Hero & Zero: Defenders of wildlife and abusive cops

by Nikki Silverstein

Hero: Karen Wilson, executive director of WildCare, brought the organization’s concerns (and those of more than 2,600 petition signers) about the availability of water for the Tule Elk on Tomales Point to Point Reyes National Seashore Park personnel. The meeting focused on the dire situation of elk within the fenced-in Tomales Point Reserve should their water sources once again dry up due to the drought. WildCare urged the park to provide supplemental water, because the 2014 population census of the enclosed elk herd revealed the dramatic decrease of more than 250 animals since 2012. Although we wonder why it took a request and a petition to motivate the National Park Service to act, we’re thrilled that they agreed. WildCare, thank you for continuing to aid and defend Marin’s wildlife.

Zero: When is a 5’2” septuagenarian considered a threat? When two Sausalito cops say so. We observed officers Francisco Padilla and Sean Smagalski when they responded to a call from a hyperreactive woman at the Sausalito Dog Park. She stated that Jerry, 76, threatened her during a discussion about dog behavior. Apparently, she mistook his bright green plastic Chuckit, which he used to throw balls for his dog, as a weapon. Jerry explained the incident to the cops, which incited Padilla to jab his outstretched hand an inch away from the senior’s face while he repeatedly asked whether Jerry felt threatened. Smagalski noted that physical abusers deny beating their wives. The only abusive behavior we saw emanated from the cops. What’s next?  Screaming at a 5-year-old?

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