City of Arcata press release:
The National Police Foundation (NPF) has completed its independent review of the Arcata Police Department’s (APD) response to the homicide of David Josiah Lawson and released its final report.
“The NPF review and analysis took a considerable amount of time, and the recommendations contained in the report will draw new attention to this unresolved case and assist the Police Department with implementing changes that will continue to serve our community well into the future,” said Arcata Mayor Michael Winkler of the report.
“It was important to us, and to our community, that this report be released in full. The purpose of this analysis is to identify current best practices in policing to strengthen the service we provide.
Transparency is crucial to maintain building relationships between community members and our Police Department and for making continuous improvements,” said Arcata City Manager Karen Diemer of the report’s release.
The 65-page report focuses on the first 72 hours of the Arcata Police Department’s investigation of the homicide and several months following. This report contains 36 recommendations for the Police Department to implement.
Recommendations suggested by the NPF review team include making improvements to police training, organizational leadership, planning, supervision and to include contingencies for responding to large-scale incidents. While acknowledging that first responders should initially focus on life saving efforts as occurred in this incident, the review team also identified issues and areas for the APD to improve upon, such as utilizing additional management oversight for preliminary and ongoing investigations of violent crimes.
The review team noted that 22 public safety members from multiple agencies throughout the region responded to Arcata to assist the APD during the initial response to this incident. The NPF is a proponent of collaboration and encouraged the City’s regional public safety partners to continue to work together on cases that require significant resources. This type of response provides the base for enhanced coordination in the future.
Following the time period reviewed by the NPF, the City hired out-of-area career homicide detectives to review and build the investigative case submitted to the District Attorney in November 2018, and in February 2019, a Criminal Grand Jury declined to indict any individual based on their review of the case.
This case remains an open investigation for the Arcata Police Department which is committed to solving the case, bringing justice and holding those responsible accountable.
Anyone with information regarding the murder of David Josiah Lawson is encouraged to call the APD’s 24-hour confidential tip-line at (707) 825-2590 or the APD Dispatch Center at (707) 822-2424.
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PREVIOUS LoCO COVERAGE OF THE LAWSON CASE:
- Jail Records Reveal Name of Suspect in Fatal Arcata Stabbing
- Arcata Police Receive Anonymous Email Detailing Specifics of Arcata Homicide, Beg Author to Come Forward; Suspect Officially Named
- ‘He Was the One’: Josiah Lawson, Humboldt State Student and President of Brothers United, Remembered at Campus Prayer Service
- Zoellner Pleads Not Guilty to Arcata Stabbing Murder; Bail Set at $1 Million
- United by Tragedy, HSU Community Celebrates the Life and Mourns the Death of David Josiah Lawson
- ‘It Should Not Have Happened’: Friend of Arcata Murder Victim Believes Racism Delayed the Emergency Medical Response That Could Have Saved His Life
- ARCATA MURDER HEARING: First Witnesses Cast Doubt on Whether the Police Department’s Suspect Could Have Stabbed Victim; More Testimony Coming Tomorrow
- ARCATA MURDER HEARING: Witness Testifies That Lawson and Zoellner Were Grappling as the Victim Bled; Police Officer Describes Chaotic Crime Scene
- ARCATA MURDER HEARING: Friends Testify on ‘Girl Fight’ Between Lawson and Zoellner’s Girlfriends Prior to Fatal Stabbing
- ARCATA MURDER HEARING: More Testimony on the Knife Found at the Scene; Lawson’s Friend Testifies He Saw Zoellner Drop Something Shiny
- Judge Dismisses Case Against Kyle Zoellner, McKinleyville Man Arrested in Stabbing Death of HSU Student David Josiah Lawson
- Arcata’s Police Chief, Vice Mayor React to Zoellner Hearing Ruling
- ARCATA MURDER HEARING: Kyle Zoellner to Be Released After Judge Reinholtsen Rules Not Enough Evidence to Hold Him For Stabbing Death of Josiah Lawson
- (PHOTOS) Protesters March Through Arcata Demanding ‘Justice for Josiah’
- HSU Faculty, UPD, Brothers United Participate in Radio Town Hall on Lawson Case Tonight; Arcata Mayor Releases Statement; HSU Walk Out Planned Tuesday
- (PHOTOS/VIDEO) After Busy Week, Family and Friends of Josiah Lawson Still Seeking Justice
- Josiah Lawson’s Mother Offers $10k Reward for Information Leading to the Conviction of Son’s Killer
- Arcata Calls in Outside Investigators, Approves $21K Reward for Info Leading to Conviction of Lawson Killer
- Kyle Zoellner Appears in Court to Request Law Enforcement Return His Cell Phone, Laptops; Judge Says No
- (VIDEO) This Morning’s Lawson Murder Press Conference Offers Few Updates
- Public Investigator Working With APD in Josiah Lawson Case
- Kyle Zoellner, Once Suspected of Homicide in David Josiah Lawson Slaying, Files Claim Against City of Arcata For Defamation, Pain and Suffering, Emotional Distress
- (PHOTOS) Hundreds Turn Out for Eureka MLK Day People’s Rally and March for Justice
- DA: Grand Jury Declines to Indict Anyone in David Josiah Lawson Case
- (VIDEO) Justice for Josiah Activists Hold First Monthly Vigil Since Grand Jury Decision; Charmaine Lawson Vows to Keep Fighting
- ‘Justice For Josiah’ Advocates Demand Arcata City Council Turn Lawson Case Over to the State
- Arcata Police Release Images of Potential Josiah Lawson Stabbing Witnesses, Ask Public’s Help
- TWO YEARS
- (WATCH) ‘Who Killed Josiah?’: Documentary Takes a Look at the Lawson Case
- California Attorney General’s Office Says it Will Not Take On Josiah Lawson Case
- (VIDEO) ‘Justice for Josiah’ Activists Shut Down Arcata City Council Meeting