Two [Four. Six? Six.] Arrested at Courthouse After Curfew
[Update 2: The North Coast Journal Blog has further details and better photos. It names Bill Thompson and Richard Gilchrist as the first two persons arrested. Both men appear to be Korea War or early Vietnam era veterans.]
[Update 3: As of 10:30 AM, the Eureka Times-Standard web site reports on Eucalyptus trees and a talent competition. There is no breaking news in Eureka. Nothing happened last evening. No protest, no vigil, no arrests. Be happy.]
[Update 4: As of Monday morning, the Eureka Times-Standard web site reports that juveniles were cited in Eureka during Arts Alive. Nothing, at least in the headlines, is reported as happening or having happened on Saturday night at the courthouse. With this, the Times-Standard gives up its final breath as a potentially legitimate news operation, and must be recognized by all for what it is. The story on the juvenile arrests can be found through this link at Google. ]
[Update 5: Tuesday morning, and the “newspaper” has put a story on its web site. It may even have printed one in the paper copy, but not on the front page. The story on the courthouse arrests can be found through this link at Google.]
Enforcing the emergency health and safety ordinance passed by four of the county’s supervisors (Virginia Bass, Clif Clendenen, Jimmy Smith, Ryan Sundberg), Sheriff’s deputies tonight arrested two persons sitting in lawn chairs on the grounds of the county courthouse. The arrests happened shortly before 10 pm. A witness said the two were older veterans who had been sitting passively prior to the arrest.
The arrests took place towards the end of a candlelight vigil at the courthouse, attended by approximately 75 – 100 persons. The vigil, according to organizers, was being held “in defense of the First Amendment” to the United States Constitution, which ensures Americans freedom of speech and assembly. Some in the crowd shouted “Sieg heil” at the deputies as they led off the arrested persons.
It was not immediately clear in what way those arrested were posing a threat to the county’s health and safety. You could ask your Supervisor.
The California Highway Patrol was present along with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department.
The text of the First Amendment is:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.