Coming soon on PAPA-TV
This week while filming the latest episode of “Now You Know,” a public affairs interview program hosted by Dale Wilson, the crew filming the episode broke into tears when a 50-something year old, formerly homeless lady told of her experience getting beat up by a group of local youth.
She was sleeping under the only roof she had, the Liberty Bell replica at Veteran’s Park on Lincoln Street. Last summer, just before dark, they rode up on bicycles, dragged her out of her sleeping bag, beat and kicked her, breaking several ribs, breaking her glasses and detaching her retina.
She spent six weeks in the hospital recovering only to be turned out onto the streets again. After a few more weeks on the streets and with the help of community volunteer, Tony Cook and others she was finally provided new glasses and placed in a secure living situation with the help of Serenity House.
Somehow we have failed our young people if they think it okay to beat up a defenseless 90-pound destitute female living on the streets.
Of course they cannot fully feel the error of their ways when the county’s prosecuting attorney, Mark Nichols will not prosecute charges laid by the local law enforcement agencies in instances such as this. Both the Port Angeles Police Department and the Clallam County Sheriff’s Department have referred charges against this type of cowardice yet Nichols more often that not refuses to prosecute them.
This gives others the green light to target and abuse homeless and vulnerable individuals.
Further compounding the problem the city council of Port Angeles has not yet had a serious conversation about how to deal with the problem of homelessness in town. They pretend these are out-of-towners coming here to bask in the generosity of the locals.
Actually, most of the homeless in town are sons and daughters of Port Angeles–many graduating high school here and working good jobs until the economy tanked in 2008.
This episode of “Now You Know” will air sometime next week on Channel 21 of the Wave Cable line-up and also streamed from PAPA’s website at: