(Lawson )Arcata Police Officer Jacob Mckenzie, second police officer to arrive at Spear Avenue and the officer who applied pressure to David Josiah Lawson's wounds, corroborated what APD officer Krystale Arminio testified to earlier this week.
New information given in his testimony was that he described the knife found under the Red Ford Mustang as a "kitchen knife". It was found "more towards the driver's side of the Mustang, near the rear tire, on grass side of the vehicle."
Officer McKenzie did not remember if he was wearing gloves when he collected the knife. He also told Deputy District Attorney Jessica Watson that he did not touch the knife where the partial finger print was located.
Officer McKenzie said from the pool of blood which was about 10-20 feet away from the Red Mustang, there was a trail of blood to where Josiah's body was found.
"A man giving rescue breaths said to the victim, 'Stay with me, I feel you. I see you."
During cross examination by Kyle Zoellner's attorney, Mr. Luke Brownfield, Officer McKenzie was questioned further about collecting the knife for evidence. After showing Officer Mckenzie a photo where he was holding the knife, photographed that night at the scene, it was established that Officer McKenzie was wearing gloves and that his fingerprint would not be on the knife.
Officer Mckenzie provided some more information on how keeping the crowd back was a constant effort during giving life saving efforts to Josiah and after the EMTs arrived. He said, "As time went on and the ambulance was not on scene, the crowd became increasingly hostile."
He did clarify that not all the people were hostile. The people on the street and in the cul-de-sac were not hostile, said Officer Mckenzie. Even among the crowd surrounding Josiah, Officer Krystale Arminio and himself, he said it was a "mixed crowd"; some people getting angry; others helping by trying to get the angry people back so police could do their job.
"At one point when medical staff was there, I drew my taser," said Officer Mckenzie. He said he only had it out for "10-15 seconds" and was not pointing it anyone. He drew it because "there was one subject who git increasingly aggravated every time I asked him to step back. He said, 'Don't put your fucking hands on me. 'He started punching a window to a car. He never broke the window."
Officer McKenzie said he reholstered his taser after Officer Arminio gave him a look that indicated to him that this was not the time and place to draw his taser; it would make the crowd more hostile.
"At that point, another large male bear hugged him (the subject punching the window) and took him away."