While everyone else was all worked up listening to HumCPR and Betty Chinn talk about their container village proposal at the Eureka City Council’s meeting last week, THC had a chance to peruse other items on the meeting’s agenda.
Sure, lot’s of boring stuff. But wait, what’s that? EPD appropriating funds to update it’s taser arsenal?
Normally we’d say something about how much money is being spent, etc. But THC thinks $28k for police-grade tasers ain’t too bad. What actually piqued our interest is the EPD’s percieved need to upgrade their arsenal – and to upgrade it pronto.
Why would they need to do that? Obviously, for some expected increase in situations in which tasing the living shit out of people is needed. What could possibly lead to such a situation?
Oh, of course – kicking people out of the Palco Marsh. Here’s a piece from a Times-Standard article by Hunter Cresswell:
“There are still about 130 people living out there based on a count done this week. It’s not clear how these people will be made to move off the property.
“I’m not going into the actual operations plan right now due to officer safety concerns,” Eureka Police Department Capt. Brian Stephens said.”
Anyone else willing to bet that the “operations plan” involves EPD officers in full riot gear? THC wouldn’t blame the police for such a policy – it’s going to be increasingly scary trying to evict people from the Marsh who may be violent criminals. (As an added bonus, thanks to Eureka’s hard-on for a waterfront jogging trail, those same potentially violent individuals will be pushed out into the greater community. And housed in Old Town!)
The bottom line is this – it looks like there’s gonna be a serious escalation in police activity in the next week. THC sincerely hopes it doesn’t happen the way we’re afraid it might. But it sure looks like the EPD is gearing up for battle.
Thanks again, City Council. P.S. it’s a great idea to to saddle the entire community with the consequences of pushing desperate people out of the Marsh so you can have a trail.