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. Hooray for the Arcata PD.

    #64471
  2. Hooray for the Arcata PD.

    #65563
  3. Hooray for the Arcata PD.

    #66159
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  5. Angela Pine

    Keeping it classy, Arcata!

    #64474
  6. Angela Pine

    Keeping it classy, Arcata!

    #65564
  7. Angela Pine

    Keeping it classy, Arcata!

    #66160
  8. Arcata PD is totally worthless as is the Humboldt Co. Sheriff. I have lived in Humboldt most of my life and have many dealings with them (not being the subject of their interest, but as a victim of thefts or worse). I enjoy hearing people fighting back against the oppressive cops, much of the time they deserve it.

    #64477
  9. Arcata PD is totally worthless as is the Humboldt Co. Sheriff. I have lived in Humboldt most of my life and have many dealings with them (not being the subject of their interest, but as a victim of thefts or worse). I enjoy hearing people fighting back against the oppressive cops, much of the time they deserve it.

    #65565
  10. Arcata PD is totally worthless as is the Humboldt Co. Sheriff. I have lived in Humboldt most of my life and have many dealings with them (not being the subject of their interest, but as a victim of thefts or worse). I enjoy hearing people fighting back against the oppressive cops, much of the time they deserve it.

    #66161
  11. I dont think that arresting someone wlking around w/ a fucking AR-15 is worthless at all. Lets just not have ANY cops on the plaza on these holidays and see what happens?? They arent the smartest cops in the state, probably because they are in a tiny rural town where action only happens every now and then. I very much enjoy seeing a idiot pissing on people get taken away in cuffs also.

    #64481
  12. Karley Martin

    I dont think that arresting someone wlking around w/ a fucking AR-15 is worthless at all. Lets just not have ANY cops on the plaza on these holidays and see what happens?? They arent the smartest cops in the state, probably because they are in a tiny rural town where action only happens every now and then. I very much enjoy seeing a idiot pissing on people get taken away in cuffs also.

    #65570
  13. Karley Martin

    I dont think that arresting someone wlking around w/ a fucking AR-15 is worthless at all. Lets just not have ANY cops on the plaza on these holidays and see what happens?? They arent the smartest cops in the state, probably because they are in a tiny rural town where action only happens every now and then. I very much enjoy seeing a idiot pissing on people get taken away in cuffs also.

    #66166
  14. My daughter is dead and APD knows who is responsible for her death and not only did they do nothing they threatened me with felony charges when I was going to get a recorded confession from him. That man is probably on the plaza several times a week. Feeling safer now? This individual is dangerous and APD does nothing. Most of the cops don't even know his name…I ask them when I see them. Detective Dickhead at APD had the nerve to say to me "we know who he is know and he will be on our radar"….as my daughter was laying in a freezer in the morgue. Also, how many teenage single mothers get killed or even die in Humboldt and not one single news paper runs a story on it? This mans family is one of the highest if not the highest campaign contributors to the DA. More then a coincidence in my opinion. The Humboldt system is corrupt as bad as big government if not worse. Shall I continue with the story of stolen property that was recovered by the cops and they called me to pick it up but I didn't have receipts for all the items (including over 100 cd's) so they didn't give them back to me, probably auctioned off for there profit…shall I continue with a breaking into my home and they refuse to take fingerprints to id the intruders…shall I continue with a missing 12 year old daughter that was with an older young woman who stole a car and 5000.00 from her parents and the cops didn't find any of this out until I did the detective work for them..all brief stories of much larger mishandlings from Humboldt cops. And this is just one person! shall I continue because I can…

