Collins: Anaheim Reverses Course on Homeless Activist Arrests

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As some of you know, recently Lou Noble and I were arrested while filming Anaheim PD on September 30th at Maxwell Park.

Thankfully I just found out the City of Anaheim will not be filing charges against either one of us. In an email sent directly to me from City Attorney Michael Houston, wrote us and informing that “the city attorney is declining to issue a complaint with respect to your recent arrest and citation. In simple terms, after review, charges are not being filed.”

I am not sure if any disciplinary action will be taken against Sgt. Boyer and others involved in this incident, but it seems to me when one takes the freedom and peace of another American citizen and acts as a criminal, such discipline should surely occur.

What if I went and physically roughed up and handcuffed an innocent citizen, drove them to a jail cell I created and then left them there for hours and then kept their cell phone from them too boot when I released them?

Also imagine that I gave them a court date in my corrupt, self-made court with the threat of future torment, fines and jail time, increasing the stress and mental anguish of the tormented for days on end.

What charges would be filed against me once police came?

Kidnapping, Assault, Battery and other felony charges for sure, so why on earth are police given free reign to do such things to those of us trying to keep them accountable by video taping them without fear of any discipline, fines or jail time?

Does a badge essentially make them above the law and able to act as criminals and thugs without any accountability?

To say this is unfair is a great understatement, and for true justice to prevail such an officer would himself be facing criminal charges at this point in time.

For those of you who have not witnessed the video of my arrest by Srgt. Boyer – here it is once again.

On a positive note, since the Anaheim Police Chief has brought an end to much of the harassment the homeless were experiencing thanks to our videos and current retraining of the police, it seems a small battle has been won for the homeless at this point.

Though this is true, as the dust settles in Anaheim streets their still remains many weak, fearful and worried homeless American citizens who have had their rights trampled on by Anaheim PD.

These homeless American citizens (including elderly men and women, the mentally ill and the handicapped), have lost much property,( including medication, blankets, food, clothing, Identification, etc. ) and though some progress is being made, the fact remains that the City of Anaheim and Anaheim PD owes these American citizens an apology, as well as reparations of some sort.

If you may doubt this, please watch the following video in its entirety, and then tell me if your doubts still remain.

Will Disney’s “Magic Kingdom” and the City of Anaheim do the right thing as a good Samaritan, and come to the aid of those who have been robbed and oppressed by Anaheim PD and others?

El Niño is coming soon, and in rainy Seattle they have already created a camp called Tent City 3 where the homeless can go for shelter and help.

Will Anaheim allow such a camp and come to the aid of those in need since the proposed homeless shelter is still not even built?

Will Anaheim continue to use oppressive laws to keep such camps out of Anaheim to their shame?

Even sleeping bags and tarps are not allowed in public parks according to Anaheim PD, and this seems akin to not allowing a blind man to have a walking stick!

Surely the bigotry and oppression must end in a city that is supposed to be known as, “The City Of Kindness.”

It appears Seattle (as well as many other cities) are making much more progress than Anaheim when it comes to being kind to the homeless and poor.

I do hope change comes soon. This is my prayer. Please join me in this prayer, and also feel free to join my Facebook group, “Homeless Advocates for CHRIST”. We surely need all the prayers and support we can get.

  • Vern Pat Nelson

    Ugh. You know I wanted to see that trial happen, Roussan! But congratulations on avoiding a hassle I know you and Lou didn’t want.

    I sure hope you guys sue though. This illegal intimidation can’t be allowed to stand.

    • Zia Back

      I agree with Vern. Very glad the City realized the mess it got itself into, but it is all the more telling that you were FALSELY ARRESTED! I really hope you and Lou are able to start the process of filing Motions for Law Suits. The City and the Police Department need to be put in their place. This is an opportunity – I hope you can exploit that opportunity for the benefit of all!

  • Rich Olquin

    Watched the video…this RJ Collins reminds me of a young Ted Hayes. He catches the police officers at the height of their frustration…that is really messed up that the Liaision Officer shared with Collins that APD has been “Ordered” to clean up the parks by harassing the Homeless every Monday and Wednesday morning between 9:30a and 11:30am. In legalese, that is called “Intent”. Based on the video,half the officers patrolling the City converge on Maxwell Park to help seize property illegally. Per the NACOLE Conference last month is Riverside, it is ILLEGAL for the police/City to seize the property…but apparently Anaheim City Council has legislated thru Municipal Code to have its officers commit crimes on a regular basis. Know the story well…Several million dollars later, we in Riverside developed programs to address our homeless problem and all it cost us is some Overtime for Senior, compassionate police officers. I pray for the good officers who have to follow orders to do those terrible things to the homeless. Sgt Boyer appears to be a good man with a Sh– job…

    • Roussan Joshua Collins

      Thanks so much for your prayers, and I do hope more officers will complain to their unions in order to bring changes. If I was an officer asked to oppress others and violate people’s rights I would refuse and search for another job if need be. These officers took an oath to protect our rights, and if they don’t protect or know our rights they definitely need to get another job. A good officer in my book is one that does good by the law, all others would have to fall into the category of criminals just as any citizen that breaks the law on a regular basis. May GOD protect the citizens of USA from those who are corrupt

  • David Zenger

    “What if I went and physically roughed up and handcuffed an innocent citizen,”

    Well, it might make you Chairman of the Board of Supervisors.

  • Roussan Joshua Collins

    just got back from speaking at city council – hopefully they will get shelter to those in need soon!