About half a dozen friends and supporters spoke today at the county supervisors meeting during the public comment period, addressing their attention to the fact that tad is in the humboldt county jail, 2 weeks into his hunger strike, resulting from his being removed and arrested during a board of supervisors meeting in January. The supervisors were reminded of what happened and asked what they were going to do about it.
After all of the public comments were done, the supervisors made their responses, allowing no more time after their comments forthe public to speak.
They said that they were not responsible for what happened.
Supervisor Mark Lovelace called the report of the arrest “false,” and tried to defuse the idea that tad was physically dragged from the room. Though tad was not dragged from the room, he was indeed escorted out by a bunch of cops when he had every right to be in that meeting.
Lovelace also said that tad’s arrest had nothing to do with anything that happened in the meeting room, but failed to explain why then 6 cops came into the meeting room and told tad that he had to leave the meeting (after he was done talkinig and had left the podium), if it had nothing to do with anything that happened in that meeting.
One of them repeated the fact that tad was convicted of resisting arrest, as if that in any way justifies or explains the arrest that he was accused of resisting, and that he refused probation (2 years), as if refusing probation somehow justifies tad being put in jail or being punished at all for what happened that day.
Supervisor Lovelace claimed that he heard tad saying “arrest me” to the cops outside of the meeting room. Supervisor Jill Duffy summarized her lack of empathy with tad in her statement that “tad made a choice.” She didn’t mention which “choice” tad “made” that resulted in the cops getting called in, or him getting escorted out of the meeting.
The supervisors said nothing about the Bar-O Boys Ranch that was repeatedly brought up by public commentors. None of them offered an explanation for why tad was treated so rudely when he spoke. None of them apologized or made any mention of advocating for tad in any way.