S.A.F.E. will protest Barton arrests on Monday downtown
By Tim Clifford
S.A.F.E. (Standing Against Foreclosure & Eviction) has issued a press release condemning the King County Sheriff’s office for yesterday’s arrest and has scheduled a protest demonstration for Monday in the park near the King County Courthouse in downtown. The demonstration, listed as an event on Facebook titled “Sheriff Urquhart- Judge, Jury, and Evictor??!??”, is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
The press release goes on to condemn not only Sheriff Urquhart, whom S.A.F.E. organizer Joshua Farris calls a “corporate goon”, but also singles out members of the local media who are seen as skewing their stories to support Triangle Properties.
The press release also outlines the multiple difficulties that came up when trying to find a facility that would admit him.
Initially Barton was taken by ambulance to a VA hospital and was denied admittance. From there he was taken to Harbor View and also initially rejected. After a second unsuccessful attempt at admittance with the VA hospital Barton was taken back to Harbor View where he is currently being allowed to stay for a short time. S.A.F.E. claims that during this back and forth search for a facility that would shelter Barton he missed taking his needed medications and was badly exhausted from being moved around so much.