Tag Archives: David Josiah “DJ” Lawson

McKinleyville to view ‘The Danger of a Single Story’

Jack Durham Mad River Union MCKINLEYVILLE – A group that formed last year to confront racism in McKinleyville is holding its first public event this week. The McKinleyville Alliance for Racial Equity (MARE) will show Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED talk “The Danger of a Single Story” and hold a discussion about it on

Lawson update: Council can’t talk, meetings set, new police chief sought

Jack Durham Mad River Union ARCATA – It’s been 13 months since David Josiah Lawson, 19, was stabbed to death in Arcata, but the case is still unsolved. The Arcata City Council was reminded of this during public comments at its May 16 meeting, with several speakers pleading with council members to rehire former FBI

Arcata to Tom Parker: cease, desist, refrain and give us back your Lawson case files

Kevin L. Hoover Mad River Union ARCATA – While many at Wednesday’s City Council meeting demanded that ex-FBI agent Tom Parker be rehired to investigate the killing of David Josiah Lawson, chances of that happening appeared to dim Thursday with the revelation that Arcata City Attorney Nancy Diamond had sent him a cease and desist

The Lawson case: Council may bypass APD, Parker told to stop talking, Rossbacher ‘troubled’

Kevin L. Hoover Mad River Union ARCATA – The Arcata City Council voted 4–0 Wednesday night to look at options other than the Arcata Police Dept. for investigating the unsolved killing of Humboldt State student David Josiah Lawson. The decision followed demands of multiple speakers who reviled the city, the council and Arcata Police for

Arcata continues to investigate Lawson homicide

City of Arcata ARCATA – Arcata Police Department continues an active investigation into the homicide of David Josiah Lawson. Since criminal investigations can take time, the City wants to remind the community that this is an active and open case. The Police Department is working through a defined investigative strategy based on all the physical

No new suspects in Lawson case

  Paul Mann Mad River Union ARCATA – The five-month-old investigation goes on, but there are no new suspects in the David Josiah Lawson killing probe, nor have any new leads turned up in the past 60 days. The latest information is four-pronged: • Arcata authorities are hoping a known but reluctant witness will come

APD still looking for Lawson witnesses; calls online accusations false

Mad River Union ARCATA –  The City of Arcata and Arcata Police are explicitly stating that Humboldt State student and friend of David Josiah Lawson, Elijah Chandler, is not a suspect under investigation in Lawson’s death (see below). Chandler had been named a suspect by an anonymous Craigslist troll. Friends and advocates for justice in

Lawson case objections overwhelm Arcata council meeting: ‘no justice, no peace’

Mayor loses control of meeting during protests; students decry lack of suspects, city’s non-dismissal of false Craigslist accusation; police chief asks witnesses to step forward, reports progress in investigation but can’t disclose details; mother speaks out; council to hold additional meetings solely on Lawson case Kevin L. Hoover Mad River Union ARCATA CITY HALL –

House party turned to tragedy in minutes

Paul Mann Mad River Union ARCATA – The horror and pathos that engulfed a Spear Avenue cul-de-sac on Easter weekend showed again how chance, impulse and drugs have ruined human lives since time immemorial. Centuries of racial enmity, graven in historical memory, stalked the cramped, 60-foot cul-de-sac as well. Rushes to judgment prevailed, based on

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