The article doesn't quote anyone at the ground level beyond the police, nor does it mention anything about the two-million people in our prison system, most of whom are non-violent drug offenders. Doesn't say a thing about reform or the fact that a multi-billion dollar drug war has been failing for well over two decades now.
Maybe if we keep arresting people and treating homeless people like trash - the drugs will go away.
For it's worth, the police have been very up front and kept in great communication with organizations in downtown about the sweeps. While it may not seem like it, we aren't taking a shot at the police, just bad policy and bad PR!