According to reports from Davis Police, the deputy made contact with the resident at the front door of the apartment. The deputy was confronted by the resident who was wielding a knife and the deputy shot the resident.
The resident was eventually taken into custody and transported to the UC Davis Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
In most town, this would not be much more than a footnote of a story, but in Davis, it is rare that shots are fired during an incident, particularly an eviction order.
However, something is going on in Davis. On August 8, someone shot into an occupied apartment on the 1100 block of J Street. There were neither injuries nor arrests in that case.
On September 13, police responded to an individual shooting at another individual in the downtown after a large fight had been broken up. Again no injuries and no arrests.
Then on September 26, four adults were arrested at an apartment complex on Cantrill Drive.
The suspects became involved in an argument at a party in one of the apartment units at around 1 a.m. A woman left the party and returned about an hour later with her brother and two male friends, attempting to push through the front door using baseball bats and striking one of the male partygoers. One of the male suspects fired four shots at the apartment and the bullets also hit an adjacent unit. These suspects were caught trying to flee, but no injuries were reported.
What is going on in Davis? Are we seeing a changing demographic? Is it a bunch of isolated incidents that just happen to be occurring in less than two months? Is it a sign of things to come?
The issue caught the attention this past week of Councilmember Stephen Souza who asked for an informational item from the Police Chief who was not at the last council meeting.
While it is unclear if having more police officers would make any difference, given the type of incidents and their scattered nature, one thing that is a concern is that the city is not in the fiscal condition to add resources at this time. This has been one of the primary reasons, that we have been pushing for more fiscal discipline and looking at ways to reduce spending.
We hear a lot of talk about public safety when it comes to the fire department, their continued pursuit of the battalion chief model. However, we note that the police department actually saw staffing cuts in the past budget negotiation. Yes, these staffing cuts took the form of a loss of a traffic enforcement officer and the professional standards sergeant, however, the fire department who have received much higher pay hikes over the past five years were largely unscathed in the budget cuts.
In the past, we have shown a relationship between the political activism of the fire department, their large amounts of campaign expenditures compared to their police counterparts, and the larger employee salary increases.
And yet now if there is a threat to the city, it’s not from an increased fire danger, as we have modern buildings with excellent construction standards that do not generally lead to structure fires. However, as we have seen, the biggest threat to public safety is probably twofold.
First, the lack of resources to make infrastructure upgrades.
Second, the threat of increased crime in part due to the economic downturn and both the need for some to resort to extralegal means to survive, which has manifest itself in a possible increase in property crime in Davis. At the same time, there is a level of frustration about diminished prospects that may lend itself to more violent crimes.
Again one of the biggest concerns with the budget situation is that the city may find itself without the available resources to deal with these kinds of problems.
The Public CEO on Saturday made reference to an article in the Redding Spotlight Record.
“Redding firefighters have agreed to wage concessions that will prevent the closure of a fire station on Westside Road in south Redding, the layoff of six firefighters and the demotion of six others. The concessions, announced Friday, represent about a 12.4 percent pay cut for the 71 fire department workers represented by the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1934.”
The chief motivation was to avoid the inevitable service cuts that would have resulted from the closure of a station and the layoff of personnel.
Unfortunately right now Davis is not following this type of models. We need to look for ways that we can avoid service cuts to the Davis residents. We need to remember that service cuts take many different forms and some of these cuts may make it more difficult for us to respond to new types of threats in the city. If we lock in these higher salaries because things do not look *that* bad at present, we may be looking at further service cuts down the road when we have to respond to public safety threats whether it be increased crime or crumbling infrastructure.
—David M. Greenwald reporting