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Arcata Housing Encampment Raided by Police!
A homeless encampment at 11th and D Streets in Arcata, CA was raided this morning by police. Police used violent and brutal tactics to arrest 16 people.
On the morning of April 25, 2007 a homeless encampment in the city of Arcata, CA was raided by police. About 35 to 50 campers had assembled on a grassy area near the old Community Center. Arcata Police, Humboldt State Univ. Police, Eureka Police, Fortuna Police, Calif. Highway Patrol, Humboldt County Sheriff's office and the local DA's office were all present. Excessive force, violent force and police brutality were spotted at several points. Officers were applying pressure/pain points holds, wrestling people, pushing observers and tazered a man who then had a seizure. A meeting is planned tonight to discuss further action. The encampment was organized by Arcata People Project, a collective working for a sustainable, eco-friendly campground for homeless folks in the Arcata area.