|Man cuffed near Banner Bank / credit B. Yoder|
The officers were lingering over and questioning this man for about 30 minutes. A Medic may have stopped by.earlier. He was cuffed -- standard operating procedures for liability? It's possible they may have been waiting for Narcon to take effect but that's only a guess.
When the cuffed fellow was released he staggered over to me and offered his hand, showing off a bible. I shook the hand and washed afterwards. His eyes were glazed, he was dirty, and looked sick, but was smiling. He staggered east on Redmond Way. My thought was he was heading towards known homeless sanctuaries --Anderson Park, the woods behind Overlake Urgent Care, and the Target's western parking lot buffer.
I emailed Kent Hay, the City's Homeless Outreach Coordinator to inform him of this man and see if he could help him. Mr. Hay responded: "There are some new people that have come to Redmond that I have not met yet and I’ve been informed are in that area. I will try and make my way down there tomorrow to see what I may be able to do. Allot of factors play a part in what help I can offer people. Hopefully he is open to changing his situation and we will see what plan we can come up with."
-- B. Yoder, opinion