No back up in SoHum? It’s not about lack of resources, it’s “out of spite”!

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The non-stop transient scene in Garberville

Yesterday’s Lost Coast Outpost told the sad tale of a lone deputy facing the hordes of transients and vagrants in Garberville. Our staff is proud of the community response to the officers need for aid. We’re also glad that the deputy used so much apparent restraint, in the face of an apparently volatile and unsure situation:

http://lostcoastoutpost.com/2014/aug/30/transient-officer/

One of the subtexts to the story seems to be, “Why is there so few deputies in Southern Humboldt?”. According to Downey’s public statements, he can’t provide coverage because of a lack of staffing and FUNDING.

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No reason to send out Deputies to police an area that doesn’t want to follow the law

We have done some research, and we don’t exactly trust Downey’s public statements. According to our sources, Downey (a former SoHum resident Deputy), has been telling folks in Law Enforcement his true feelings. Our sources told us that Downey feels that SoHum is filled with a bunch of “lawless” folks making huge profits from the marijuana “industry”. According to Downey, “There’s no reason to send out Deputies to police an area that doesn’t want to follow the law”. You see, Sheriff ‘Downer’ feels that the SoHum community doesn’t deserve Law Enforcement, because they only want certain laws enforced (those laws not related to marijuana).

So, when you folks down south get that weird feeling that there always seems to be deputies to spare when it comes to cutting plants and confiscating money, trust your instincts. There are deputies available to police SoHum. Unfortunately for you, their priorities have been set in other areas. Namely, “Asset Forfeiture and Marijuana Eradication”. You see, they get their nice chunk of funding from the assets seized, the state’s grants for MJ eradication and the federal government grants for marijuana enforcement. They don’t get their money from the SoHum lawbreakers “who don’t even pay their taxes”.

You want some help SoHum…then elect a Sheriff who isn’t a Christian Right Wing nutbag. Just wait…in a few years you’ll see Billy Honsal II, son of Bill “Dirty Harry” Honsal the 1st, put in his name for election to Sheriff. Bill Sr. has several kills notched in his belt from his good old days at EPD. His son was former EPD, and has followed a path that has led to his higher office. Both are “devout” religious folks in the community. Maybe this county needs an outsider to take the helm of the largest law enforcement agency in the county…….

 

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24 thoughts on “No back up in SoHum? It’s not about lack of resources, it’s “out of spite”!

  1. Maybe if they had a prayer breakfast in Garberville….

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  2. I believe it was last summer, or 2012, when Sheriff D spoke, with 8 other NorCal Sheriffs, at a meeting which included the Northern California State Militia ( a private right wing gun-toters organization) up in the bowels of the future State of Jefferson. His theme: The US is a constitutional republic. You figure out what that is supposed to mean, but it usually has something to do with protecting the rights of a minority from the majority. “Majority” in this case is a reference to the Fed Govt. Oddly enough, nobody down in these parts even raised a concerned eyebrow over that gathering or speech. There was just one small blurb about it in one of the local SoHum papers. In fact, doing an on-line search for this specific meeting turns up nothing. I must have dreamed all this. Did anyone else have the same dream?

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    • Downey is spot on, and it’s no surprise that Mitch would be opposed to protecting the rights of a minority from the majority.

      I’ve been hearing complaints about lack of law enforcement in SoHum for the entire 40+ years I’ve lived here, and that’s through any number of Sheriffs.

      Downey also has a point in regards some people not wanting to “follow the law”, although I’m not sure he articulated it right.

      People live in far off places because they want to get away from the mainstream. To “get away from it all”, if you will. Living out in the bush has advantages and disadvantages.

      One disadvantage is the power goes out more often than it does in the city. Another is there isn’t going to be a cop on every corner. But that’s what living in the bush entails, although I suspect many in SoHum might consider not having a cop on every corner one of the advantages of living down there.

      In that regard, Mike Downey might well be right.

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  3. So what “minority” is Downey championing? White, Xtians? Oh yeah, their shrinking rights, particularly, the right to inflict their belief system on others whenever they chose, are being threatened everywhere since the coming of Obama. Fortunately, there are 5 Xtian males on SCOTUS who do look out for their interests being abused by the “majority” (employees). See Hobby Lobby.

    Many who live “out in the bush” live off – grid, Fred, and use alternate power. I do. And I am totally immune to the power outages and outrages that the more urban dwellers have. If exploding gas lines, water main & sewer line breaks, and, formerly, the smell of pulp mill excretions in the morning are all part of the perks of city life. You’re welcome to them.

    The ones who are complaining the most from SoHum come from the Chamber of Commerce sector, not the bush folk. You really need to hear them when they get rolling on the subject of bed taxes. Better pray to whatever god you believe in that they don’t arm themselves, form a militia and march on the Courthouse.

