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Friday, October 13, 2017

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Homeless Man Reunited With Mother After 10-Year Separation NR17304ti

San Pedro: Michael Walker has been homeless in San Pedro for over 2 years. He suffers from mental illness and drug addiction. Michael lived in an endless cycle of drug abuse, which fueled his life of crime. After years of criminal activity, several city departments came together and found a resolution to help end the cycle of recidivism for Michael.

The Los Angeles Police Department-Harbor Area worked in conjunction with the Los Angeles City Attorney's office to contact Michael's mother in Chicago, Illinois. Michael's mother yearned to see her son. Michael also desired to see his mother too as they had not seen each other for ten years due to Michael's state of addiction and homelessness.

The Office of Los Angeles City Council District 15, Councilmember Joe Buscaino and Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority raised funds to reunite the two. Michael and his mother reunited at LAX airport on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. They subsequently flew back to Chicago together.

Harbor Division has established a heart-felt bond with this family and endeavors to maintain a relationship with them.

If anyone has any questions, please contact Los Angeles Police Department, Harbor Area Community Relations Office at 310-726-7921.

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