Kevin L. Hoover Mad River Union ARCATA – The City Council last week acted on matters routine, unusual and extraordinary, in keeping with the challenging times. Mayor Michael Winkler began with a statement urging citizens to wear masks to reduce coronavirus transmission and allow businesses to safely reopen. Compliance has proven inconsistent, as noted in…
Ahearn’s report says that APD is now “better trained, better prepared, more organized in our response and more effective in our utilization of personnel than we were on April 15, 2017. The value of clarifying roles and responsibilities and establishing clear lines of authority and decisionmaking in order to identify, in all incidents, who is in charge, cannot be underestimated.”
Of the 36 recommendations made by the NPF, 27 have already been implemented or in the process of being implemented. Many of the conclusions reached by the NPF Assessment Team were the same or similar conclusions made by APD staff in the on-going review process.
This is the Fourth installment of the National Police Foundation’s report on the death of Humboldt State student David Josiah Lawson, and the criminal justice system’s follow-through. So far, no one has been held responsible for his stabbing death.
Note: This is the third installment of the National Police Foundation’s report on the death of Humboldt State student David Josiah Lawson, and the criminal justice system’s follow-through. So far, no one has been held responsible for his stabbing death. – Ed. Limitations of this Report While the City of Arcata and APD provided substantial…
In 2018, the City of Arcata retained the services of the National Police Foundation (NPF) to analyze the APD response to the homicide of Josiah Lawson on April 15, 2017, and the subsequent investigation. The City of Arcata’s administration believed an independent review of the circumstances surrounding the emergency response and the initial investigation of this event would provide lessons learned from the experience and necessary recommendations to improve the APD’s future responses.
We urge everyone to read and ponder this report, and civilly share your perspectives – with each other, your elected leaders and if you desire, your newspapers.
“No concerted effort appeared to be made to utilize experienced personnel to conduct organized, controlled, and thorough interviews,” the report states. An interview with suspect Kyle Zoellner was described as cursory, “curt” and a missed opportunity.
City of Arcata The National Police Foundation (NPF) has completed its independent review of the Arcata Police Department’s (APD) response to the homicide of David Josiah Lawson and released its final report. “The NPF review and analysis took a considerable amount of time, and the recommendations contained in the report will draw new attention to…
Speakers also harshly criticized Mayor Michael Winkler for referring to opponents of the William McKinley statue as a “lynch mob,” for wildly overestimating costs of statue removal and for his private business entanglements which prevent his participation in city business – including the Creek Side homes development and annexation on the evening’s agenda.