I have not shared your experiences, but I don't look at "The Police" as necessarily sympathetic to cyclist. Living in Tampa, Florida anything is bound to be an improvement. When I was hit by a car and I had to contact the police, to get the drivers insurance information, (because the driver felt it wasn't necessary to give it), The Police Sargent told me, in a slightly aggitated tone, that the roads are for cars and trucks. He said that I have no business being on the roads. I wonder what his Police Chief, who is an avid cyclist, would have thought. Getting back on point, down here, many homeless people ride bicycles and as such are considered trouble and as such undesireable. Lately, when I tour, I stay at a Methodist Churches (pre arranged) or I like some RV parks, because they have showers, pools, recroom (that comes in handy when it is moonsoon like), relatively safe, and you meet some of the nicest people. If I camp elsewhere, I like to go stealth and avoid public squares and parks.