These documents account for at least part of the punks that were arrested at the Cuckoo’s Nest, or its immediate vicinity. Buried in here are Jack Grisham’s and Pat Brown’s arrest records. The indices show arrests up through February 1, 1981. Of course, more arrests would occur after that.
Here is an index of arrests at the Cuckoo’s Nest up until October 11, 1980, a few months before the Special Enforcement was implemented. As you will see, arrests will skyrocket under the Special Enforcement.
These internal police memoranda show the origin of the Cuckoo’s Nest task force.
From the very early days of punk’s presence at the Cuckoo’s Nest, punks and the police came into conflict in and around the Cuckoo’s Nest. When the police determined that the Cuckoo’s Nest could not or would not pacify its punk audience, the police concocted a plan to regulate and ultimately eliminate the punk threat to the suburban peace, which was carried out by “The Costa Mesa Police Department Special Task Force” or the “Cuckoo’s Nest Special Enforcement.” This special task force was created as a direct response to grievances lodged by local business owners and also complaints made by parents whose children were subjected to delinquency proceedings as a result of arrests around the Cuckoo’s Nest. Continue reading “The police mobilize against the Cuckoo’s Nest’s punk audience”
“Undetermined and suspicious,” according to Fire Protection Analyst Tom MacDuff.
Despite their best efforts, the police could never pin this on the punks.
One of the best documents showing the local business owners’ enmity towards the Cuckoo’s Nest and punk.