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3 Charged With Dealing Crack; Occupy Boston ‘Deteriorating’

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Tents set up in Dewey Square for Occupy Boston.

Tents set up in Dewey Square for Occupy Boston.

BOSTON (CBS) – Three people arrested Thursday night inside the Occupy Boston camp have been charged with dealing crack cocaine.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens, who spent the night at the camp a few weeks ago, talked to a man who spends most nights at Occupy Boston. He said things have gone downhill.

“Things have changed drastically. It seems to be deteriorating,” the man told Carl. “A lot of drug use, alcohol use, people getting into fights… It’s deteriorating pretty quick.”

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

There’s a growing concern among police that people getting out of prison are coming here for the free food and shelter.

Mayor Menino’s sentiment reflects that concern.

“They have a message that’s not a clear message. The problem we have today is that we have different groups infiltrating the people who have the message. We have anarchists who are part of the group. We have homeless individuals who are part of the group,” Menino told WBZ NewsRadio 1030.

Carl Stevens’ report on conditions the homeless are dealing with at Occupy Boston

Mayor Menino says the people in Dewey Square need to think about leaving.

“I just wish that the group that’s demonstrating, not just here in Boston but nationally, will look to where the problems really are,” he said. “The problems are down in Washington. And nobody’s even addressing those issues of what Washington has done to our economy, to job training, to housing, to education. They’re directing their anger at the wrong location.”

In the meantime, police say they are aware of the situation at Occupy Boston and they are monitoring it.

Carl Stevens’ extended report on politics and frustration within Occupy Boston

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