Thursday, March 1, 2007

When someone wants to surrender, you arrest them on the spot

For the last couple of years or so, the Hamilton Police Service has had a "most wanted" suspect of the month and has asked anyone who has information to call the authorities. The capture rate has been quite high.

Questions are being asked though, about a rather foul turn of events. A man called Corey Rogers was "marked" by the cops for a savage beating in 2004 in which a man was left a quadripelegic. Rogers' alleged accomplice, a woman, was quickly arrested but Corey remained at large. Upon hearing his name in the local press Rogers called 911, offering to turn himself in.

The procedure is supposed to be the police go to the address attached to the phone number and attempt to make the arrest themselves. Instead, the dispatcher told Rogers to turn himself in. He never showed up. One week later two teenagers were killed outside a Barton Street bar. Two others were stabbed.

Guess who the police arrested? Rogers.

The families of the dead victims are crying foul and saying they are just as guilty of the murder as Rogers is -- if they had done their job, their sons would still be alive.

I wouldn't go that far, but someone has to take responsibility for this. Would the FBI just allow one of their Ten Most Wanted to get away if one of them called in and offered to surrender? This isn't a left or right issue. We all pay taxes to ensure public protection and no one was protected in this instance.

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