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Harlem's Homeless Swept Up In K2 Crackdown

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Advocates for the homeless say things came to a head this month when police cracking down on the sales of synthetic marijuana, also known as K2, on 125th Street in East Harlem also swept up the homeless.

One man even said all his belongings were tossed out.

"Medications, IDs ... clothes ... everything I had in that little cart, my world belongings was there," he said. "And then they just took it and threw it away."

The grassroots organization Picture the Homeless is demanding a change in police policies and are asking for more compassionate treatment, 1010 WINS' Roger Stern reported.

"The gang of bullies now has decided to begin to harass and bully people who are indefensible," the Rev. Sam Cruz, of Trinity Lutheran Church in Brooklyn, said.

A lawyer for the group plans to meet with police to try to work out a solution.

"It's wrong that we harass citizens of this city because they can't raise enough money to get under a roof," one advocate said.

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