After speaking with the men, several sources at the Basilica and APD, it appears Chiaramonte did not have explicit permission from church staff to be on the property. The church does not generally call the police unless there is a complaint to them or a threat to the property. As property manager Bud Hansbury says "This is a church, there are always some interesting people around. That is part of our mission, and what makes life interesting." The church did not call police on Chiaramonte's group and was not aware of the situation. Like many establishments in urban areas, they do have an agreement with APD about trespassing, and the property is posted.
An APD spokesman says there is no change in the city's enforcement of quality of life laws downtown. According to Lt. Wally Welch, "The weather is nice, the bicycle, foot, and Segway patrols are more active, there is bound to be more activity with these types of incidents."
So, draconian crackdown? Or just a normal run of events? Let us hear from you.
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