Plaza Trashed On Halloween – November 1, 2011
City of Arcata
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BROKEN GLASS HAZARD ON THE PLAZA
Last night the Arcata Plaza was trashed by hundreds of unruly Halloween revelers. Due to the amount of broken alcohol bottles, citizens should be very cautious if they walk on the grass of the Plaza. Despite efforts to clean the area there are many shards of glass still on the grass.
During the evening the Arcata Police arrested nearly thirty people and responded to over 100 police calls, including seven alcohol related medical calls in the downtown. Some of the medical calls were for over-intoxication, head injuries, and one man who drunkenly jumped from a roof, breaking his ankle.
Police Chief Tom Chapman said of the event, “the level of disrespect for the community is astonishing. The combination of alcohol and a costume gave some a sense of lawlessness.” Chapman said the department will be reviewing video footage in an effort to identify those responsible for criminal conduct.