De-escalation

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The other day a friend sent this news article over to me, and I’m letting you all in on it. This is not the first time I’ve read about the Bellingham Police using their Crisis Negotiator Team to de-escalate a situation. In an era of bullets being used to de-escalate violence, it’s refreshing to find a place on this planet that really, actually, uses words. Let me know what you think.

“On May 18, 2021 Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) passenger LaKisha A. Bolden, 44, apparently upset the bus on which she was riding was not headed downtown, got sufficiently angry with the bus driver that he needed to make an unscheduled stop. Bolden looked like she was walking off the bus when, completely unprovoked, pulled out a 4-inch knife and attacked another rider, stabbing her four times. After Bellingham Police arrived on scene and de-escalated the situation, Bolden was subsequently arrested, without further incident, for assault in the first degree and booked into the Whatcom County Jail.

Bolden and several other riders were on a WTA bus travelling on Old Fairhaven Parkway, when she realized they were not heading downtown and got angry about that. The driver safely pulled the bus over to let Bolden off. It appeared Bolden was leaving, but instead pulled out a knife and stabbed another rider. The injured rider fought back and was able to get distance from Bolden and flee the bus to safety. The rest of the riders and bus driver also safely made it off the bus. Bolden remained alone on the bus, still armed with the knife.

Bellingham Police (BPD) arrived and established a safety perimeter around the bus and shut down traffic on Old Fairhaven Parkway for the safety of motorists. The bus was disabled to prevent Bolden from being able to create a further crisis and danger to the public by driving it away. While the patrol officers maintained a safe distance, members of the BPD Crisis Negotiator Team (CNT) were called to establish contact with Bolden, engage in conversation to de-escalate the situation and have Bolden surrender.

Shortly after starting the conversation with Bolden, crisis negotiators were able to convince Bolden to step off the bus and surrender peacefully. Bolden was handcuffed and arrested for assault 1st degree and taken to the Whatcom County Jail.

The victim of the stabbing went to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center Emergency Department for treatment for non-life-threatening stab wounds to her hand and leg.”

https://cob.org/news/2021/suspect-stabs-another-passenger-four-times-on-wta-bus-in-unprovoked-attack

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38th Annual Mayor’s Arts Award

“Thank you, City of Bellingham’s Mayor Linville and the Bellingham Arts Commission for awarding “Bellingham Art Beat” the Mayor’s Arts Award.  It is a great honor. In addition, I need to extend a special thank you to the many dedicated listeners in Bellingham and online who follow the show, and the over 58 guests who have appeared on “Bellingham Art Beat”, shared their stories and inspired many.  A town is only as great as it’s people.  The people of Bellingham are extraordinary!”  ~Shannon Laws, Community Radio Producer

 

Mayor Announces the 38th Annual Arts Award Recipients

Mayor Kelli Linville announced today the recipients of the 38th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards. A reception and awards ceremony honoring the awardees is scheduled for May 3, 2017.

This year the Mayor is honoring a broad range of artists, advocates, organizations, and performances that have significantly contributed to the arts in our community. Award winners were chosen based on nominations submitted by community members.

Mayor’s Arts Awards will be presented to the following recipients:

  • Cynthia Zaferatos
  • Bellingham Art Beat – Shannon Laws
  • Homeless in Bellingham Video Series – Fredrick Dent and Lisa Spicer
  • Scott Henderson
  • Bellingham House Concerts – Dan and Victoria Sabo
  • Sonja Max and Oliver Max
  • Kevin Murphy
  • Brend Hunt-Holma
  • Mary Gillilan and Norman Green
  • Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth

To learn more about each awardee and their accomplishments, please attend the celebration scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday May 3, 2017 at the Mount Baker Theatre in the Walton Theatre, located at 104 N. Commercial Street in downtown Bellingham.  This ceremony is open to the public.