[UPDATE 9 p.m.] Protestors Take Over Arcata City Council Meeting Demanding Justice for Josiah
According to a reporter at the scene, they are demanding that former FBI investigator Tom Parker who worked on the case of David Josiah Lawson be brought back.Lawson was a Humboldt State University student who was stabbed to death at a party on April 15, 2017. His death and the subsequent investigation has polarized the community and is widely believed to have caused the resignation of former Arcata Police Chief Tom Chapman.
UPDATE 8:40 p.m.: The meeting has been postponed until tomorrow at 6 p.m. and will include a conversation about rehiring former FBI investigator Tom Parker but protestors are vowing to stay. Both Tom Parker and Josiah Lawson’s mother Charmaine Lawson spoke to the crowd via phone.
Arcata Interim Chief of Police Richard “Rick” Ehle told our reporter that Parker will not be asked to come back. He said that Parker is a federal investigator who doesn’t have jurisdiction to make arrests in California.
Ehle said he has hired six new investigators. One of these will be working full-time on the Lawson case.
Ehle used the word ‘incompetent’ when describing Parker, & Charmaine Lawson said by phone that she does not agree with that characterization. Centro Del Pueblo’s Renee Saucedo told Charmaine Lawson over the phone that the protestors would not leave until Arcata agreed to bring back Parker.
The mood of the crowd is angry–self-described independent journalist Tina Sampay (Slauson Girl) is very upset and grilling Arcata City Manager Karen Deimer about the incompetence of the Arcata Police officers involved in the case.
Arrests seem almost inevitable and sleeping bags are being deployed.
UPDATE 9 p.m.:
Earlier Stories about David Josiah Lawson:
- 19-Year-Old HSU Student Dies After Stabbing in Arcata Early This Morning
- 23-Year-Old McKinleyville Resident Arrested in Connection with HSU Student’s Stabbing Death
- HSU Offers Students Who Witnessed Stabbing Death Amnesty for Breaking School Rules; Asks Cooperation With Police
- Arcata Police Not Releasing Photo of Suspect in Stabbing Death for Now
- APD Received Anonymous Email About Fatal Stabbing; Pleads With Writer to Come Forward
- Celebration of the Life of Stabbing Victim Will be Held at Humboldt State University Today; Racial Bias Alleged to Have Led to Death
- Hundreds Mourn Slain HSU Student at Thursday Vigil
- Uncle of Fatal Stabbing Suspect Writes Letter to the Editor Urging Community Re-examine Public Statements Made in the Case
- Family of Arcata Stabbing Suspect Claims the Real Killer Has Not Been Caught (Includes Timeline of Events as Presented in Public Statements by Those at the Party)
- HSU and Arcata Police Issue Statements Following Release of Kyle Zoellner in the Stabbing Death of David Josiah Lawson
- District Attorney’s Office Issues Statement as Defendant in Racially Charged Case Released
- Family of Kyle Zoellner Who Was Released Today in Stabbing Death Issues Statement to Family and Friends of Victim
- Justice for Josiah Gathering Keeps Arcata Lively Tonight; Another Protest Called for Tomorrow
- Letter to the Community of Arcata from Kyle Zoellner’s Uncle
- Chanting “‘Justice for Josiah,’ Protesters Gather at the Courthouse
- Family Announces $10,000 Reward for Information Leading to Conviction of Killer of David Josiah Lawson
- APD Chief and Victim’s Mother Offer Updates on the Stabbing Death of David Josiah Lawson
- Letter From Family Member Questions Testimony of Witnesses in Hearing About Kyle Zoellner’s Possible Role in the Death of David Josiah Lawson
- ‘Reckless Statements’ Were Made by Tom Parker, and Lawson Attorney, Shelley Mack, Writes Uncle of Kyle Zoellner in Letter to the Editor