A Severed Ear And An Assault Rifle On Halloween – November 1, 2012

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Officers face Tavern Row from the Plaza lawn on a drizzly Halloween. KLH | Eye

Note: The Arcata Police Dept. has issued the following press release regarding last night’s Halloween-related downtown events. This and more detail will appear in next week’s Arcata Eye. Also, an internal City memorandum (which follows the press release) has been reported by the Lost Coast Outpost. Chief Tom Chapman says the memo is accurately represented, wasn’t confidential but but wasn’t intended for public release. – Ed.
City of Arcata

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HALLOWEEN ON THE ARCATA PLAZA

The Arcata Police Department along with officers from the Eureka Police Department, Fortuna Police Department, Ferndale Police Department, Rio Dell Police Department, HSU Police Department and California Highway Patrol patrolled the Arcata Plaza on Halloween due to past incidents of unruly behavior.
Halloween saw a couple thousand people in the downtown area once again. While officers were successful in keeping the Plaza from being vandilized, some people in the crowd turned violent.
While arresting a female subject who had been involved in a physical fight, officers became surrounded. Several objects were thrown at the officers from the crowd. An APD sergeant was struck in the face with a bottle. He sustained a large laceration to his upper lip and had to be transported to Mad River Hospital where he received several stitches. The crowd continued to be unruly and several more arrests were made throughout the night.
During the evening officers located a male subject with an  AR-15 assault rifle slung around his neck. The firearm had an unusable unloaded magazine in the weapon. He also had a loaded operable 10 round magazine in his pocket. The weapon was taken for public safety reasons.
During the evening there were nine Public intoxication arrests,  and  numerous medical aid calls which consisted of a broken nose, broken jaw, severed ear (which were sustained during physical altercations in the downtown area) and other alcohol-related issues. There were approximately 101 calls for service during the night.
 The memo

Halloween saw a couple thousand people in the downtown area once again. We deployed with allied agencies in the same fashion as New Years Eve 2012. There were a total of 36 sworn officers, approximately 15 Academy cadets and and additonal 6 volunteer and non sworn members of APD. While we were successful in keeping the Plaza from being destroyed, the crowd once again turned violent.

While arresting a female subject who had been involved in a physical fight, officers became surrounded by the crowd. The crowd began to throw objects at the officers and an APD sergeant was struck in the face with a bottle. He sustained a large laceration to his upper lip and had to be transported to Mad River Hospital where he received several stitches. The crowd continued to be unruly and several more arrests were made throughout the night.

During the evening officers located a male subject with an AR-15 assault rifle slung around his neck. The firearm had an unusable unloaded magazine in the weapon. He also had a loaded operable 10 round magazine in his pocket. The weapon was taken for public safety reasons.

The operation resulted in 9-647(f) arrests, numerous medical aid calls which consisted of a broken nose, broken jaw (which were sustined during physical altercations in the downtown area) and other alcohol related issues.

The allied agenicies consisted of the Eureka Police Department, Fortuna Police Department, Ferndale Police Department, Rio Dell Police Dpartment, HSU Police Department, and three CHP traffic units. The assistance was invaluable during the height of the incident.

Bart Silvers, Lieutenant
Arcata Police Department

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56 Responses to “A Severed Ear And An Assault Rifle On Halloween – November 1, 2012”

  1. You say you know "who did this"…name a name.

    #64534
  2. You say you know "who did this"…name a name.

    #65579
  3. You say you know "who did this"…name a name.

    #66175
  4. Anonymous

    This is friggin HighLarrious! Bottles thrown at the cops guns on the Plaza Wow When me and Pete and the "Fun' bunch were in town most you had to worry about was some silly Monkey telling the ladies how pretty they are and if they would please Marry the Ragman could he please a a dallar for a bottle of beer and The Arcata eye made such a stink about they all left didn't they and they ARE NOT COMMING BACK TO ARCATA CALIFORNIA for ANY REASON.

    #64584
  5. Anonymous

    This is friggin HighLarrious! Bottles thrown at the cops guns on the Plaza Wow When me and Pete and the "Fun' bunch were in town most you had to worry about was some silly Monkey telling the ladies how pretty they are and if they would please Marry the Ragman could he please a a dallar for a bottle of beer and The Arcata eye made such a stink about they all left didn't they and they ARE NOT COMMING BACK TO ARCATA CALIFORNIA for ANY REASON.

    #65569
  6. Anonymous

    This is friggin HighLarrious! Bottles thrown at the cops guns on the Plaza Wow When me and Pete and the "Fun' bunch were in town most you had to worry about was some silly Monkey telling the ladies how pretty they are and if they would please Marry the Ragman could he please a a dallar for a bottle of beer and The Arcata eye made such a stink about they all left didn't they and they ARE NOT COMMING BACK TO ARCATA CALIFORNIA for ANY REASON.

    #66165

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