So if we don’t care about people, do we care about animals?
Last Saturday in Seattle’s Pioneer Square, a 67 year old man with an injured leg was walking his 14 year old dog, Alice. Suddenly, a 29 year old homeless man approached them and demanded the guy’s jacket. When the older man said “no,” the young man began attacking him.
Fearing for his life, the dog walker (a victim of a prior mugging) sprayed this predator with mace and began to hobble away as fast as he could. The assailant caught up to him, knocked him to the ground and kicked his dog so ferociously that she flew into the air, landed on her neck and died minutes later in her owner’s arms.
According to the Seattle Times, the homeless man was apprehended the following day (Sunday) as a result of the victim’s description and his “prior interactions with law enforcement and first responders..” Loosely translated, he was known to police.
He was arrested on suspicion of first degree animal cruelty and attempted second degree robbery. Siting concerns over his potential for escalating violence, the prosecutor requested bail be set at $25,000 to keep this perpetrator in jail and off the street, but..
the charges were instead lowered by a judge and this horrible person was released on his own recognizance the following morning.
So this guy..this violent man..is out on the streets again with no consequences- zero.
Who will his next unsuspecting victim be?
When will he strike again?
Why don’t we care?
Why didn’t that judge care?
I’m directing this next question to all the parents out there who have kids who will inherit this upside down world we are creating.
“What’s it gonna take?”
At what point do we start hammer-calling the courts and our legislators demanding stiff penalties for these crimes? How bad does it need to get before we badger the press for more coverage, start petitions and march in the streets to stop this craziness?
I read today that a man who recently sucker-punched a 55 year old Asian woman in New York was previously arrested 17 times. I heard some official say something like “See? this is proof we really need to improve our mental health services..”
Mental health services…?
The aggressive criminals who repeatedly attack complete innocents or the victims of these crimes who will forever be scarred by the violence visited upon them? A man who was beat, slashed and robbed in the New York subway last week told a reporter that after 30 years taking the train, he will never do it again..he’s way too traumatized.
Does he, or the others similarly assaulted, do they get free mental health services?
I’m sorry, but if you kill someone’s dog during an attack in the park..you go DIRECTLY to jail. You want services? No problem– you get them in the slammer away from our kids, our parents, our grandparents, our grandchildren, our friends and yes..our pets. You do not get to roam the streets, the subway or our parks until you pass “inspection” and are deemed safe.
Dirty restaurants are shut down, unsafe planes are grounded, ENTIRE CITIES, STATES AND COUNTRIES were recently quarantined (hello?) .. so c’mon folks, surely we can keep dangerous people locked in jail!!
Why is this hard?
You punch a lady in the face as she’s walking down the street in broad daylight and she falls to the ground unconscious..you go DIRECTLY to jail. You need services? Put your name on the list and wait for an appointment like the rest of us do.. only you will wait in prison because of the brutalities you inflicted upon others. You will stay locked in there so the rest of us can safely walk down the street, sit at an outdoor cafe, ride public transportation and take our kids and puppies to the park.
Why is this hard?
When will we finally elevate the rights of law abiding citizens above the rights of criminals and at what point will we face the fact that allowing violent, drug addicted, deranged people to escape justice is not, and never will be, proof that we care?
WHY IS THIS SO HARD?