the results of the survey, at least one expert suggested the conditions regarding health and contamination of the downtown blocks of the city may be worse than poverty-stricken slums in India, Kenya, and Brazil. This basically means that the leftist leaders essentially turned the city, at least in part, into a third-world country. It wasn’t like that 20-30-or even 40 years ago.
Sadly, in addition to homelessness, many would agree that the San Francisco is also suffering from an illegal immigration problem.
Several weeks ago, for example, local law enforcement officials placed Orlando Vilchez Lazo, a 36-year-old illegal alien from Peru, under arrest for allegedly sexually assaulting at least four women over the course of about five years while reportedly pretending to be a ride-sharing driver.
Thankfully, shortly after his arrest, officials at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency promptly “lodged a detainer” against Lazo, who was otherwise known as “the Rideshare Rapist,” with the San Francisco County Jail.
After lodging the detainer, the ICE officials then released a statement letting the public know that they did not expect their request to be respected.
“ICE maintains that cooperation by local law enforcement is an indispensable component of promoting public safety,” reasoned the group in the statement.
“The San Francisco jail does not honor ICE detainers nor notify ICE about the impending release of aliens in its custody,” they continued, adding, “in doing so, the jail not only provides a refuge for illegal aliens, but it also shields criminal aliens who prey on people in the community.”
Apparently, by commenting about the city’s past failures, they were essentially criticizing the ordinances in the city that prohibit employees from helping ICE agents and limit notice to ICE about the release of a potentially dangerous illegal alien.