Catch & Release Full Feature
On June 19, 2012 Deputy Matt Spink and Deputy Michael Northway pulled a vehicle over in an investigative traffic stop, to question known associates of a dangerous felon regarding his whereabouts. Unbeknown to them, Charles Wallace, the man they were looking for sat in the front passenger seat in a disguise. The driver, a woman, and a small child were also in the car. As deputies approached the car, Wallace rolled out of the vehicle and shot them with their weapons holstered. He fled on foot and the occupants in the vehicle fled as well.
All the laws in the world, all the gun control, it's all meaningless without a strong legal system that will punish criminals and keep them in prison. The criminal in this story was a violent felon, in jail for a lengthy term for drugs and firearms violations - and he was transferred to a drug treatment facility with not guards. Naturally, he walked away, free to resume his life of crime - but knowing that if he was caught, he was going back to jail for good.
So when the police found him, he just started shooting.
Listen to the early part of the video. Listen to what this criminal was originally arrested for. He wasn't arrested for an ounce of pot - he was a dealer of meth and heroin who kept and carried firearms despite being a prohibited person. When he was caught, he was sentenced to 15 years in jail - and then almost immediately sent to an unsecured drug treatment facility on a furlough. The legal system completely and utterly failed everyone in this case. The officers shot by this scumbag, the woman who was assaulted and had her car stolen; the countless people whose lives were in danger in the high speed chase...
All because some judge thought that a violent criminal would be better served in an unsecured treatment facility rather than jail. And this is hardly the only case - we routinely hear stories about violent killers released too soon. Heck, the guy in New York who was shooting firefighters was just released from prison for murder - after only 17 years. When our justice system is no longer a deterrent, when criminals rightfully look at it as a laughingstock, when they no longer fear going to jail whatsoever because they know some bleeding heart will let them out shortly; it's hard to imagine what adding another law, another 10 laws, another 100 laws is going to do.
Except make it harder for the good people to protect themselves from the bad people the courts keep releasing...
That is all.