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EDITORIAL – Let’s get facts on kicking incident before we pass judgment

Image from citizen video obtained by CFJC.

An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

WE’RE ALWAYS WILLING to jump to conclusions well before the facts have been properly collected and assessed.

As revealed in a citizen video published yesterday by CFJC, there was a kicking incident outside the City’s homeless storage building on Victoria Street West across from City Hall.

The facility has become a popular hangout for street folks, who stand, sit or lay around outside the building.

It’s a bad situation, and needs to be rectified, either with a better location or with the “day lodge” concept proposed by some councillors. Until that happens, it will continue to be a trouble spot.

The video appears to show a security guard asking a man in a red jacket to move. The man shouts “F—- you!” at the guard, who throws the man to the ground and kicks him three times. As bystanders begin to converge, the guard tells them to back off.

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Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at mrothenburger@armchairmayor.ca.

About Mel Rothenburger (8130 Articles)
ArmchairMayor.ca is a forum about Kamloops and the world. It has more than one million views. Mel Rothenburger is the former Editor of The Daily News in Kamloops, B.C. (retiring in 2012), and past mayor of Kamloops (1999-2005). At ArmchairMayor.ca he is the publisher, editor, news editor, city editor, reporter, webmaster, and just about anything else you can think of. He is grateful for the contributions of several local columnists. This blog doesn't require a subscription but gratefully accepts donations to help defray costs.

1 Comment on EDITORIAL – Let’s get facts on kicking incident before we pass judgment

  1. John Noakes // March 25, 2021 at 8:34 AM // Reply

    Does the situation of having contracted security guards have anything to do with the reduction of staff at City Bylaws?
    How many actual bylaw officers are on staff now i.e. “feet on the ground” persons?
    How many cover the day shift during the week?
    How many cover the afternoon/evening shift?
    Is there any coverage on the weekends by City bylaw staff?

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