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Felton Fire District Captain Calls for Vigilante Justice Against Homeless People
by Santa Cruz News
Tuesday Aug 27th, 2019 2:29 PM
In the wake of an alleged assault on a middle school student in the San Lorenzo Valley, Captain Daniel Bonfante of the Felton Fire Protection District has called for vigilante justice against homeless people, who he blames for the majority of crime in the area. On August 21 on Instagram, Captain Bonfante called for community members to "get the posse together" and "let the rift raft know that we are vigilant". "99% of all crime is homeless in felton right now," Bonfante said. "They are getting aggressive and don't care anymore." Photo: Captain Daniel Bonfante of the Felton Fire Protection District.
A number of individuals commented on Captain Bonfante's post to indicate that they would like to join his vigilante posse.

"Let's get it done," Chris LaVeque said in response to Bonfante's post.

Chris LaVeque is the owner of the butcher shop El Salchichero, which is located on the Westside of Santa Cruz.

Bonfante's full post on Instagram from August 21 reads as follows:

"It’s time for some mountain justice. Since the sheriff of Santa Cruz, not the actual boots on the ground deputies and sergeants who do a phenomenal job even though they are bound by the counties liberal policies, won’t do anything about the homeless population in Felton, this is the consequence. There are so many homeless living in Fall Creek Park, Covered Bridge Park, along the River, in cars on HWY 9 and the Downtown area. They are getting aggressive and don’t care anymore. An innocent girl got assaulted, and to make matters even worse the guy ran through the Junior High School, which means he ran through the elementary. Unfortunately we have become second class citizens to the homeless and our elected officials don’t give 2 shits. It’s time to get the posse together and search for this asshole and let the rift raft know that we are vigilant and we will not tolerate this anymore. #felton #santacruzcounty #slv #homeless #mountainjustice"
§August 21 Post from Captain Daniel Bonfante Calling for "Mountain Justice"
by Santa Cruz News Tuesday Aug 27th, 2019 2:29 PM
§Comments Left on Bonfante's Vigilante Post
by Santa Cruz News Tuesday Aug 27th, 2019 2:29 PM
§Comments Left on Bonfante's Vigilante Post
by Santa Cruz News Tuesday Aug 27th, 2019 2:29 PM
by Santa Cruz News Tuesday Aug 27th, 2019 2:29 PM
§Captain Daniel Bonfante (on the far left)
by Santa Cruz News Tuesday Aug 27th, 2019 2:42 PM
Felton Fire Protection District
by Indybay Volunteer Wednesday Aug 28th, 2019 11:17 AM
An email message was sent to Indybay from Fire Chief Robert Gray:

To whom it may concern:

I am writing you to request a correction in the story titled "Felton Fire District Captain Calls for Vigilante Justice Against Homeless People". Mr Bonfante and Felton Fire parted ways August 5, 2019, and he is no longer part of the Felton Fire District. Anything expressed by Mr Bonfante does not reflect the views or values of the Felton Fire district.

Felton Fire District does not support vigilante justice in any way. If I can answer any questions you may have on this issue, or any issue regarding the Felton Fire, Please do not hesitate to contact me.


Robert Gray
Fire Chief
Felton Fire Protection District
131 Kirby St.
Felton, CA 95018
Station: (831) 335 4422
Cell: (831) 332 8865
§August 30 Update from Felton Fire Protection District
by Santa Cruz News Wednesday Sep 4th, 2019 10:43 PM
August 30 update from the Felton Fire Protection District (comment on their Facebook page):

"We would like to clarify that the former volunteer who made these statements was a Captain with the department. Also, we are currently working with the Santa Cruz Sheriffs Office, while they investigate the statements and situation. Due to this, we are pending any kind of information release. Please know that when Chief Gray contacted Indybay to make a correction in the article, it was requested that they place our response in the article."

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Who said he was homeless?StevenMonday Sep 9th, 2019 9:22 PM
Vigilante Justice...Reall??Anabel BouckMonday Sep 9th, 2019 5:24 AM

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