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    • Recently he’s taken heat for standing up for the rights of a minority few seem to care about: those arrested for minor crimes.

      You’ll recall the controversy over the midnight release of those taken to jail for drunkenness and other minor issues. He pointed out they have a right to be held no longer than necessary (my words, not his).

      Aside from myself and Downey, I didn’t hear a peep from anyone- particularly from The Left- in defense of a person’s right to be released if he hadn’t been detained (not convicted) for more serious crimes.

      It says a lot that he was one of the few that recognized that right.

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    • “The ones who are complaining the most from SoHum come from the Chamber of Commerce sector, not the bush folk.

      Yep. The bush folk see it as an advantage not having a bunch of cops around all the time. Downey was right.

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    • Here comes Fred, touting his libertarian talking points about Sheriff Downeys continuation this horrible drug war…..

      Wait, I guess I misread his comments. He seems to be supporting Downey? Oh, right. Freds just a plain old republican conservative, not a real libertarian.

      Keep up the good work LINO.

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    • FC wrote, “Wait, I guess I misread his comments. He seems to be supporting Downey? Oh, right. Freds just a plain old republican conservative, not a real libertarian.

      You’re the one that seems to want a cop on every corner. Wouldn’t that be more of a Republican conservative type thing?

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  4. You have a few things half-assed here. The mid-night release program made news with the murder of the priest just a few months back. Where were you? Non-violent? The guy was kicking the back of the cop car to stuffings while driving him in for booking. Some drunks and drug users are violent, others are not. If the freakin’ jail babysitters can’t tell the difference then that’s the real problem.
    One other little problem with late night, or rather, early morning releases is that they are released without the money they came in with. I believe they get a check. WTF good is that to anyone who wants to go home and needs a ride – assuming their cars aren’t available for one reason or another, like, say confiscation for drunk driving!. To just dump people out on the street with no money at 2am is defending their rights, huh, Fred? Downey is just showing his contempt for everyone, not defending minority rights.

    Having lived in the hills for nearly 40 years myself not having deputies readily available has been going on for a long time, longer than Downey has been around. Suddenly Downey knows the real reason? You, and Downey, assume that everyone is a pot grower that lives in the bush and prefers it that way. I’ve heard the same is true about blacks and LE. Hispanics too. Why the only ones I hear tell of who respect and follow the letter of the law, and, therefor, should be entitled to quick and thorough response from same, are those Wall Street mill & billonaires,when they’re having problems with those scummy Occupy Hippies. First Class Service, right away, Sirs. And thanks for the police union gratuities.

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    • I know all about the Freed murder. That’s no reason to disregard individual rights to be released from jail, regardless of that.

      If the freakin’ jail babysitters can’t tell the difference then that’s the real problem.

      Two different issues here. People’s right to be released from custody, and how the jail and the hospitals evaluate the threat level of arrestees. You’re proposing disregarding people’s rights in favor of security. it’s a complex issue, but I’ll nearly always favor individual rights.

      “Having lived in the hills for nearly 40 years myself not having deputies readily available has been going on for a long time, longer than Downey has been around. Suddenly Downey knows the real reason?

      Yep. It has been going on for a long time, hasn’t it? Thank you for agreeing with me. Maybe Downey is the first one to say something that needed to be said?

      You can’t have cops on every corner in an area where people move to be away from such things. Never mind an area so spread out that 10 cops would have a hard time covering it.

      Heck, I’ve heard that there’s been times when only three deputies patrolled the whole county, although that was long before Downey’s watch. I’ve also heard more recently that sometimes only three cops were on watch in Eureka, with a much larger population than SoHum. Sometimes things suck, don’t they?

      Bottom line is, if you live 50 miles or more out from facilities, you’re not going to get the same service as you would expect closer in. That’s the way it is, and most people probably understand that.

      I’d also like you to give an example of an instance where the Sheriff’s Dept. didn’t show up. Most of what we read in the paper, and the Lost Coast Outpost, is of when the S.O. did show up and handled the situation successfully. Even the story this post was a result of was law enforcement handling a difficult situation successfully.

      Yep, hairy at first, but the deputy kept his cool, the problem was at least temporarily resolved, and nobody was even arrested. Yet you and the TE try to make that into not just a problem, but a partisan political issue.

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    • There was also the bartender who came home to a stranger in her bed (and lingerie) after work, I believe it may even have been that same week.
      We’d been without 24 hour LEO coverage for who knows how long then (that’s how bad it really is – not too very bad really). That’s goofy and I don’t think anyone thinks it a good idea to have to wait for a response from Eureka.
      But, that THIS community bitch NOW – after ‘training’ the cops to ignore things (like groups smoking on the streets) for decades,…. When the pot market is failing and now we need our businesses to be more than ‘laundries’ the Chamber starts to speak up. And the ‘Bush people’s’ hypocritical moaning is even more repulsive than the Chamber’s..(and they’re doing plenty of it)……..
      But the Chamber should have put in bathrooms instead of cutting down every big tree in town and now wonders why “town is less appealing”.
      Big dumb mess that is much.much bigger than just Garberville anyway.

