Thursday, September 16, 2010

Abbotsford shooting an execution



Another targeted shooting in Abbotsford today. Although the number of shootings has gone down a bit in the Lower mainland, it's still hard to keep track of them all.

The Vancouver Sun reports that Abbotsford man gunned down in targeted attack. CTV reports that the victim has been identified and he is known to police as having a criminal lifestyle. The Vancouverite states that Abbotsford shooting an execution.

Somehow it feels like we've taken one step forward and two steps back. The victim was known to the police and has been identified. Yet the public still doesn't know who it is. Remember the Chris Mohan case? An innocent family lost an innocent son because they were unknowingly living next door to gang members that were known to the police but not known to the public.

The Abbotsford Police Department have promised us a web site identifying known gang members. Well at least the top 10 gang members. We're still waiting.

In the mean time we are still hearing about more targeted shootings and execution of people who are known to the police but not known to the public. Without getting into the legal liability of withholding that kind of information from the public, what about common decency? Have we learned anything from the Chris Mohan Ed Schellenberg case?

If the victim of a gang related shooting is known to the police, they should be known to the public. That is public safety.

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Abbotford shooting victim identified.

1 comment:

  1. Abbotsford Police is the lucky employer of Casey Vinet, who nearly frickin WON 'Canada's Worst Handyman'. There's a reason he's the public information officer and not directly in the field. APD is a little podunk operation or as we'd say in TX "an itty bitty little bubba town department".

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