By Max R. Weller
Richard Grant a.k.a. “King” (Boulder County Sheriff’s Office)
It was only a matter of time until somebody — whether a motorist or cyclist passing by, another homeless person, or a resident of the neighborhood — called law enforcement to make a formal complaint about the harassment they’ve all received from this individual (on an almost daily basis).
Last Saturday morning, [Denver] King decided to pester a well-behaved panhandler “flying a sign” on that corner. Like the Homeless Philosopher, “Sally” (not her real name) does NOT fit into any of the negative stereotypes of the worst-behaved bums; King, however, is a living stereotype in all of the very worst ways. Sally had told King several times over the course of a week or so to stop bothering her on the corner: telling her he was going to take over that spot before she was through, asking her for cigarettes, and in general trying to intimidate her. This time, she’d had enough of his act, so she called 9-1-1.
No fewer than four city officers responded to the call. They quickly realized that the corner of N. Broadway & U.S. 36 is actually Boulder County’s jurisdiction, and a deputy was then called. Before the county deputy arrived, city officers sat King down on a wall in front of a nearby business (no more than 20′ away from me, so I heard everything) and proceeded to give him a lecture for the umpteenth time. Everyone with a badge knows King, and he’s already been in Boulder County Jail twice this year, once for Felony Menacing at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, which resulted in his permanent expulsion from that facility. The city officers also had Sally make a written statement, which they handed off to the county deputy when he arrived; it was the deputy who cited King for Harassment.
All the while, King was trying his best to talk his way into an arrest; he’s one of these self-absorbed yahoos who doesn’t know when to shut up, and blames everyone else for his scrapes with the law. At any rate, he got off with just the ticket on this occasion.
I can attest to the fact that Sally, whose hands were shaking as she wrote out her statement, was quite upset by this incident. She’s a petite woman, and King is sort of a big guy (tall, but skinny) who has a BIG MOUTH, and he’s frequently belligerent.
Here’s the kicker: King already spends more time panhandling at N. Broadway & U.S. 36 than the rest of us combined, but he’s the only one who constantly whines and fusses about others flying a sign there. AND HE ONLY MAKES, ON AVERAGE, ABOUT $2 PER HOUR! He has lost his marbles, in my opinion as a layman. He gets angry at passersby who fail to give him any cash — which is 99% of them — then curses and gives the finger to many. Perhaps worse, King always has some rude comments to make to unaccompanied female cyclists who stop for the red light there; most ignore him, but a few make it clear they don’t appreciate his inappropriate remarks.
I have to say that I admire Sally for her grit. Others should follow her lead and call the law when King harasses them, by either word or deed. The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number is (303) 441-3600. Please help get this knucklehead out of Boulder for good . . .
Here’s another bum who is simply a waste of good oxygen: Sheriff’s office: Deputy loses part of finger in assault by Boulder County Jail inmate in the DC. My online comment is copied below:
The Boulder County Jail listing — http://www.bouldercounty.org/safety/jail/pages/ja… — shows Crystal Baucom as homeless. Scroll down to page 12 to see for yourself.
While you’re at it, note how many other homeless/transient inmates are currently incarcerated here.
Do you want to know how deep the d-e-n-i-a-l of Boulder’s nonprofit leadership goes? Read this Guest Opinion in the Daily Camera. My online comment follows:
Not a single reference in this commentary to prioritizing shelter/services for Boulder County’s own homeless people, the most important step forward in reforming the broken system.
Nothing to see here; move on, folks.
On the lighter side, read Two bears crash wedding west of Boulder . . . in the DC.
Tonight at my campsite: cheeseburgers!