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.
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 email@example.com.