Grand Junction Police FIRED After Vandalizing Homeless Community

06/01/2010 11:56 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

UPDATE: The three Grand Junction police officers accused of vandalizing a homeless camp have been fired after an internal investigation confirmed they used pocket knives to slash homeless residents' tents and bicycle tires. Two other officers also received lighter discipline for failure to report the incident.

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Three police officers have been suspended from the Grand Junction police department after allegations of vandalizing a transient community surfaced in early May.

Jacob Richards, the co-founder of Housing First! No More Deaths!, first learned of the incident when transients told him a group of police officers blocked them from entering their campsite.

Once the individuals were granted access, they discovered eight tents had been cut open and bicycle tires slashed. The officers also cut rope that held clothes and supported structures.

The Grand Junction police have given the individuals 11 new tents to replace the damaged ones, a step Richards believes is a good first step toward resolution.

Officers involved in the incident face an ongoing criminal and internal investigation.

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