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Operation: Wake Up and Move!

Report from April 12, 2009

 

For years now, the homeless have been permitted to sleep on the property of St. Bernard's Catholic Church without incident. Being one of the homeless who do so, I have befriended both Father Allen and the caretaker, Fritz. When the Father steps out of his door every morning to fetch his paper, he has continued to acknowledge my presence with "Good Morning Curtis". Once I'm finally up and ready to take on the day, I use the restroom that Fritz opens for us to use. This has remained routine since at least the early 90's.

 

Quotes from Sgt. Rodrigo Reyna-Sanchez

These are only a few of things we have been told that Eureka PD's Sanchez has said to people:

 

"No one will miss you if I shoot you in the back of the head"

 

"Do you go to this church? Well I am Catholic and I do go to this church [not true], and I don't want you sleeping at my church"

 

"If I see you again sitting anywhere with your blanket, I will take you to jail."

 

"You'd be better off in prison" [to homeless and disabled woman]

 

"You wrote a letter calling me a liar. That's why I'm giving you a ticket."