Monte Merrick 
Member since Jul 3, 2013

Recent Comments

Re: “Private Agenda Missionaries?

Dear Stephen, the consensus you claim to be anxious to build won't get built by bullying others into not voicing their opinions. Mary Ella Anderson expressed her concerns but advocated only for public participation in the processes of public agencies and committees and commissions. She didn't call anyone or their ideas chicken shit, or shiite, which is what? 'cleverly' disguised anti-islamic petty-hate speech?

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Posted by Monte Merrick on 03/20/2014 at 7:54 AM

Re: “This season

Catherine Munsee, you've got some nice poems in this paper...

Posted by Monte Merrick on 02/19/2014 at 11:14 PM

Re: “Stillman Out, Strehl In on NCRA Board After Bizarre Meeting of Mayors

this seems like a news story from some county in Texas. good reporting (ryan burns is a boon to local journalism) but definitely creepy.

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Posted by Monte Merrick on 07/16/2013 at 10:01 PM

Re: “Co-op Security Company Defends Officer Actions

North Coast Co-op Dear Community Members,

The recent media coverage of one of our loss prevention officers arresting a shoplifter is unfortunate, as it inaccurately portrays the facts of this confidential incident. We can assure you that the situation was handled professionally. The loss prevention officer involved in the incident is a professionally trained post-certified law enforcement officer who reasonably responded defensively to apprehend an aggressive and combative shoplifter.

Police officers and security personnel must use special handhold and takedown techniques to subdue combative or violent suspects. The technique consists of a series of moves designed to control and bring a suspect down to the ground with the least amount of force, and injury to the arresting officer and the suspect. It is standard law enforcement procedure taught in any law enforcement training academy. After properly identifying himself as loss prevention for the Co-op, it became necessary to use reasonable force allowed by law to detain and apprehend the subject that was uncooperative, combative, and a safety concern. Our officer is required to make split decisions where safety is concerned, and he works hard to make sure any stop is resolved peacefully and cooperatively.

We wish we didn’t have regular incidents that require a contract with a loss prevention company, but both of our stores face very different situations--almost daily--that warrant asking for outside assistance. The number of verbal and physical assaults on our employees reached a point where we no longer felt equipped to manage it internally, and we made the decision to contract with a loss prevention company a few years ago. Over the years the number and nature of the theft in our area has increased and gotten more violent and we have been grateful to have a loss prevention officer on sight for the safety of our employees and shoppers, in addition to deterring theft.

With regards to the citizen's camera, the loss prevention officer’s sole concern in contacting the camera owner was to request that the owner of the camera not publicize the photos in order to protect the identity of the perpetrator and the officer. Unfortunately, the media failed to mention that the loss prevention officer was accompanied by a local police officer when the attempt to contact the camera owner was made.

We hope that you can understand the position we are in to protect the perpetrator and that we conduct a thorough investigation of each incident. We recognize that how this situation is handled is very important to you. We care deeply about the community and thank those of you who have continued to support us over the years.

If you have further questions about this incident, please contact Melanie Bettenhausen at 826-8670 ext. 132 or melanieb@northcoastco-op.com

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Posted by Monte Merrick on 07/03/2013 at 11:26 PM

Re: “Arcata Co-op Security Accused of Using Excessive Force

North Coast Co-op replies on its facebook page:
Dear Community Members,

The recent media coverage of one of our loss prevention officers arresting a shoplifter is unfortunate, as it inaccurately portrays the facts of this confidential incident. We can assure you that the situation was handled professionally. The loss prevention officer involved in the incident is a professionally trained post-certified law enforcement officer who reasonably responded defensively to apprehend an aggressive and combative shoplifter.

Police officers and security personnel must use special handhold and takedown techniques to subdue combative or violent suspects. The technique consists of a series of moves designed to control and bring a suspect down to the ground with the least amount of force, and injury to the arresting officer and the suspect. It is standard law enforcement procedure taught in any law enforcement training academy. After properly identifying himself as loss prevention for the Co-op, it became necessary to use reasonable force allowed by law to detain and apprehend the subject that was uncooperative, combative, and a safety concern. Our officer is required to make split decisions where safety is concerned, and he works hard to make sure any stop is resolved peacefully and cooperatively.

We wish we didn’t have regular incidents that require a contract with a loss prevention company, but both of our stores face very different situations--almost daily--that warrant asking for outside assistance. The number of verbal and physical assaults on our employees reached a point where we no longer felt equipped to manage it internally, and we made the decision to contract with a loss prevention company a few years ago. Over the years the number and nature of the theft in our area has increased and gotten more violent and we have been grateful to have a loss prevention officer on sight for the safety of our employees and shoppers, in addition to deterring theft.

With regards to the citizen's camera, the loss prevention officer’s sole concern in contacting the camera owner was to request that the owner of the camera not publicize the photos in order to protect the identity of the perpetrator and the officer. Unfortunately, the media failed to mention that the loss prevention officer was accompanied by a local police officer when the attempt to contact the camera owner was made.

We hope that you can understand the position we are in to protect the perpetrator and that we conduct a thorough investigation of each incident. We recognize that how this situation is handled is very important to you. We care deeply about the community and thank those of you who have continued to support us over the years.

If you have further questions about this incident, please contact Melanie Bettenhausen at 826-8670 ext. 132 or melanieb@northcoastco-op.com

13 likes, 30 dislikes
Posted by Monte Merrick on 07/03/2013 at 5:36 PM

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