Last night Port O Call received this email threat from “Our Town” founder, Chelsea Ward.
Hi again Dale,
I was wondering if you ever even looked up the police reports on the so called pepper spraying incidents that were dropped? [ Editor’s note, charges were not “dropped” but Prosecutor Mark Nichols, longtime friend of Our Town, refused to prosecute] Also, if you don’t stop with your insane rampage against Our Town I will be taking legal action against you. This is your warning. You are creating unnecessary issues for people that do not deserve to have your lies, slander and incredibly damaging rumors being spread in the town we are trying to help. I will not back down to you and I know that this town will support me in my mission.
(Editor’s Note: This is at least the second time County Prosecutor, Mark Nichols declined to prosecute crimes committed by the vigilante wing of Our Town. Readers may remember last summer when three armed intruders entered into a homeless camp and tossed the belongings of the homeless and threw their food in the mud while taking photos of the homeless woman saying, “this is your 15 minutes of fame.” When asked why he declined to prosecute Nichols said, “there was two sides to the story.” Whereupon Port O Call asked, “have you ever been in a trial that did not have “two sides?”)
Just as a reminder this is the online discussion at Port Angeles Unearthed of “Our Town” from two months ago.
Picking “Our Town” Apart
Thanks to a concerned reader for sending along all the screen snaps! They are appreciated and revealing. In fact, here’s a very revealing one right here:
Let’s dissect this one paragraph from Chelsea Ward, shall we?
First, she gives us more names, which is always useful. The more everyone knows who is involved with this “Our Town” insanity, the better.
Next, let’s note the loaded language that bitter nutcase Chelsea uses. (Get that one, Chelsea?) In public, these “Our Town” clowns do generally try to stick to less inflammatory descriptors, like “homeless camp.” But in private, well, Chelsea just knows it’s “trashed” and that the people there are “junkies.” But
I’m gonna bet that Chelsea had never been there, and didn’t actually know the people there. (Freely making assumptions as so many of these hypocritical criminals do…) It never hurts to dehumanize your victims, eh?
Then, from loaded words we go to coded words. They have gotten permission for a handful (or gang) of trusted “Our Town” members (who can be counted on to do violence and/or keep their mouths shut) to enter the property and “clean it out” (do violence to those found there).
Two notes on this supposed permission. One is that if the owners knew there were people camping there illegally, why didn’t they just call the real, actual law? Why would they go with these thugs? And speaking of those thugs…If they had permission to be there ahead of time, I don’t recall any of them mentioning that in the police report or (in the case of stupid, stupid Shea) in comments to the PDN.
Moving on, Chelsea explains that because of this permission, the “Our Town” goons will “no longer be considered trespassers when we go back there.” Which is a classic inadvertent admission that they had been back there before, harassing these people before.
Finally, please note that, after all the seeming words of permission and comfort that she has offered, Chelsea ends by stating that “These clean ups will be behind the scenes for a while…” This seems like a clear tacit acknowledgment that what they are discussing and doing is, in fact, not ready for public consumption, no doubt due to the thuggish and illegal nature of it.
But hey, those are just my thoughts. I’m sure you’ll have plenty of your own. In the meantime, please keep those “Our Town” materials coming. As we can all see, this problem has gotten so big that even the PDN has had to write an article about it.
Better late than never, Paul…