What happened in downtown Santa Cruz Saturday night almost defies words. Obviously, much will be discussed after this, including who the rioters are, what it will take to arrest them, and why police were not monitoring the “event” from the outset. I don’t know the answers, but I’m sure the questions are going to get asked.
The video posted here isn’t attributed — which means I don’t know who took it, or why. All I know is that it was posted on YouTube and it tells a disturbing story. Make your own conclusions.
Obviously, as our story posted tonight details, people are extremely upset. Once it started, cops were outnumbered and had to call for backup around the county. But how did it start? I had a family member downtown Saturday night at a movie and she said leaving Santa Cruz around 10 pm she saw a large crowd of youths, “emos,” gathered at the Town Clock. But otherwise, she said, nothing all that unusual. Within half an hour, however, some in the crowd went on a rampage.
More bad news for downtown and just a senseless and stupid assault on small business owners who are already having a hard go of it. What happened also is a reminder that tolerance long ago passed any sense of limits regarding what goes on in the city. With the recent gang killings, this leaves people even more unsettled.
Leadership gave the right answers Sunday. Enough is enough.
Strange days and nights in Santa Cruz.