By Ward Draper. So here is what we know. Roy was hospitalized after being shot with bean bags and rubber bullets because he was wielding a knife.
After this incident an email chain was started on the next steps regarding Roy and his belongings.
APD, ACS, Salvation Army, The 5 and 2, and a city councillor were all contacted to figure out responses to this challenging situation. Bylaws told us Roy’s stuff wouldn’t be touched until after the meeting and a plan formed.
Apparently while we were circling our plan City brass were about thier own plan. They contacted one group which is not typically contacted and created a strategy which negated to contact the primary agencies.
A contractor with no knowledge of our homeless community was sent to clean the camp. They were told to throw out anything that looked like garbage and keep the rest to be stored.
They threw out almost everything.
They allowed looting.
All his bedding, tarps and tools gone.
The city should have contacted Salvation Army and the 5 and 2 but they didn’t. They went after a man’s home while he is incapacitated, they didn’t contact the right people, they failed again in communicating and failed again in protecting the broken, they again demonstrated a lack of integrity and thoughtfulness.