THREE MONTHS AGO, Rick Eldridge was working in a job he loved.
He still spends a lot of time there, but now he’s unemployed and sleeping in his car or at a friend’s house.
In late March, someone took a video of him engaged in an altercation with a man loitering at the storage and shower facility used by street people across from City Hall.
Eldridge had asked him to move along and that’s when the trouble began. The video shows him throwing the man to the ground and kicking him. But it doesn’t show how the confrontation began.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.