As usual, North Coast Journal's recent article, "Is this criminal assault?" is hardly "investigative" journalism; more like yellow journalism and the usual half baked regurgitated information from court documents without addressing crucial facts that NCJ seems to thrive on to sell a desperately sinking, irrelevant weekly rag.
You think they would have learned from the boo-boo they made in the Gary Lee Bullock case. Read this post for a reminder. http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2016/04/clarifying-errors-in-mainstream-media.html?m=1
But arrogance reigns supreme, when your fellow journalists are mostly your pals and others in the local media have not been around long enough or too busy covering real news to check on your incompetency.
In NCJ's own article, Thad Greenson states, "It’s been almost four years since the Eureka Police Department and the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office held a rare joint press conference on April 17, 2013"; going on further to state "Four months earlier, shortly before midnight on Dec. 6, 2012, EPD received a report of a gang fight near Twenty-Thirty Park on Summer Street. In that same article, the male suspect is allegedly carrying a a golf club, and told police officers he was drunk, and fled when he saw the police officer.
In typical sloppy NCJ reporting, we are to assume who that officer was.
In 2014, that case was dismissed by the People. NCJ still persisted in filing a lawsuit, touting their own victory in getting it released, finally this year. Must be nice to have all that ad revenue and money to waste on a video that turned out to be a whole lot of nothing; not to mention, no proof it is the only video or the complete video.
Former Sgt. Adam Laird was the only one out of four officers that night to be arrested. His attorney, Mr. Patrik Griego in his defense brought up several points; including the fact that in other cases, EPD had handled the matter internally; that his client was being targeted for certain political alliances and views, and that according to witness statements and reports, "the juvenile was a member of a violent local gang that had recently threatened to ambush a Eureka cop."
Here is the link to the video from the EPD transparency portal:
Watch it for yourself.
People will have different opinions based on their experience and opinions of police officers.
Why is a video from a court case that was dismissed in 2014, in which former Sgt. Laird was never found guilty of anything, a case that will never be refiled again and the fact that Sgt. Laird honorably retired and is now self employed, relevant news? Why is NCJ dragging this out?
On Thursday, December 22, 2016 at approximately 11:30 p.m. Humboldt County Deputies responded to a residence on the 200 block of Pine Drive in Salmon Creek for a report of a home invasion that had just occurred. Deputies met with a 69 year old female victim who stated she was awakened by two suspects entering her unlocked residence. The suspects covered her head, tied her hands and demanded money. The victim was unable to provide cash, at which point the suspects ransacked her residence, taking her cell phone, social security card, and passport. The suspects then fled the area on foot in an unknown direction.