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.
There are many alternative events for adults to enjoy on Halloween, from live concerts to dancing. The APD encourages people to act responsibly, respect the community, designate a driver and have fun.
Arcata Police Chief Tom Chapman said, “The destruction that occurred last Halloween cannot be tolerated. We will be actively enforcing all laws and have zero tolerance for any violations. The safety of the citizens and officers as well as the protection of property will be our top priority.”
Humboldt Mediatrion Services has released its compilation of ideas aired at last week’s Plaza scoping session on how to abate excessive behavior on Halloween and New Year’s Eve. These include initial thoughts of attendees – responses to “What would you like to see accomplished by this meeting?”, reports from the five subcommittees and a synopsis of ideas expressed at the Jan. 24 meeting.
Most citizens skirted the square entirely, evidently assuming by the massive police presence that it was on “lockdown,” as one passerby was heard to mention.
While plans won’t be finalized until this week, it looks like the Plaza’s inner core will be made off-limits so as to prevent people climbing up McKinley.
Fueling the fearful, feral folderol is a mix of alcohol, young adults and a party atmosphere with Halloween masks that lend anonymity.
I have undergone tests for syphilis, hepatitis and HIV and I am told I will continue the tests for the next six months.
A Community Meeting will be held Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 8 a.m. at City Hall to consider ideas for preventing a reoccurrence.
Though beaten and bruised, it is safe for the public.