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  5. “Two different issues here. People’s right to be released from custody, and how the jail and the hospitals evaluate the threat level of arrestees. You’re proposing disregarding people’s rights in favor of security. it’s a complex issue, but I’ll nearly always favor individual rights”

    Because of the outcry after Fr, Freed’s murder, Downey did make changes to some jail policies, including a mental health evaluation check list questionnaire before release. OMG, Fred, your worst fears have already been realized! They also stopped that worthless check for cash policy. All this was done back in May. http://lostcoastoutpost.com/2014/may/6/sheriffs-office-changes-midnight-release-policies/

    When the recent grand jury report called for no jail releases during the hours from 9PM to 6AM, the only HCSO reply to that was that it “might” violate civil rights, not that it would.

    It seems that Downey isn’t the staunch defender of civil rights that you believe he is. If his policies were all about civil rights protection, then why would he change some of them and why is he uncertain of the rest?

    If you don’t know when someone has either been engaging in public extortion tactics simply to get more $$$ for his dept, or is just plain incompetent, then you are seriously naive.

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    • ” If his policies were all about civil rights protection, then why would he change some of them and why is he uncertain of the rest?“.

      Because even the courts differ on the proper role and application of civil rights laws.

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    • Ah Fred, the never ending source of libertarian conundrum.

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  6. You’re right Fred, Downey is all about individual civil rights, as long as you are a christian republican individual……

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  7. Because even the courts differ on the proper role and application of civil rights laws.

    Nice try, Fred, but total BS.

    http://cgja.blogspot.com/2014/08/humboldt-county-will-not-comply.html

    ” The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that jails can legally hold people for 48 hours before they must be brought before a judge.”

    High Sheriff Downey needs to reread his personal, Ayn Rand signed copy of the Constertution.

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    • And other courts might disagree. Who knows? Maybe a year from now they’ll rule differently, although the track record of the Supreme Court is one of of one step forward and two steps backward in regards individual rights.

      Just because a court rules one way doesn’t make it right. It just makes it law.

      It seems you’re suggesting authorities should feel free to hold those arrested as long as they see fit. You have little if no regard for the person arrested. Love to see that from The Left.

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    • Ahh yes…the socialist/communist “left”. Always looking to imprison people or force them to take government mandated services.

      Thankfully, there are those from the libertarian “right” who are there to support Sheriff Downey’s “war on drugs”. Some of those libertarians even live off of the government dole while espousing their hatred for “entitlements”.

      The world is such a simple place!

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    • Downey’s grip is better than many a ‘Bush person’s’! I could not believe that meeting (just caught the recording). “JUST ROUST’EM’ from the idiot crowd…….”I have Constitutional restraints” was Downey’s reply……
      Rather be stuck on a desert island with him or Swithenbank than many of y’all!

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  8. Your right Downey is a terrible Sheriff, but look at the choice we had when he was elected. I’m dam glad we didn’t wind up with Hislop!

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  9. O give it up, Fred. “Other courts will rule”; “Just because… doesn’t make it right”? What are you implying, that Downey is the only real and true arbiter of the law?

    That’s precisely his problem and his meaning when he spoke before that hate group up in Modoc or Podunk County. As he sees himself, HE IS THE LAW, and his authority, in his juandiced view of a Constitutional Republic, supersedes Federal and State authority as well. Except, of course, when the Feds come bearing $$$ for MJ eradication and then he and his undermanned stable of deputies suddenly have plenty of time and numbers (@ time and a half or better), getting a convoy together to eagerly assist.

    Nobody is calling for the end of civil liberties simply by asking Downey to run his jail like many other California counties do: They wait till 6AM to release people they are holding for they’re own well being as well as the well being of others. We’re not even talking about a 48 hour hold here are we?. Where can you cite, in your copy of the constitution, or anywhere, where it says “you can only hold a person for 8 hours at the most”? That was the situation with Bullock: Booked @ 4:38 PM released 00:43 AM and a priest is dead because of it, probably because Bullock needed $$$ and transportation.

    And how do you know I’m a “leftist”? Because I don’t agree with your Randian view of the world? Like most people, Fred, I am a composite of many different persuasions. Conservative in some matters. Liberal in others. Many Conservatives, for example, are quite liberal when it comes to taxpayer funding of their pork barrel interests or fuque-ups. Especially, our beloved banker class.

    Happy Labor Day.

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