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  • Urban hermit
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    Originally posted by 82redleg View Post
    Arrests without convictions are meaningless- our system is founded on the principle of innocent until proven guilty.

    That said, I'm in favor of 3 strikes = automatic, instant death penalty, at least for violent felonies. If you get convicted of 3 separate violent felonies according to the rules in our system as they currently exist now, you are just never going to live peacefully in society, you've proven that you are deliberately choosing not to do so, and you're almost certainly not contributing anything of value to society. A long drop at the end of a short rope- immediately after the third conviction will save everyone a lot of time and effort.

    The fact that MA chooses to let vermin like this continue to interact with peaceable humans in civilized society is proof positive that it is a rotten civilization and needs to entirely re-hauled from the foundations. Unfortunately, its easier to continue to Band-Aid sucking chest wounds and pretend everything is going just fine.
    The catch and release mentally is part of the problem. The Att. General can set the tone for every prosecutor in the state, Mass. has over the past century become one of the most lenient states in the nation.

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  • Urban hermit
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    Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
    That's exactly 110 too many.

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  • Mountain Man
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    Originally posted by Urban hermit View Post
    Yes, arrested 111 times, still he walked among us...why even try?



    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime...n=true#image=1
    That's exactly 110 too many.

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  • Arnold J Rimmer
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    Originally posted by 82redleg View Post
    Arrests without convictions are meaningless- our system is founded on the principle of innocent until proven guilty.

    That said, I'm in favor of 3 strikes = automatic, instant death penalty, at least for violent felonies. If you get convicted of 3 separate violent felonies according to the rules in our system as they currently exist now, you are just never going to live peacefully in society, you've proven that you are deliberately choosing not to do so, and you're almost certainly not contributing anything of value to society. A long drop at the end of a short rope- immediately after the third conviction will save everyone a lot of time and effort.

    The fact that MA chooses to let vermin like this continue to interact with peaceable humans in civilized society is proof positive that it is a rotten civilization and needs to entirely re-hauled from the foundations. Unfortunately, its easier to continue to Band-Aid sucking chest wounds and pretend everything is going just fine.
    WEll, keep in mind that you have 52 separate legal systems in the USA (or maybe more).

    What goes on in one state wouldn't always play in another.

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  • 82redleg
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    Arrests without convictions are meaningless- our system is founded on the principle of innocent until proven guilty.

    That said, I'm in favor of 3 strikes = automatic, instant death penalty, at least for violent felonies. If you get convicted of 3 separate violent felonies according to the rules in our system as they currently exist now, you are just never going to live peacefully in society, you've proven that you are deliberately choosing not to do so, and you're almost certainly not contributing anything of value to society. A long drop at the end of a short rope- immediately after the third conviction will save everyone a lot of time and effort.

    The fact that MA chooses to let vermin like this continue to interact with peaceable humans in civilized society is proof positive that it is a rotten civilization and needs to entirely re-hauled from the foundations. Unfortunately, its easier to continue to Band-Aid sucking chest wounds and pretend everything is going just fine.

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  • T. A. Gardner
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    Originally posted by Arnold J Rimmer View Post
    Well, the blue states aren't really interested in imprisoning people.
    Not in prisons... But indebtedness to the state... yea, they want to imprison you...

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  • Arnold J Rimmer
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    Well, the blue states aren't really interested in imprisoning people.

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  • Urban hermit
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    Prayers for the many victims of this thug

    BARNSTABLE, Mass. — A man charged with killing a police officer and described by authorities as a violent career criminal was ordered held without bail Friday.

    Thomas Latanowich hung his head throughout his brief arraignment in Barnstable District Court, speaking only to answer "yes" when the judge asked if he understood the proceedings.

    Not-guilty pleas to charges including murder were entered on his behalf, and the judge said she would appoint a lawyer to represent him. Court records showed Latanowich had been charged with more than 100 crimes in the past and was on probation after completing a prison sentence in 2014.

    Latanowich shot Yarmouth K-9 officer Sean Gannon on Thursday while he and other officers were serving an arrest warrant for a possible probation violation at a home in Barnstable, on Cape Cod, police said.

    Gannon, 32, was taken to Cape Cod Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

    Gannon's dog, Nero, also was shot. Dennis Veterinary Hospital posted on Facebook that Nero was shot in the face and neck but had been stabilized and faced surgery Friday.

    The loss of Gannon has stunned the picturesque community of Yarmouth, next to Barnstable.

    "Sean, remarkable young man. We refer to him as the Tom Brady of the Yarmouth Police Department," Chief Frank Frederickson said outside court. "He's gone. He died doing what he loved. He's going to be sorely missed."

    Gannon, an eight-year veteran of the force, was married and a graduate of Bishop Stang High School in Dartmouth and Westfield State University. He previously worked for the Nantucket and Stonehill College police departments.

    Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said he conveyed his condolences in a phone conversation with Frederickson on Friday.

    "The sadness and heartbreak that carried in his voice says it all," Baker said. "This is an incredible tragedy and a huge loss, and we all expect justice to be served for this heinous crime and trust that our judicial system will hold his murderer accountable to the highest degree."

