Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Where is the newspaper coverage?

When a significant law enforcement action occurs in McHenry County, should it reach the newspapers? When the daily newspapers don't print it, is it because they all put their heads together and decided not to report it? If you think that's the case, you were standing downwind too long when the sheriff's department buried that marijuana field.

Last March 14th (2008) there was such an action, when deputies attempted to execute an arrest warrant. Well, they didn't "attempt" to execute it; they executed it. Luckily, they didn't execute some of the people in the house.

The deputies had a warrant for one man. They went to his parent's home. As the story goes, they really weren't sure the son was in the house, but they forced their way in. Broken glass and all. The senior citizens were roughed up; one was hospitalized for a week.

In this state we have laws against Elder Abuse. Is it okay for cops to injure or otherwise cause harm to senior citizens in the zeal to "do their duty"? The correct answer should be a resounding NO.

I've met the parents, and I've met the son. Their stories will be told. For the time-being, their respective attorneys have properly counseled them not to discuss their cases. This is the right advice.

But once the cases are heard in court, the complete stories will be reported here.

The question is, why wasn't information released to the press back in March? The Northwest Herald, the Daily Herald, the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times all would have been interested in an 80-year-old man and his wife "resisting arrest" after the cops broke into their home. A search on the four websites for the last name of the individuals finds no results.

Was this a case of "Ooops! Oh, man; we really blew that one. Let's bury it"?

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