As We See It: As We See It: Intimidation, not activism in Santa Cruz incident

A front-page story published in Tuesday's Sentinel about an incident involving animal rights activists targeting a UC Santa Cruz medical researcher is drawing worldwide attention. Full Story
UC worker

Santa Cruz, CA

#1 Feb 26, 2008
Although at this time there is no overt connection to the tree sit on campus, I wouldn't dismiss a connection either. Conversations with various students and the various leaflets handed out by the tree sit folks show a range of issues and motivations. The issues raised include protecting the trees, stopping all UC growth, stopping local UC growth, and opposition to the specific building proposed at the tree sit site.

Santa Cruz, CA

#2 Feb 26, 2008
This sort of behavior will not, and should not, be tolerated within any community. The use of mob-style intimidation tactics, especially within the home, is unacceptable. We should be prepared to do whatever is required to bring these thugs to justice. Any information on the whereabouts of these perpetrators should be made public.

San Francisco, CA

#3 Feb 26, 2008
The root cause of this event is the spread of the Hinduism, and Buddism in the west.
moronconservativ e

Santa Cruz, CA

#4 Feb 26, 2008
agreed, kirk. It is also because of the rap music, the gay marriage, all those damn communiss' and their fluoridation conspiracy...

Pittsburgh, PA

#5 Feb 26, 2008
How ironic it is that some people are poisoning and trapping field mice in kitchens and food service areas, for the purpose of protecting the public from disease.
And meanwhile, some "activists" are terrorizing researchers and their families for the purpose of saving laboratory mice which are used for studying ways to protect the public from disease.

San Jose, CA

#6 Feb 26, 2008
This is more akin to an ongoing series of hate crimes than a political protest, and should be treated accordingly. The woman (as always, it seems) who was the target of the attack is about as far away from these idiot's caricature as is imaginable. Santa Cruz is like fascist version of Berkeley with a lobotomy.

Turlock, CA

#7 Feb 26, 2008
Wow...this is the most well written article I've seen in the Sentinel in YEARS. EXCELLENT Job!

Santa Cruz, CA

#8 Feb 26, 2008
Lisa wrote:
How ironic it is that some people are poisoning and trapping field mice in kitchens and food service areas, for the purpose of protecting the public from disease.

And meanwhile, some "activists" are terrorizing researchers and their families for the purpose of saving laboratory mice which are used for studying ways to protect the public from disease.
You hit the nail on the head, Lisa.
Pleasantly surprised

San Francisco, CA

#9 Feb 26, 2008
I am please to see the Sentinel take this stance on the events that occurred on Sunday.
Targeting someone in their home especially when their children are present is completely out of line.
Almost native

San Jose, CA

#10 Feb 27, 2008
thank you...for finally taking a stance on things like this. I am embarassed for the community who live here permanently, to be 'represented' by this type of thug. Our world has become 100% intolerant. We all have different views -- and we are entitled to them. But not to the point of shoving them down others' throats. Make your point in an adult way -- don't you dare use intimidation and force on a person doing her job.. that research might save you someday....too bad we can't select NOT to help you out. You are criminals, not activists. Shame on you.
hadenough-santa cruz

Union City, CA

#11 Feb 27, 2008
I believe that those individuals that forced their way into the home of the attacked are extremely lucky that they werent shot, which is what I would be inclined to do if masked unknown individuals broke into my house when my wife and children were there.....They protect mice, I protect my family.
I care

Santa Cruz, CA

#12 Feb 27, 2008
I too am pleased that the Sentinel is taking a stance. A follow-up on the importance of biomedical research, not just for critically ill people but for our everyday living and health (vaccines, antibiotics, countless others), would be fantastic. This is an excellent opportunity to educate the community on these issues.

San Jose, CA

#13 Feb 27, 2008
How much was Sentinel paid to post this Fox News-esque opinion?
Once again, stop being hippiecrites. If the readers/commenting haters had the tables turned, and were standing up for some cause they believed in (based on their hate, probably something ignorant like "anti-abortion" "protesting gay marriage" or "force 'Under God' to be in the pledge of allegiance"), you know, something they were passionate about, the perspective would be turned. They would all of a sudden feel like their constitutional rights were violated, and they were misinformed by the press. But since people don't care about the cause, they can't empathize.

San Jose, CA

#14 Feb 27, 2008
UCSC kids are obnoxious pretentious indie-pop kids here on daddy's dime, but they are hardly a threat. I am not excusing them, but this is blown way out of proportion. The kids deserve their proper punishment. But the police should not be excused for violating rights. The police need no defense. If you think the SCPD are making your life safer, then you are so wrong. Its not UCSC kids constantly stabbing, raping, selling meth, and thieving around town. Almost every time there is a Cops and Courts about some violence, the bottom of the article reads "No Arrests Made". Its (usually) not the hipster vegans that making this town an unsafe place at night.
Friend and neighbor

Santa Cruz, CA

#15 Feb 29, 2008

I am biased because I know the family whose house was the target of the initial incident. But I see no violation of rights by the PD in this case.

They had went to an address because a witness to the incident got a license number that linked to that address.

When denied entry, they backed off, watched the house,and got a warrant. This is called securing the scene, and has been upheld to be legal by appellate courts.

Faced with a growing, hostile crowd outside, they brought in reinforcements. You can watch the video posted on Indybay and see for yourself that the crowd was hostile.

When the occupants of the house still refused to open their door, the police broke it down and executed the warrant. The crowd outside has no right to see the warrant, and the occupants don't need to be shown the warrant until the police are inside and the inside is secure.

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