    Baker held a moment of silence for Gannon before a news conference on Friday in which he signed a bill that calls for major reforms in the state's criminal justice system. Baker also ordered all U.S. and state flags on state buildings lowered to half-staff in honor of the fallen officer.

    A steady stream of residents arrived at the police station Friday to offer condolences. Many placed flowers in front of the station and on Gannon's cruiser. The Yarmouth Police Foundation appealed for cash donations to help the officer's family.

    According to Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe, Latanowich's last known address was in Somerville, outside Boston.

    Latanowich, 29, has been arrested numerous times, according to police and court records, though many of the charges were later dismissed.

    O'Keefe said the last prison time Latanowich served was a four- to five-year sentence on gun charges. The prosecutor expressed frustration that prior charges had not resulted in more lengthy sentences.
    http://www.bostonherald.com/news/loc...d_without_bail

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  • Urban hermit
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    Well this punk wasn’t a minor offender, he should never have been on the streets, he is a violent SOB

    BARNSTABLE — Sean Gannon was a rising star in the Yarmouth Police Department, sent with two other officers Thursday afternoon to a quiet neighborhood to carry out an arrest warrant.

    Thomas M. Latanowich was a career criminal with more than 100 cases to his name, a litany of charges for stabbings, drugs, and gun offenses. He was unwilling to go quietly, authorities said.

    When Gannon, 32, tried to apprehend Latanowich, chasing him into the attic of his Cape Cod home, Latanowich fatally shot the officer in the head, according to a law enforcement official.
    https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/20...e4J/story.html

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  • Urban hermit
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    Originally posted by Arnold J Rimmer View Post
    He might have been classified as an adult at age 16, which will spread out the rate a bit more.

    As I've said before: there are only so many beds. TYou send one in, you have to let one out.

    Also with burglars especially you'll bag someone and tie 15+ criminal evens to him, but the DA rolls it into a single plea deal.

    Although usually it takes longer to rack up that number. I've known lots in the over 100 club, but they were older, having done time.

    And you have to look at the charges, too; we have several in our burg with 300+ arrests for public intox, disorderly conduct, and/or criminal trespass.
    Somewhere around the 20th arrest mark the career criminal label should apply.
    We have a guy here that has well over 500 arrest, started out as drunk in public, trespass, being ugly in public, etc.
    I wouldn’t trust him as far as I could drop kick him.
    Obviously in this case we have a dead LEO, to say that couldn’t have been prevented is not a glowing endorsement of our legal or justice system.
    Which has been eroding for years.

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  • Arnold J Rimmer
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    He might have been classified as an adult at age 16, which will spread out the rate a bit more.

    As I've said before: there are only so many beds. TYou send one in, you have to let one out.

    Also with burglars especially you'll bag someone and tie 15+ criminal evens to him, but the DA rolls it into a single plea deal.

    Although usually it takes longer to rack up that number. I've known lots in the over 100 club, but they were older, having done time.

    And you have to look at the charges, too; we have several in our burg with 300+ arrests for public intox, disorderly conduct, and/or criminal trespass.

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  • Half Pint John
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    We, the public pay the price as well.

    Thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of the fallen officer.

    https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/20...0PN/story.html

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  • Urban hermit
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    Originally posted by Cheetah772 View Post
    And he's only 29? That is about 10 offenses per year from 18 until now. Wow. Freaking unbelievable.
    Maybe the judge will take him seriously this time, but I have my doubts.
    The officers family pays the price.

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  • Cheetah772
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    And he's only 29? That is about 10 offenses per year from 18 until now. Wow. Freaking unbelievable.

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  • Suspect accused of killing Massachusetts cop had 111 prior offenses

    Yes, arrested 111 times, still he walked among us...why even try?

    The suspect accused of fatally shooting a Massachusetts police officer on Thursday while he was being served a warrant had 111 prior adult offenses and was on probation, authorities said.
    Tom Latanowich, 29, of Somerville, Mass., will be charged with murder, police said. Massachusetts State Police identified the deceased as Sean Gannon, an officer from the Yarmouth Police Department.
    The K-9 officer died after he was shot in the head, a police source told Fox 25 Boston. He was serving the warrant in the town of Barnstable.
    "We are also praying tonight for the recovery of Officer Gannon's K9 partner, who was also injured in today's tragic incident," state police said in a statement.
    Latanowich has a long history of run-ins with law enforcement and was linked to 111 prior criminal charges, police said in a Facebook post.
    The shooting unfolded around 3:30 p.m. while the officer, who was with two state troopers, was serving a warrant, Fox 25 Boston reported.
    The officer was rushed to a local hospital where he died, Boston 25 reported.
    The suspect had been barricaded in the home for hours before finally surrendering to law enforcement.
    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker tweeted that he was "heartbroken" after hearing about the officer's death and said his thoughts and prayers were with Gannon's "family, loved ones and the @yarmouthpolice after this tragic loss."
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime...n=true#image=1

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