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SCPD ignores my advocacy for disabled homeless victim of alleged assault
John E. Colby
On July 29, 2012, disabled homeless woman Andrea Morgan was allegedly assaulted by a volunteer of the Elevation Church which provides meals on the weekends at the Homeless Services Center (HSC) while requiring diners to listen to prayers and a sermon. Ms. Morgan believes this happened because the volunteer refused to acknowledge that Ms. Morgan is disabled. Ms. Morgan, helped by my sister on my behalf as her representative and advocate, filed assault charges against this individual on July 31, 2012 with the Santa Cruz Police Department (SCPD). SCPD Officer Peabody took Ms. Morgan's testimony and her detailed notes describing the incident. He indicated to Ms. Morgan and my sister that what Ms. Morgan had described constituted assault — he said he would pass it to an SCPD detective. To our knowledge, since then the SCPD has not followed through and investigated this alleged disability motivated assault while five foot one inch tall Ms. Morgan — who suffers from chronic fatigue and exhaustion — was targeted by the HSC as knocking this 180+ pound six foot tall church volunteer to the ground, temporarily banning her from their services and putting her on notice that she could be permanently banned.

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