Celebration of the Life of Stabbing Victim Will be Held at Humboldt State University Today; Racial Bias Alleged to Have Led to Death
As a memorial for the victim of Saturday’s stabbing takes place today, some students of color at Humboldt State University are raising questions about racial bias leading to the young man’s death.
Family, friends, and members of the community will gather to remember the 19-year-old who was stabbed to death early last Saturday morning.
Numerous students who were present at the party have many concerns over the ways in which the police responded to the scene of the stabbing. Students have stated online and on-campus that the police who responded to the 911 call were more active in trying to contain and control the crowd of Black people at the party, than helping the stabbed student who lay bleeding out under a tree in bushes. A cop is said to have had his taser out threatening to tase people.
Students also have questions as to what took the ambulance so long to arrive on scene. Reports are that the scene needed to be cleared by police before the EMT could approach, but I still think more could have been done in a timely manner within police protocol to get Josiah medical attention once police around on scene.
At HSU, we remain focused on supporting our students and doing all we can for Josiah’s family. Our University Police are continuing to assist the Arcata Police Department, which is leading the investigation. Looking ahead, we will insist that everything possible will be done to pursue justice for Josiah.
The mother of Lawson wrote yesterday on a GoFundMe page which has raised almost $20,000,
We are on our way right now to bring DJ home, so please keep us in your prayers as we travel to Humboldt. We are thankful for the Humboldt community for their graciousness, and continued support your love has been profoundly felt.