A viral image of the wheelchairs being destroyed by police in Boston, Massachusetts, made its way across social media Wednesday, Aug. 7, generating outrage.  

Accordingly, a homeless man named Jarro, who was hit by a car last month, had just had his wheelchair taken and crushed after he left it “for a minute” in spite of pleas from his partner to police.

“It was heartbreaking to speak with Jarrod, who lost not only his wheelchair but everything he owns that he keeps in his backpack,” said homeless advocate Cassie Hurd. 

“He is not able to be mobile without it, and not having a home, nowhere to sit, nowhere to go, and was having pain. He couldn’t really balance or walk,” Hurd said.

The destruction of the wheelchairs belonging to “Operation Clean Sweep,” which began Aug. 2 after a county corrections officer was allegedly struck during a fight involving a number of people on “Methadone Mile,” a stretch of the city near Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard where there are a number of clinics and treatment centers. The area has a high homeless population, many of whom have been the target of the operation in the five days and counting it has continued, according to Common Dreams

The destruction of the wheelchairs is only the latest incident involving the trashing of the possessions of homeless people in the operation.

After the photo was uploaded, people on social media shared their outrages, considering the police’s act was inhuman and cruel.

“The questions at the heart of #OperationCleanSweep are whether there’s dignity in being human (I believe there is) and whether the government should honor that intrinsic dignity (I believe it should),” tweeted Howard. “[Boston Mayor Marty Walsh] has chosen to treat the homeless as subhuman trash. What do you think?”

Court Watch Massachusetts appealed to the better nature of Bostonians. 

“Can we all agree that it is inhumane and cruel and a waste of resources to crush the wheelchairs of people who are living on the street after a car accident in a full-body cast?” the group tweeted.

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