Arden Arcade and Carmichael reject Shaun Dillon for supporting Eliza Deed

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Arden Arcade and Carmichael reject Shaun Dillon for supporting Eliza Deed

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Lauren Tariel started this petition to Sacramento Media and

The purpose of this petition is to raise to your attention a matter of racism and hatred for police promoted by the campaign manager of Shaun Dillon who is running for Sacramento County Supervisor District 3. Dillon’s campaign manager is Eliza Deed, who identifies herself as an advocate for tenants’ rights. Recent actions by Deed with the support of Dillon have led members of the Arden Arcade and Carmichael communities to publicly disassociate from Dillon and Deed. We had a Facebook group started by Dillon that is now owned by Deed. Many people have tried to contact Dillon to get his intervention to regain control of the Facebook group and return to the communities that have used it. Dillon has failed to respond.

October 1, 2016, Dillon began a Facebook group for the community that he wants to serve; its current name is Arden-Arcade & Carmichael Community Talk & Neighborhood Watch. The online community grew to over 3,400 members. Many members of the community have used the group to discuss issues of public safety, neighborhood activities, business, and development. The Facebook group has been a valuable resource to many people within the community.

April 4, Dillon gave the ownership and control of the community Facebook group to Deed and announced that Deed was his new campaign manager. Deed announced, “This group will NOT change, but negativity towards one another will!” Deed began banning community members who disagreed with her, her hostility toward law enforcement, and her protests against property owners for lawfully evicting her and other renters. The group did change to being a platform for Deed to protest evictions. Deed’s hostility set the tone for the Facebook group that was losing its status as a community group. People formed new Facebook groups to avoid Deed and those groups have 200-300 members.

Dillon formed the online community to garner support for his run for Supervisor of District 3. He gained trust and support from the community and then betrayed that trust and support by abandoning the Facebook group to Deed. Many people who supported Dillon’s campaign publicly withdrew their support for Dillon. Community members tried to make the best of the Facebook group but Deed continue to ban people who supported law enforcement or rejected her politics. Deed further allowed free advertising for businesses that did not always benefit the communities of Arden Arcade and Carmichael.

June 27, 2019, Sacramento mourned the loss of fallen officer Tara O’Sullivan with a funeral procession and memorial service. O’Sullivan, 26, was shot with a high-powered rifle June 19 while helping a woman gather belongings during a domestic violence call in North Sacramento. She had only recently graduated from the police academy and was still in training, but she was living her dream as a police officer, according to one of her godfathers Gary Roush.

Since O’Sullivan’s death, the online community for District 3 has shown an outpouring of grief over the fallen officer. O’Sullivan was recognized for giving her life to rescue a woman from a domestic violence situation that had held the woman captive. Officers were calm in their approach to prevent the domestic violence abuser from interfering with his girlfriend’s escape. The community applauded the police for risking their lives and losing one to save one woman.

June 28, 2019, Deed posted on her personal Facebook profile a vitriolic and hateful message against O’Sullivan and the Sacramento Police Department, saying she did not “have much remorse” for O’Sullivan and blamed the police department for her death. Deed said that the police “aren’t trained to protect” and they “aren’t trained to save.” Deed said that “it is definitely the last days” and then demanded that “people of color … need to move into areas they don’t want us near and TAKE OVER!” She concluded saying, “STAND TOGETHER and take our land back!”

These comments, while they border on encouraging a riot, are within Deed’s freedom of speech. As Dillon’s campaign manager and as the owner of the Facebook group used by members of the communities within District 3, Deed’s comments are a reflection on Dillon and on the community. July 1, Deed posted on her own Facebook profile that, “Sacramento Tenants Union are great leaders who have their community’s best interest at heart. Shaun Dillion has been with me very step of the way, and I KNOW the man he is!”

Deed does not represent the interests of the communities of Arden Arcade and Carmichael. Because Dillon does support Deed, many members of the community have renounced any support they may have had for him. Now that Deed has changed the Facebook group to be about her interests in protesting landlords, the group no longer represents the interests of Arden Arcade and Carmichael. Members of the Facebook group have asked both Dillon and Deed for Deed to step down as the group’s owner but these requests have been ignored.

We, as members of the Arden Arcade and Carmichael community want control of the Facebook group that once represented us. We also want to make clear that we, as a community, do not support, encourage, or endorse Eliza Deed in any way. Deed and Dillon may have support from individual community members or groups but they do not have unequivocal support from the community as a whole.

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