Friday, January 21, 2011

When the law is an assh*le

There's a growing list of cases where crime victims face charges for the crime of .... defending their own property.  Ontario alone has a string of them. ... from Caledonia to David Chen ....
and now Ian Thomson:
...last August ... 53-year-old former mobile-crane operator woke up to the sound of three masked men firebombing his Port Colborne home.
So Mr. Thomson, a former firearms instructor, grabbed one of his Smith & Wesson revolvers from his safe, loaded it and headed outside dressed in only his underwear ... exited his house and fired his revolver two, maybe three times ...
His surveillance cameras caught the attackers lobbing at least six Molotov cocktails at his house and bombing his doghouse, singeing one of his Siberian Huskies. But when Mr. Thomson handed the video footage to Niagara Regional Police, he found himself charged with careless use of a firearm.

The local Crown attorney's office later laid a charge of pointing a firearm, along with two counts of careless storage of a firearm. The Crown has recommended Mr. Thomson go to jail, his lawyer said.
Mr. Thomson said ... "This is just an absolute nightmare, this whole thing". ... "People need to know that this is what can happen to you, and which side of the victim line do you want to stand on? Lying down dead or in court? That's the way it seems it has to go."
Outrageous.  Near useless police and worse than useless Crown attorneys. In these cases, the law isn't just an ass, it's a complete asshole.


Patsplace said...

When I hear of situations like this, I find myself thinking of the common view of how to deal with dangerous bears. Shoot, shovel and Shut-up. The Revenue Rangers that try to act like Game Wardens would charge you and seek punishing fines.

Is it going to be the same when dealing with criminals? Do we have to become outlaws to protect ourselves from those that are paid to protest us?

JR said...

And let's face it, Pat, in many/most situations the ones who are paid to protect us are completely incapable of it. By the time they arrive on the scene, assuming they even get word, it's all over. The dumbass "law" needs to have a little common sense written into it.