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RPD Responds To L.A Times Article Criticizing Investigation

An extensive article in the Los Angeles Times calls into question many of the findings of a Redding Police investigation into a dispute between a leader of the Shasta County Supervisor Recall Campaign and one of his critics. The two primary figures in the conflict are bar owner Carlos Zapata, who has sharply criticized the Shasta County Board of Supervisors and pressed for their recall, and Nathaniel Pinkney, A.K.A. “Nathan Blayz”, who has made parody videos in which he impersonates Zapata and ridicules the “Red, White and Blueprint” group. On May 4th, there was some sort of altercation in Downtown Redding that began in the restaurant where Pinkney works, or used to work, and ended in a nearby alleyway or parking lot. Pinkney had his allies and Zapata had his allies but none of the people involved suffered any serious injury. Redding Police Captain Jon Poletski says that’s really as far as it matters to their investigation and the rest is just political bluster. Captain Poletski stresses that the press release was not a comprehensive account of event, but merely a brief summary of a minor incident. The police report has been submitted to the District Attorney’s Office for review.