    #64482
  15. My daughter is dead and APD knows who is responsible for her death and not only did they do nothing they threatened me with felony charges when I was going to get a recorded confession from him. That man is probably on the plaza several times a week. Feeling safer now? This individual is dangerous and APD does nothing. Most of the cops don't even know his name…I ask them when I see them. Detective Dickhead at APD had the nerve to say to me "we know who he is know and he will be on our radar"….as my daughter was laying in a freezer in the morgue. Also, how many teenage single mothers get killed or even die in Humboldt and not one single news paper runs a story on it? This mans family is one of the highest if not the highest campaign contributors to the DA. More then a coincidence in my opinion. The Humboldt system is corrupt as bad as big government if not worse. Shall I continue with the story of stolen property that was recovered by the cops and they called me to pick it up but I didn't have receipts for all the items (including over 100 cd's) so they didn't give them back to me, probably auctioned off for there profit…shall I continue with a breaking into my home and they refuse to take fingerprints to id the intruders…shall I continue with a missing 12 year old daughter that was with an older young woman who stole a car and 5000.00 from her parents and the cops didn't find any of this out until I did the detective work for them..all brief stories of much larger mishandlings from Humboldt cops. And this is just one person! shall I continue because I can…

    #64483
  16. My daughter is dead and APD knows who is responsible for her death and not only did they do nothing they threatened me with felony charges when I was going to get a recorded confession from him. That man is probably on the plaza several times a week. Feeling safer now? This individual is dangerous and APD does nothing. Most of the cops don't even know his name…I ask them when I see them. Detective Dickhead at APD had the nerve to say to me "we know who he is know and he will be on our radar"….as my daughter was laying in a freezer in the morgue. Also, how many teenage single mothers get killed or even die in Humboldt and not one single news paper runs a story on it? This mans family is one of the highest if not the highest campaign contributors to the DA. More then a coincidence in my opinion. The Humboldt system is corrupt as bad as big government if not worse. Shall I continue with the story of stolen property that was recovered by the cops and they called me to pick it up but I didn't have receipts for all the items (including over 100 cd's) so they didn't give them back to me, probably auctioned off for there profit…shall I continue with a breaking into my home and they refuse to take fingerprints to id the intruders…shall I continue with a missing 12 year old daughter that was with an older young woman who stole a car and 5000.00 from her parents and the cops didn't find any of this out until I did the detective work for them..all brief stories of much larger mishandlings from Humboldt cops. And this is just one person! shall I continue because I can…

    #65566
  17. My daughter is dead and APD knows who is responsible for her death and not only did they do nothing they threatened me with felony charges when I was going to get a recorded confession from him. That man is probably on the plaza several times a week. Feeling safer now? This individual is dangerous and APD does nothing. Most of the cops don't even know his name…I ask them when I see them. Detective Dickhead at APD had the nerve to say to me "we know who he is know and he will be on our radar"….as my daughter was laying in a freezer in the morgue. Also, how many teenage single mothers get killed or even die in Humboldt and not one single news paper runs a story on it? This mans family is one of the highest if not the highest campaign contributors to the DA. More then a coincidence in my opinion. The Humboldt system is corrupt as bad as big government if not worse. Shall I continue with the story of stolen property that was recovered by the cops and they called me to pick it up but I didn't have receipts for all the items (including over 100 cd's) so they didn't give them back to me, probably auctioned off for there profit…shall I continue with a breaking into my home and they refuse to take fingerprints to id the intruders…shall I continue with a missing 12 year old daughter that was with an older young woman who stole a car and 5000.00 from her parents and the cops didn't find any of this out until I did the detective work for them..all brief stories of much larger mishandlings from Humboldt cops. And this is just one person! shall I continue because I can…

    #66162
  18. no and i talked to him and he told me hella shit and but it didnt matter. they are all about the money and connections. im sorry. corrupt as hell.

    #64486
  19. no and i talked to him and he told me hella shit and but it didnt matter. they are all about the money and connections. im sorry. corrupt as hell.

    #65573
  20. no and i talked to him and he told me hella shit and but it didnt matter. they are all about the money and connections. im sorry. corrupt as hell.

    #66169
  21. I can't understand how the hell that person can be still at large! Her hope was stolen, then her life! It can be proven, and yet it's being swept out of the way… I don't get it- corruption or not, there has to be somebody who cares and can get to the bottom of it someday… I really hope so. Persistence may actually tip things right at some point, cuzz.. I'm so sorry and sickened by this injustice, and others. Many positive loving intentions and prayers are with your family, as always, Kerry.

