Mur­dered Moun­ties de­serve swift, iron-fisted jus­tice

The Compass - - OPINION - — Bill West­cott writes from Clarke’s Beach

The aw­ful news of the sense­less killing of three and the wound­ing of two young RCMP of­fi­cers in Monc­ton, N.B., has once again brought home the dan­ger­ous work our law en­force­ment of­fi­cers face in or­der to pro­tect us seven days-a-week.

Fol­low­ing the gut- wrench­ing cer­e­monies ( I watched on TV) on Tues­day, June 17, I chat­ted on­line with a re­tired po­lice of fi­cer who now lives in Saskatchewan. He is a New­found­lan­der. A man I had the good for­tune to meet a cou­ple of years ago while on va­ca­tion. I was ex­press­ing our sym­pa­thy to him as I know he is still (al­ways) a life-long mem­ber of the po­lice brother­hood.

Through our chats I sub­se­quently learned that 24year-old Justin Bourque, who al­legedly gunned down these po­lice of­fi­cers, will face the Judge on July 3.

I was just about knocked off my seat when he told me that when con­victed and sen­tenced, Bourque will get 25 years. Yes, 25 years. My re­tired RCMP friend also told me that even if Bourque gets 25 years on each count, he will still only serve a to­tal of 25 years in prison.

He then said that if Bourque sur­vives in prison he could be out at around 50 years-of-age.

“He will still have 30 or 40 years of his life ahead of him,” he com­mented.

Young po­lice of­fi­cers slaugh­tered in the street in their line of duty. Fam­i­lies with chil­dren, co-work­ers and a town heart­bro­ken for­ever. A po­lice force try­ing to pick up the pieces and carry on pro­tect­ing its cit­i­zens.

All of the above con­se­quences and Bourque will get 25 years be­hind bars no more no less. Do you call that jus­tice? I call it jus­tice de­nied.

In the United States, if you kill a po­lice of­fi­cer, you au­to­mat­i­cally get the death sen­tence. I never thought I would ever say this but … I think the Amer­i­cans got it right.

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