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Police cracking down on Browne's Addition homeless population

SPOKANE, Wash. - In the past month, police say violence among transients is escalating in Coeur d'Alene Park, forcing police to crack down on the growing homeless population in Browne's Addition.

Police say for now the violence is isolated but with so many people and young families using the park they don't want to take any chances.

The reason police said that more homeless people are calling Coeur d'Alene Park home right now is the nice weather.

Marc Altinawi has slept in the park for the past two months. He says he witnessed a brutal fight between two homeless men a month ago. Around that same time police arrested a man for second degree assault.

Browne's Addition homeless crackdown

Altinawi said he now sleeps with a knife.

"We're really trying to get the parks back and make it a clean and healthy place for everyone to enjoy," Spokane police spokesperson Jennifer DeRuwe said.

Neighbors have mixed emotions about homeless sleeping in the park. Some say they're a nuisance others say they are respectful and cordial.

Police say they're encouraging transients to take advantage of resources, such as Catholic Charities, to get themselves back on their feet.