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A spokesman for the Raleigh Police Department says a police officer was enforcing a city ordinance when he reportedly told, without explanation, a group of volunteers Saturday that they could be arrested for serving breakfast to the homeless. Love Wins Ministries posted on its website Saturday that the officer approached them as they were preparing to pass out free coffee and sausage biscuits to more than 70 homeless people in downtown Raleigh.

According to WRAL, the officers wouldn’t tell the group which ordinance they were violating, but simply told them they had to leave. Mayor Nancy McFarlane said she is eager to find a way for the group to continue its ministry. Yesterday, she posted a statement to her Facebook page saying that neither she nor City Council were involved in the decision to prevent the groups from feeding the homeless.

View the report from WRAL here.