Clayton Garzon, who recently struck a plea deal regarding his derogatory slur-laced, hate-fueled beating of Mikey Partida in Davis and his stabbing of others in Dixon, has been out on bail awaiting final sentencing where he will spend a paltry 2.5 years in local jail and receive one strike for his two extremely violent crimes. Recently he allowed his GPS tracker to run out of battery, allowing him 8 hours where authorities were unable to track him. This was the second incident in which his tracker ran out of battery. Fortunately authorities reacted by seeking a judge the next day and having his release revoked.
It’s extremely discouraging that Garzon, and his family who bailed him out, do not take this seriously. It’s as if they think the law does not apply to them. They clearly do not care about the safety of others in Davis.
UC Davis makes it more difficult to report hate or bias incidents by not having an online form like other UC schools such as UCSD and UCSC have Instead, a reporter must make a phone call. I’ve had very negative experiences with phone calls with campus staff. I much prefer something that can be tracked electronically and in which I won’t be blown off by a campus administrator who believes the hate I experience is not a big enough deal or tries to talk me out of reporting. Considering how many of my forms have mysteriously ‘vanished’ despite my submitting them the same as other students in my cohort and considering how many times electronic records of these forms saved me, I would feel much more comfortable with an online form.
Victims and concerned parties may instead report through the UC-wide form: https://ucsystems.ethicspointvp.com/custom/ucs_ccc/ I don’t know if this form is better, but at least there is a tracking system associated with it.
Though there’s proof that UC Davis did have reported hate incidents in 2012, despite the doctored numbers shown in their Clery statistics, one has to wonder how much never sees the light of day because Davis tries to squelch it by making reporting so difficult.