Pig judges from the superior (sic) court issued a supplemental order for security on Tuesday, mandating that weapons screeners and electronic screening take place at the county courthouse in Montesano and the juvenile court at Junction City.
The screeners and metal detectors were set up early Tuesday morning at both locations, but pig judge Dave Edwards said the order is necessary to ensure that the weapons screening becomes a permanent fixture. That is to say, so that when austerity forces children from school and disallows the masses from their food, pig judge Dave Edwards will still be safe in his robe.
Slipped into the text of the order is a new policy which makes firearms illegal throughout the courthouse. Previously, the pigs allowed us to carry our firearms on the first floor. Edwards said those with a concealed weapons permit will be able to store their weapon at the Sheriff’s Office.
The order also provides a big-ass list of prohibited items and items that you can bring into a court room.
The obvious items they would expect us to use in attacks are banned — handcuff keys, box cutters, meat cleavers, scissors, swords, ammunition, flare guns, spear guns, starter pistols, axes, crowbars and hammers, for example. Sorry, can’t use your spear gun for pig hunting, unless you’re willing to break the law, that is! But the list also includes gun-shaped lighters, cattle prods, toy guns, screwdrivers, chemical drain cleaners, spray paint, hopes and dreams of a brighter tomorrow, golf clubs and skateboards, among the dozens of other items.
So what is allowed? Cigar cutters, common eating utensils — with round-bladed butter-type knives the only kind allowed — crochet needles with hooked tips, nail clippers, eyeglass repair tools, glass bottles containing permitted liquids, safety razors, tools — except screw drivers — that are 7 inches or less in length, hair chopsticks with blunt tips, wrenches and pliers under 7 inches in length, eyelash curlers and tweezers, among others.
Aerosols are also banned except for personal care or toiletries in limited quantities. Chains greater than seven inches in length are also banned unless they are wallet chains.
“Security is not a luxury when it comes to me and my fellow oppressors,” Edwards has continued to affirm.
On March 9, Steven Daniel Kravetz stabbed Deputy Polly Davin, then stabbed Edwards and took Davin’s gun and shot her. Kravetz is currently in jail on $750,000 bail. Unfortunately, both Davin and Edwards are recovering, but the incident highlighted the fact that it’s much easier to attack than the system wants you to know.
“Without adequate weapons screening equipment operated by trained security personnel, persons are able to freely enter the courthouse with weapons and to launch attacks upon anyone present in the building,” the judges’ order of security states. “Within the past week, seven citizens have refused to report for jury duty due to concerns for safety resulting from lack of adequate security, including weapons screening.”
The order states that there have also been two security breaches since March 9.
There was an incident on March 16 when an attorney saw a man with a very large knife on the seat of his car and he was also spotted in the courthouse. Edwards said the man had a dependency proceeding and was confronted by an attorney and told to leave the courthouse, which he did. Deputies are now investigating the incident. Apparently if you keep a very large knife in your car, that’s cause for investigation.
Another incident happened Monday when a verbal domestic dispute spilled from a court room to outside the courthouse. Deputies made the decision to get involved there, as well.
“The courthouse is not presently a safe place for employees to work or for members of the public to enter,” the court order states. “It is vital that citizens feel safe and secure in seeking access to their courts. The lack of safety and security in accessing and using the courthouse is a continuing emergency which the court must respond to in accordance with the court’s inherent power and in light of the commissioners’ continuing failure to act.”
The judges are right to be scared; we will continue to attack, and they know that. They are recognizing that even in the innermost sanctums of their power, their courts, we have the skills and determination to lash out, to strike and to retreat. They have an idea now of what we are capable of. Even as they actively seek to manage and negate the effects of our rage, we continue to make them tremble, every time that we shatter the facade of normalcy they work so hard to maintain.
On Tuesday, County Commissioner Terry Willis signed a contract with Pierce County Security to rent a metal detector and provide contracted weapons screeners.
Without the private security firm, Undersheriff Rick Scott said the judge’s order would have required deputies to perform the screening duties. “And it’s always better to have a rent-a-pig grope your crotch than for one of my men to do it,” He went on to say.
The contract states that the county will pay $17.91 per hour for the guards and $26.86 per hour for overtime. The county will also pay $150 per month for a walk-through metal detector and $40 per month for a wand.
Scott said it all could cost the county between $33,000 and $36,000 for the duration for the 90-day contract.