Thursday, October 16, 2014

Who are the injured deputies?

What possible value could there be in not identifying the two McHenry County Sheriff's Department deputies who were shot this morning by Scott B. Peters, of Holiday Hills, Ill.?

Sheriff Nygren said Peters has been charged with two counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated battery with a firearm, according to the Northwest Herald. Yet the paper wimps out by saying that Peters "allegedly sho" the two deputies.

Really? They must be really scared that Peters will hire a big-name attorney and sue the paper for libel.

But back to the issue. Who was injured? And why is the Sheriff refusing to name them?

McHenry County is a relatively small area, and many people will likely know the two deputies and want to extend wishes for their recovery and provide support for their families. What's the secret?


Jim Jones said...

That they're alive and recovering is all that's needed to know. We HERE in Illinois know who they are,and are respecting their privacy. The attempted killer is in custody in one piece. Marv protected responding backups. THATS what it for, Gus. Lucky I wasn't there. I don't know that I wouldn't have driven Marv through the house to find him- them again luckily I'm not part of the "good guys" who showed care and caution. I'd love to be a fly on the wall in rights court tomorrow morning, tho

Gus said...

You don't have to be a fly on the wall. The Rights Court is a public court, accessible and open to all.

Of course, you have to be willing to give up certain rights and privileges to enter the Rights Court. You must identify yourself with a photo ID, leave all your "stuff" in a locker in the lobby and pass through a screening device.

So, go tomorrow morning. Arrive about 7:45am. Enter through the front door to the Jail. Just don't have any outstanding warrants.

Jim Jones said...

I've been there before to watch a friend get bond set. Other than telling the guard what I was there for , I didn't have to do any of the things you say,and this was just two or three weeks ago. Assume it's just that they don't like you. But, since criminals aren't that bright, please do walk into the jail with an outstanding warrant. Cops must love it when the bad guy comes to them and says " here I am".

Gus said...

If you walked right in after only saying what you were there for, then the Jail has changed its policy for admitting spectators to the Rights Court.

Has anyone else walked right in without handing over a photo ID and being required to empty pockets and lock possessions (wallets, purses, keys, etc.) in the lockers in the lobby?

Big Daddy said...

What is this "rights court" you speak of? Is that what they call bond ciurt out there?

Gus said...

Yes, the Rights Court is the bond court. It could be located in the Government Center, where it would be more open to the public.

McHenry County chooses to locate it in the Jail Division. While it's an "open" court, it is held in a secure area of the Jail.

The last time I was there, 1-2 years ago, a visitor was required to present a Photo ID and had to lock all his possessions in a locker in the lobby. Then he passed through a scanner (which is required to enter the Government Center, too) and proceed two doors to the seating area. The "court" is viewed through a security window, and the small seating area is walled off from the visitors.

In the past, I objected to the admission requirement of a Photo ID. The jail person at the front desk retains the ID until you leave. The Illinois Supreme Court administration division didn't see anything wrong with the requirement.

They're wrong, but it would take a court case to fight them on it.