Los Angeles Police Department Photographs a Homeless Man Sleeping on Santa Fe Street

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An unidentified homeless man and a sign reading “Rick Caruso, Mayor” are outside the door of the LAPD headquarters in downtown Los Angeles. The photograph appeared to be taken on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 4:30 p.m.

In this image (left), the street is relatively quiet as LAPD officers patrol the street in the LAPD headquarters building near Los Angeles City Hall. The photograph was taken around 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20, in Los Angeles.

A homeless man sleeps on the sidewalk on the northeast corner of Santa Fe and Main streets, as homeless people gather in tents and sleeping bags around the corner at Santa Fe and Main streets on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2007 in Los Angeles. The streets were completely shut down by police for a homeless encampment. There is no information as to when the street was closed to the public.

An unidentified homeless man sleeps on the sidewalk on the northeast corner of Santa Fe and Main streets, as homeless people gather in tents and sleeping bags around the corner at Santa Fe and Main streets on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2007 in Los Angeles. The streets were completely shut down by police for a homeless encampment. There is no information as to when the street was closed to the public.

A homeless man sleeps on the sidewalk on the northeast corner of Santa Fe and Main streets, as homeless people gather in tents and sleeping bags around the corner at Santa Fe and Main streets on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2007 in Los Angeles. The streets were completely shut down by police for a homeless encampment. There is no information as to when the street was closed to the public.

A homeless man sleeps on the sidewalk on the northeast corner of Santa Fe and Main streets, as homeless people gather in tents and sleeping bags around the corner at Santa Fe and Main streets

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