Quote: Originally Posted by no color
I'm very disappointed that the Crown did not appeal the not guilty verdict. Initially when this individual was acquitted, I was quite upset, both with the prosecutors for not providing a strong enough case and with the jury members for letting a cop killer go free.
The police acted on an illegal raid which created the situation to occur in the first place.
This guy was found to have hard drugs in his home.
Anyone involved with hard drugs should be tried and convicted with a felony crime.
Sez you, but since they operated an illegal raid due to the time it was conducted, any evidence found is irrelevent and can not be used in a court of law. Plus the innocent until proven guilty routine.... I don't remember hearing him being tried and convicted of a felony crime, since this so-called raid was to arrest him and sieze any evidence they could to convict him of what you say, but it didn't work that way.
No convicted felon should have any right to own a firearm.
Was he convicted? You're bouncing your logic and laws around to suit your own objective..... trying to make him guilty of something he hasn't been proven to have done (Drugs) so that you can find him guilty of something else after before the fact (Owning a Firearm) So that he can be found guilty of something illegal during the shooting of the police officer who was originally in the wrong.... that makes no sense.
I'm all in favor of responsible gun ownership, however for those of us who stay within the law.
This individual claimed self defense as someone was out to get him and he mistook the police for those who were after him. Well, he only has himself to blame, if he wasn't mixed up with drugs, he wouldn't have been in the situation to begin with. Now a police officer is dead and his family members get no justice because his killer was acquitted.
You need to pull your head back into reality for a moment and stop with this emotional roller coaster you're tripping on.
His story is confirmed because of various break ins and robberies in his community at the time of the raid.... even I remember reading the news about those at the time. The police entered his home outside the hours police should be conducting raids, the man in question feared the saftey of his family, and he shot the intruders in self defence.
As was explained in the court, the police were not identified with proper uniforms or badges, they didn't identify themselves when they entered the dwelling, and thus, his self defence and shooting of the officer was justified.
And I'd do the exact same thing..... just because you're a police officer, doesn't mean the law and rules don't apply to you.... if you want to put someone behind bars for something illegal, then do it the right way or don't do it at all.
Great society we live in, we seem to have a habit of bending over backwards and providing more rights to the criminal than to law abiding citizens.
Innocent Until Proven Guilty.... that's why there are rights in the first place.... and he isn't a criminal, except in your own eyes due to emotional baggage from some of the speculative details you hooked yourself on.
Both the Federal and Provincial lawmakers need to wake up and drastically overhaul our justice system to do what it was intened for ... punish our criminals.
Reality Check: He's not a Criminal
".... Laval Police Chief Jean-Pierre Gariepy expressed dismay at the decision and reiterated the reason his officers entered Mr. Parasiris's home in the first place.
“Beyond the verdict, it is useful to remember that Mr. Parasiris had four firearms in his home and only one was legally registered,” Chief Gariepy told a news conference Friday night. “We found a variety of drugs and 17 cellphones and pagers in the home.”
But Chief Gariepy also acknowledged the trial had raised concerns about how the police operation was conducted....."
"....Mr. Parasiris had maintained that he was defending his family when police smashed through the front door of his south-shore home with a battering ram.
He said he and his wife believed they were the victims of brazen home invaders when he engaged in a wild, yet seconds-long shootout with police who were trying to gain entry to his bedroom.
Mr. Parasiris said he had little time to react to protect his wife and two children, one of whom called 911 for help.
Much of the defence's case centred around whether Const. Tessier, who was in plainclothes and wearing a bulletproof vest with the word “police” on the back, was properly identifiable.
In motions heard before the trial began and kept from the jury, Quebec Superior Court Justice Guy Cournoyer declared illegal the warrant police used to enter Mr. Parasiris's home.
The judge ruled the evidence used to obtain the warrant was insufficient, lacked detailed information and “should not have been issued.”
He said that rights guaranteed to Mr. Parasiris under the federal Charter of Rights and Freedoms were violated.
Judge Cournoyer also ruled the so-called dynamic entry by police was unnecessary. He found the aggressive tactic was not originally part of their plan in a crackdown on a cocaine-trafficking ring in the Laval area north of Montreal.
Judge Cournoyer also acquitted Mr. Parasiris of the attempted murder of another police officer during the raid and two weapons-related offences......"
Sounds a little different when you have more of the information doesn't it?
Quite honestly, I have had one too many people I have known who have been raided by police due to false identity or wrong address, heard their stories of being slammed to the ground, having SMG's shoved in their faces, yelled at, their homes destroyed and ransacked and many of them are still suffering from injuries from those raids.
One case in paticular was one of my Ex's father had a name very similar to a well known drug dealer with a bad history and possession of firearms... the only difference was his middle name..... oh and his Age.
The guy they were looking for was a 45 year old cocain drug dealer who was known to own firearms..... my ex's father was a 65 year old man who was already frail for his age. He still suffers from breathing problems from when they had several guys on his back as they handcuffed him.
The police arrested him, my ex's mother and they left her out on the street to fend for herself at the age of 14 because now her home was being reviewed for evidence etc. They told her that she wasn't their problem. And after a few days being spent in jail, they finally released her father from prison after they finally realized they got the wrong guy.... they tossed him out the door with no clothes except what he was arrested in, had to find money to get back from Dartmouth to Kentville..... hell, he didn't even get so much as an apology for what he went through.
Those rights for "criminals" you bitch about are there for a reason.... so that police make sure they have their god damn details straight, have all their T's crossed and i's dotted, so they get the right guy. I would hate to hear what you'd have to say when those same rights to protect you and I are gone and something like this happens to you.... and then you're put out on a public witch hunt for something you didn't do, or you were justified in doing in the first place.
The police screwed up royally in this situation... they can live with it.