RENO HOT SHEET
SPECIAL EDITION – UPDATE
(Sooner than expected)
Reno Police Department Addresses
Crime/Homeless Issues at Pickett Park
QOL-Reno Cancels Saturday Citizen’s Arrest Activity
QOL-Reno visited Pickett Park on Thursday, October 10, to hand out fliers to homeless squatters, announcing QOL-Reno’s planned Citizen’s Arrest activity for this Saturday, October 12, 2019.
To its pleasant surprise, QOL-Reno found an RPD officer supervising two squatters while they cleaned up the covered picnic area and restrooms. Four barrels of trash had been dumped into containers, the concrete floor had been cleaned, picnic tables were neatly arranged, and the two piles of personal belongings that remained were neatly stacked against a tree. Only two permanent squatters remained by the overhang, instead of the usual 8-12+, and no criminal activity was apparent.
Several long-term camping tents were still being allowed to remain however, on the border of the park, only because RPD has chosen to interpret the 9th Circuit Court ruling more liberally than necessary.
The result of RPD’s clean-up is that as of Thursday afternoon, nothing remains that could be cited as a citizen’s arrest at Pickett Park.
Therefore, QOL-Reno is cancelling its Saturday activity.
RPD proved conclusively that they CAN keep our parks free of garbage, human waste, drug use, and criminal activity when they WANT to. QOL-Reno will continue to monitor this improved situation at Pickett Park and report on it to the community.
QOL-RENO WILL CONTINUE TO PROACTIVELY DO THE FOLLOWING:
- HELP any homeless individuals who sincerely want to leave that situation
- Support RPD’s efforts to ELIMINATE the illegal camps of criminals hiding themselves behind the “homeless” label, and prevent them from ruining Reno’s safety, environment, and water quality.
QOL-Reno thanks everyone who had planned to participate in the Citizen’s Arrest activity on Saturday. We look forward to working with you on future projects.