    #64488
  22. Chuck Cox

    I can't understand how the hell that person can be still at large! Her hope was stolen, then her life! It can be proven, and yet it's being swept out of the way… I don't get it- corruption or not, there has to be somebody who cares and can get to the bottom of it someday… I really hope so. Persistence may actually tip things right at some point, cuzz.. I'm so sorry and sickened by this injustice, and others. Many positive loving intentions and prayers are with your family, as always, Kerry.

    #65574
  23. Chuck Cox

    I can't understand how the hell that person can be still at large! Her hope was stolen, then her life! It can be proven, and yet it's being swept out of the way… I don't get it- corruption or not, there has to be somebody who cares and can get to the bottom of it someday… I really hope so. Persistence may actually tip things right at some point, cuzz.. I'm so sorry and sickened by this injustice, and others. Many positive loving intentions and prayers are with your family, as always, Kerry.

    #66170
  24. Thank you Chuck…You are part of my family.

    #64490
  25. Thank you Chuck…You are part of my family.

    #65575
  26. Thank you Chuck…You are part of my family.

    #66171
  27. So horrible and unjust. Losing your daughter is bad enough, but you'll never get peace with this part unresolved. Hang in there.

    #64491
  28. So horrible and unjust. Losing your daughter is bad enough, but you'll never get peace with this part unresolved. Hang in there.

    #65576
  29. So horrible and unjust. Losing your daughter is bad enough, but you'll never get peace with this part unresolved. Hang in there.

    #66172
  30. a severed ear gets an "honorable mention" and a single mom with a little grow in her garage is front page news? come on people get your news act together!

    #64493
  31. a severed ear gets an "honorable mention" and a single mom with a little grow in her garage is front page news? come on people get your news act together!

    #65567
  32. a severed ear gets an "honorable mention" and a single mom with a little grow in her garage is front page news? come on people get your news act together!

    #66163
  33. Kevin Hoover

    Lee, this just the website. Things appear in order that they are posted. The actual newspaper – which pays for all this and will have a properly researched presentation – doesn't come out until Wednesday.

    #64496
  34. Kevin Hoover

    Lee, this just the website. Things appear in order that they are posted. The actual newspaper – which pays for all this and will have a properly researched presentation – doesn't come out until Wednesday.

    #65580
  35. Kevin Hoover

    Lee, this just the website. Things appear in order that they are posted. The actual newspaper – which pays for all this and will have a properly researched presentation – doesn't come out until Wednesday.

    #66176
  36. My daughter is dead and APD knows who is responsible for her death and not only did they do nothing they threatened me with felony charges when I was going to get a recorded confession from him. That man is probably on the plaza several times a week. Feeling safer now? This individual is dangerous and APD does nothing. Most of the cops don't even know his name…I ask them when I see them. Detective Dickhead at APD had the nerve to say to me "we know who he is know and he will be on our radar"….as my daughter was laying in a freezer in the morgue. Also, how many teenage single mothers get killed or even die in Humboldt and not one single news paper runs a story on it? This mans family is one of the highest if not the highest campaign contributors to the DA. More then a coincidence in my opinion. The Humboldt system is corrupt
    as bad as big government if not worse. Shall I continue with the story of stolen property that was recovered by the cops and they called me to pick it up but I didn't have receipts for all the items (including over 100 cd's) so they didn't give them back to me, probably auctioned off for there profit…shall I continue with a breaking into my home and they refuse to take fingerprints to id the intruders…shall I continue with a missing 12 year old daughter that was with an older young woman who stole a car and 5000.00 from her parents and the cops didn't find any of this out until I did the detective work for them..all brief stories of much larger mishandlings from Humboldt cops. And this is just one person! shall I continue because I can…

