Kudos to David Josiah Lawson's mother and brother, who are conducting themselves with such grace in the aftermath of unexpectedly losing a family member.
Pastor Phil Griggs spoke eloquently about healing, justice and showed an example to the protestors by his words on the meeting with Humboldt County District Attorney DA Maggie Fleming.
Yesterday's protest was peaceful, however, there are reports of people engaging some motorists and courtgoers in a negative fashion that were personally told to me. Kudos to Ms. Lawson, Josiah's mother, as well as his pastor letting those who have chosen to protest know that they want justice but peaceful protests.
Note the absence of Barbara Singleton and Tina Sampay yesterday and the peaceful protest.
I do have some questions not for Josiah's family, but others.
1. Michael Fennell certainly seems to have adjusted his attitude and words since last week. Is this for real or show?
2. Why is Elijah Chandler involved everytime he can get more media coverage and why is he including himself in this meeting with the DA? He is not family.
Everyone at that party, including Elijah Chandler could be considered a potential suspect. He was a witness, why is he tainting this investigation by being involved? Was he present at the meeting with the DA? As a key witness for the preliminary hearing, he had no business talking to the media. That did affect the People's case. If he is interested in Justice for Josiah, he needs to stop seeking so much attention for himself and actually do something to help the investigation.
3. I don't know who prepared that pamphlet but it has some inaccuracies/questions and since Alex Foster led the protest yesterday, maybe he could answer. I didn't get the pamphlet and I won't assume that what Andrew Goff represented about the pamphlet in today's post is accurate.
(a) I will not defend LOCO but Rhonda Parker is an exception, I wish she wasn't reporting for them because she deserves better. She is an excellent reporter who has experience for years and written for other media, way before LOCO existed.
Just because you don't like the coverage, you don't get to call it sensational. Just because one media source prints what protestors want and their version only, it does not make them accurate or correct coverage. Rhonda, North Coast News, myself and others, all reported court testimony. Many of us have worked in traditional journalism and outside the Humboldt bubble.
(c) Why are these protestors still obsessed with Zoellner and the girls with him being arrested? Why are they not asking for Renalyn Bobadilla and others like Paris Wright who were also implicated in court testimony for assault to be arrested?
(d) Why are Brother United members not coming forward to answer what they know about the owner of the house or others they know attending the party.
(e) Had Elijah Chandler and others not fueled the racial rhetoric that night and for the last month, a proper investigation could have been conducted.
(f) Yes, APD, HSU should have sent more officers, not let anyone leave the scene, checked the house but the people yelling at the police could have helped; instead they hindered. They made it unsafe for the ambulance to come in, they interfered with life saving efforts. Those seconds and actions could have made the difference in saving Josiah.
If there is to be healing, those claiming Justice for Josiah, need to listen and follow the example of Josiah's family and pastor. Stop pointing fingers, stop impeding the investigation and stop verbally attacking the media and rest of the community.