12 photos show skid row during pandemic — and the judge risking his life to help

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David Barker visits a friend living in a tent on skid row in Los Angeles in March. Barker is not homeless.
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As the COVID-19 pandemic has unfolded, U.S. District Judge David O. Carter has been on a mission to force changes in the living conditions for the homeless people of L.A. At 76, Carter knows he should be at home and away from people, not outside leading a tour of the largest concentration of homeless people in the country.

Here are the scenes from skid row in downtown Los Angeles.

Herb Smith
Herb Smith, far left, chief executive of the Los Angeles Mission, is joined by staff and volunteers to assemble 150 bags of food and hygiene products for distribution to homeless people on skid row.
(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Judge David Carter
U.S. District Judge David O. Carter tours skid row with Los Angeles Police Officer Deon Joseph in early April.
(Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)

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Herb Smith, right, chief executive of the Los Angeles Mission, helps Juanita Glover as she receives bags of food and hygiene products.
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Herb Smith
Robert Taylor, a participant in the Fresh Start program at the Los Angeles Mission, has his temperature taken by security guard Angel Jurado on skid row.
(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Herb Smith
Brent Kostanski, who is homeless and living on skid row, enjoys a sandwich from a food distribution package.
(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Homeless
Members of the Love My Neighbor Foundation help feed the homeless on skid row.
(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Homeless
Prince Thomas III, who is homeless, stands by tents on skid row.
(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Crews clean an area along 7th Street in downtown Los Angeles.
Crews clean an area along 7th Street in downtown Los Angeles.
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Herb Smith
Bags of food and hygiene products that will be distributed to homeless people on skid row.
(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Herb Smith
Los Angeles Mission Chief Executive Herb Smith gives face masks to Juanita Glover, left, and Carmen Santiago.
(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Herb Smith
Ralph Sutton of the Los Angeles Mission hands out food and hygiene products on skid row.
(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

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