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The DA’s office (and Paul Gallegos) have been added to the lawsuit filed by five PEOPLE PROJECT participants demanding accountability for violations of human rights occurring in the police and DA raid on a 2007 homeless encampment in Arcata, CA. The plaintiffs are demanding that the day and night harassment of homeless people by police be stopped immediately.

The DA’s office is being sued because it participated in the raid and continues to perpetuate the criminalizing of poor people, including those who live without housing.

See the FIRST AMENDED COMPLAINT FOR DAMAGES AND DECLARATORY AND INJUNCTIVE RELIEF FOR VIOLATIONS OF CIVIL RIGHTS (and commission of other wrongs), filed May 13, 2009.

See June 10, 2009 Press Release
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Memorial service held for murdered Redding homeless man

By Jim Schultz
Saturday, May 2, 2009

Although he was homeless, Timothy Lee Alcorn had many friends and loved ones.

A standing-room-only crowd filled McDonald’s Redding Chapel on Friday to honor him and his family shortly before his cremated remains were interred at Redding Memorial Park.

Alcorn, 48, was found beaten to death on April 20 in a wooded area near the old Masonic Lodge in Redding.

Those entering the chapel for the memorial service Friday morning walked past a collage of photographs that included Alcorn as a boy dressed in his football uniform and as a freshly scrubbed elementary school student with his entire life filled with promise before him.

Another display featured certificates of accomplishment of which Alcorn was proud.

The service included prayers and songs by his family members

Alcorn may have had his faults, but he was a peaceful child of God, said his brother-in-law, David Picciuto, pastor of the Church of Jesus Christ in Modesto, who delivered the eulogy.

“They didn’t take the life of a bum,” he said of three teenagers accused of murdering Alcorn. “They took the life of a prince.”

Saying there is evil everywhere, Picciuto encouraged those at the service to accept Christ and help combat that evil.

“I hope something from this (tragedy) will turn into something beautiful,” he said.

Earlier in the morning, Christian motorcyclists held a brief service near the crime scene before proceeding to the chapel.

Jim Schultz can be reached at 225-8223 or at jschultz@redding.com.
E.W. Scripps Co.

Paul Davis comforts his friend Diane Dillon Friday during Timothy Lee Alcorn’s funeral services at McDonald’s Chapel.

Paul Davis comforts his friend Diane Dillon Friday during Timothy Lee Alcorn’s funeral services at McDonald’s Chapel. “It’s really sad because Tim lived behind Masonic for 10 years…now these newcomers are coming in and we’re kind of scared,” Dillon said, “He was a very kind person.” Davis said he was one of Alcorn’s best friends. Nathan Morgan/Record Searchlight

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Paul Davis comforts his friend Diane Dillon Friday during Timothy Lee Alcorn’s funeral services at McDonald’s Chapel. “It’s really sad because Tim lived behind Masonic for 10 years…now these newcomers are coming in and we’re kind of scared,” Dillon said, “He was a very kind person.” Davis said he was one of Alcorn’s best friends.

HERE is the link to the article.

Teens plotted to rob and beat homeless man in murder case, police say

See article HERE

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