Police in Grand Junction will no longer be ticketing people camping in parks and other public spaces when there is no space in nearby shelters. This puts the city in line with federal law, after a 2018 decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found that punishing people for camping in such spaces when shelters are full is a violation of the Eighth Amendment.  Wednesday night’s unanimous decision by the Grand Junction City Council to amend the city’s camping ordinance comes after nearly two months of conversations and negotiating with a coalition of local groups and individuals invested in helping homeless people.  Scott Aker, with the Grand Junction Housing Authority, said some tickets may still be issued when shelters are below capacity, but he believes police will try to find solutions beyond penalizing people. “Law enforcement officers will reach out to community resources whenever possible to try to find alternatives,” he said. “ I think everybody agrees that writing a ticket isn’t going to solve the problem.” Aker, along with around 30 other individuals and groups, were in talks with City Attorney John Shaver after a contentious city council meeting Feb. 20, attended ...