    #64498
  37. My daughter is dead and APD knows who is responsible for her death and not only did they do nothing they threatened me with felony charges when I was going to get a recorded confession from him. That man is probably on the plaza several times a week. Feeling safer now? This individual is dangerous and APD does nothing. Most of the cops don't even know his name…I ask them when I see them. Detective Dickhead at APD had the nerve to say to me "we know who he is know and he will be on our radar"….as my daughter was laying in a freezer in the morgue. Also, how many teenage single mothers get killed or even die in Humboldt and not one single news paper runs a story on it? This mans family is one of the highest if not the highest campaign contributors to the DA. More then a coincidence in my opinion. The Humboldt system is corrupt
    as bad as big government if not worse. Shall I continue with the story of stolen property that was recovered by the cops and they called me to pick it up but I didn't have receipts for all the items (including over 100 cd's) so they didn't give them back to me, probably auctioned off for there profit…shall I continue with a breaking into my home and they refuse to take fingerprints to id the intruders…shall I continue with a missing 12 year old daughter that was with an older young woman who stole a car and 5000.00 from her parents and the cops didn't find any of this out until I did the detective work for them..all brief stories of much larger mishandlings from Humboldt cops. And this is just one person! shall I continue because I can…

    #65571
  38. My daughter is dead and APD knows who is responsible for her death and not only did they do nothing they threatened me with felony charges when I was going to get a recorded confession from him. That man is probably on the plaza several times a week. Feeling safer now? This individual is dangerous and APD does nothing. Most of the cops don't even know his name…I ask them when I see them. Detective Dickhead at APD had the nerve to say to me "we know who he is know and he will be on our radar"….as my daughter was laying in a freezer in the morgue. Also, how many teenage single mothers get killed or even die in Humboldt and not one single news paper runs a story on it? This mans family is one of the highest if not the highest campaign contributors to the DA. More then a coincidence in my opinion. The Humboldt system is corrupt
    as bad as big government if not worse. Shall I continue with the story of stolen property that was recovered by the cops and they called me to pick it up but I didn't have receipts for all the items (including over 100 cd's) so they didn't give them back to me, probably auctioned off for there profit…shall I continue with a breaking into my home and they refuse to take fingerprints to id the intruders…shall I continue with a missing 12 year old daughter that was with an older young woman who stole a car and 5000.00 from her parents and the cops didn't find any of this out until I did the detective work for them..all brief stories of much larger mishandlings from Humboldt cops. And this is just one person! shall I continue because I can…

    #66167
  39. Anonymous

    well, outside of the fact that california IS an 'open carry' state (inside or within 4oft of licenced premises & convicted felons aside), I should think that the APD/CHP, etc policy of referring to CITIZENS as 'subjects' (wait? I'm in merry olde? when did THAT happen?) in internal mamoranda needs to be rectified.I think, that basic reminder would do a WORLD of good as far as more civil relations between the public and peace officers (not 'law enforcement', as 'law enforcement', is the purview of district attorneys & the like), I said.

    peace officers, as is the proper title.

    #64500
  40. Anonymous

    well, outside of the fact that california IS an 'open carry' state (inside or within 4oft of licenced premises & convicted felons aside), I should think that the APD/CHP, etc policy of referring to CITIZENS as 'subjects' (wait? I'm in merry olde? when did THAT happen?) in internal mamoranda needs to be rectified.I think, that basic reminder would do a WORLD of good as far as more civil relations between the public and peace officers (not 'law enforcement', as 'law enforcement', is the purview of district attorneys & the like), I said.

    peace officers, as is the proper title.

    #65568
  41. Anonymous

    well, outside of the fact that california IS an 'open carry' state (inside or within 4oft of licenced premises & convicted felons aside), I should think that the APD/CHP, etc policy of referring to CITIZENS as 'subjects' (wait? I'm in merry olde? when did THAT happen?) in internal mamoranda needs to be rectified.I think, that basic reminder would do a WORLD of good as far as more civil relations between the public and peace officers (not 'law enforcement', as 'law enforcement', is the purview of district attorneys & the like), I said.

    peace officers, as is the proper title.

    #66164
  42. Oh, Kerry, my heart goes out to you.

    #64501
  43. Oh, Kerry, my heart goes out to you.

    #65577
  44. Oh, Kerry, my heart goes out to you.

    #66173
  45. Chris Anderson

    WTF?! I know what I would do…so sorry Kerry.

    #64532
  46. Chris Anderson

    WTF?! I know what I would do…so sorry Kerry.

    #65578
  47. Chris Anderson

    WTF?! I know what I would do…so sorry Kerry.

    #66174

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