RPD Refuses to enforce the law:
Deny QOL-Reno’s citizen’s arrest request at overrun Pickett Park (Videos available on Facebook: #1 , #2)
On Wednesday, January 29 at 10:00 a.m., QOL-Reno observed that RPD was continuing to allow Pickett Park’s sheltered area and bathrooms to be taken over by illegal vagrant camps. QOL-Reno called the police and requested an officer to issue citizen’s arrest citations for QOL-Reno to sign.
QOL-Reno hoped to support RFD enforce existing law – using just 1 officer for about 2 hours, or approximately $300. All the vagrant park squatters would have been required to appear in court for their tickets, and the park would have been clean.
Instead, RPD sent 4 police cars and 5 to 6 mostly high level officers, 2 city maintenance trucks to haul the vagrants’ trash, and 2 maintenance workers, for at least 4 hours, at an estimated cost to taxpayers of $3-4,000. RPD issued ZERO citations. None of the park squatters will face any consequence for their illegal camping. None will pay court fees or fines, and they will likely return to continue squatting at the park.
The RPD officer stated that they “couldn’t make any arrests on the homeless today because of Martin v. Boise.”
RPD’s extremely narrow, timid interpretation of the Martin v. City of Boise decision is at the root of the problem. A review of the interpretation is definitely in order as other interpretations exist that would allow for better law enforcement.
“In short: the 9th Circuit did not just grant homeless people the right to camp or sleep anywhere they like at any time, nor did it bind the government’s hands in removing homeless people from public places in the interest of public health and welfare, or in preventing homeless people from setting up structures (such as tents) or accumulating possessions on public property. Rather, it simply ruled that the government can’t criminalize involuntary behavior, such as sleeping in public, for people who have no other choice. Governments have many options beyond simply criminalizing certain acts, and how jurisdictions choose to exercise their powers will no doubt be the topic of future litigation.” (source)
Finally, when QOL-Reno pointed out that some of the vagrants were leaving the park with stolen WalMart shopping carts, the RPD officer replied, “Do you work for Walmart? Why do you care? Did they steal them from you?” Could this attitude have anything to do with the large-scale retail theft growing at an alarming rate in Reno?
THE QOL-Reno HOMELESS PREMISE & CHALLENGE
PREMISE: The City of Reno – right now – has an abundant, available supply of food, employment, housing, and mental health treatment for anyone . There is NO need for the City Council to spend one dollar more on “homeless services;” to do so is a waste of taxpayers’ money and makes the homeless problem worse.
CHALLENGE: There isn’t ONE person living on Reno’s streets whom QOL-Reno cannot get housed and employed within 72 hours, IF the individual is willing to comply with the following:
• Be clean and sober
• Be willing to work
• Be willing to obey the law
• Be willing to accept mental health treatment (if needed)
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS of SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN:
WCSD schools rank last in the nation
A QOL-Reno WCSD teachers poll confirmed student discipline, strong moral values, and objective teaching to be almost non-existent
School leaders deny the facts about the above
Why would any parent keep their child enrolled in WCSD?
Contact QOL-Reno for a wide variety of education options for your child.
QOL-RENO PRESENTATIONS AVAILABLE:
“RENO’S HOMELESS SITUATION: THE REAL FACTS”
Schedule our eye-opening presentation for any size group. The speaker is Tim McGivney, Reno former homeless man and drug addict. Contact QOL-Reno to book a presentation.
POLICE, CITY WORKERS, AND WCSD TEACHERS: THE COMMUNITY NEEDS YOU TO SPEAK UP! YOU know the firsthand truth about how our city and schools are being run. The community needs to know about it. Contact QOL-Reno in complete anonymity: (775) 685-8200.
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