Sunday, February 10, 2008

Police use "dope raid" to net illegal sleeping

Peace be with you


On July 25, 2007 Sheriff Deputies raided a piece of Humboldt County property looking for pot. They stuck guns in the faces of the residents, pepper sprayed their dogs, and ordered the people off their property so a search could conduct. No I’m not talking about the 1200 pot plant Vilica LLd bust. I’m talking about the Yee Haw bust where instead of finding the pot, the cops were so sure they’d find, they found "sleepers" instead. Now appearing as Nazish homeless haters the county is trying to throw these people to the street. The County of Humboldt should be encouraging people to open their homes, lands and buildings to help alleviate the homeless crisis; instead they’re encouraging police raids on those who do.

Monday the owner of the property and at least one of it’s tenants will be in Humboldt Superior Court to try to hang on to their place of living, or as we call it their home.

Sources inside Yee Haw say the Sheriffs acted like they were searching for marijuana, and of course we have the Vilica marijuana bust the same day with the same “code enforcement warrant.” Twelve Sheriffs with guns drawn served a county “code enforcement warrant” on the very day the owner of the land had an appointment with county code enforcement to inspect the land. It would appear on the surface as a paranoid county building inspector until you plug in the fact that they also served a “code enforcement warrant” looking for 1200 marijuana plants within a couple of hours of leaving Yee Haw.

First of all it is fucked up that we allow the county to kick these people off a place where it is legal for them to sleep. And second it is fucked up that they are doing it because of a pot bust gone bad.

love eternal
tad

13 comments:

noel said...

The war on the poor has always been a safe alternative to busting criminals who, in many cases, run local governments and profit either directly or indirectly from assets seized and the diversion of law enforcement focus on their own corporate/government criminal activities.

It also will run up their win/loss ratio to concentrate on busting defenseless people rather than real criminals with substantial enough assets to really fight back in court.

Another motivation is the divide and conquer strategy of using people's bigotry against them by facilitating it thus actually enlisting the aid of people you are ripping off to support you by siding with them against the objects of their irrational hatreds. Thus did Maxxam enlist the aid of it's own employees who were being ripped off for their pensions and future livelihood in the fight against environmentalists.

transient said...

Can the pepper-spraying of the dogs by the cops be prosecuted as animal cruelty?

Not that i would expect any justice from the courts, especially since in this case the cops are treating humans as if they were unwanted pests, probably with the approval of the court.

But maybe they don't have the approval of the court. Maybe the police are acting as if they are an authority unto themselves, as opposed to being in the service of the people's values, or even the courts that claim to represent the people's values.

Anyhow, it sounds like the cops inflicted what must have been a lot of pain on these dogs for no good reason, and that's against the law.

the PLAZOID said...

Peace be with you

Yes, pulling people out of their homes with guns drawn, and pepper spraying family pets is all grounds for a "counter suit." Its too early in this case to tell if that will be a reality or not.

The hearing has been rescheduled for next Tuesday. The "tenant" and the "landlord" are two separate entities.

love eternal
tad

theo therme said...

where is YeeHaw at? tell more about how that day went down....

the PLAZOID said...

Peace be with you Theo

YeeHaw is out towards Trinidad.

The land owner had an appointment with the building inspectors. Instead, on the morning of the 26th 12 Sheriffs arrived with code enforcement. They removed everyone from the property at gun point and began what appeared to one observer watching them from hidden locations in the woods as a search for marijuana. They finished their search and then went to Vilica's property and repeated what they did at YeeHaw and found 1200 plants. The same "code enforcement" type warrant was used at both locations.

Latter the County filed building code violations over people sleeping in school buses, tents, and "gray water" being dumped on the ground and in the garden. I don't know what more you want to know, but children were traumatized, a dog was peppered, sprayed, and people had guns stuck in their faces.

No neighbors complained, the owner is allowing these people to stay out of kindness, and the "tenants" are happy with the arraignment.

Now the County wants the "living" spaces brought up to code and at the same time no one to be allowed on the property.

The claim is, and I don't remember whether is was cops or code enforcement, that "they" were scared and needed that many cops. But the obvious "pot bust" at the Vilica property that same day tends to point to a warrant based on lies. The "looking for pot" plan failed and in order not to be held accountable the County conveniently found "code violations," and are attempting to run those people back to the streets of Arcata.

love eternal
tad

theo therme said...

tad,
is "YeeHaw" that place on Quarry Rd. that is sort of a commune?

the PLAZOID said...

Peace be with you theo

I'm a rider not a driver, so I can't say for sure that's the road. They live right next to a quarry, so seem logical. Well anytime homeless get together to fend for themselves it's either called a commune or an illegal camp. It sort of oscillates between between illegal camp and a commune.

They succesufully fended off an injunction to throw them off the property today in court. It was great to see the presure off them even if it is just for a brief moment. It's like Hitler and the Gypsies.

love eternal
tad

theo therme said...

is the landowner Hitler? who owns that place, an out-of-the-area landlord? and what building had 1200 plants in it? i know that trailers and small cabins litter the property, but ive never seen a building that could hold 50 grow lights....

the PLAZOID said...

Peace be with you

That's the whole point- there were no plants. The dope cops hoped there were plants, but that wasn't happening there. The landlord is local, the tenants are homeless or would be homeless if thrown off the land. They grow vegetables.

love eternal
tad

theo therme said...

who called the county for the inspection? the owner?

and what does this have to do with the villica deal? just the fact that they happened on the same day?

the PLAZOID said...

Peace be with you theo

I figure I can boil down your questions to two: "who called for the inspection?," and "What does this have to do with vilica?"

The first question: The inspection was arraigned between the county and the owner. I am pretty sure the county is the one who wanted it. However they did not come to "inspect," but to serve a warrant. There is a difference between a building inspector coming to your house and 12 sheriffs serving a warrant.

The second question: The people who got forced off the property at gun point felt it was a marijuana raid rather then a "building inspection." Two people refused to leave and witnessed sheriffs, not the building inspectors, search the property. Another tenant who was so disturbed by the heavy handed abuse from the sheriffs followed some of the sheriffs while they searched the entire piece of property (ie the woods). All of this led us to believe that the county coming on to yeehaw was a pretext for an illegal pot search.

When Heraldo started writing about Josh Hedlund we realized that the warrants were both "building inspections," both served on the same day, and both apparently looking for pot. At yeehaw however they didn't find any pot and then the county attempted to throw everyone off the property to disguise their sneaky marijuana policies.

Hope that helps.

love eternal
tad

theo therme said...

tad,
thanks for the info......

Anonymous said...

I grew up at Yee Haw if it wasn't for living there my family never would have been able to get on their feet and buy a house or afford to send me to college. Charles (the owner) is a wonderful person and a good friend. What happened is obviously horrible and uncalled for but because the community stood behind him he was at least able to keep his land.