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:
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.
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…….