The Failure of House Arrest and Electronic Monitoring

Bureaucrats never admit they’re wrong. County prosecutor: How many ‘have to die’ to end house arrest in violent crimes?.

Court officials, judges say ankle monitors are safe, less expensive.

Cheaper? Sure. Safe? Not so much.

Travion Montgomery cut off his ankle bracelet while under house arrest on a robbery charge. Montgomery had prior convictions for aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and kidnappng.

The court monitors issued a warrant, but didn’t notify law-enforcement. And so when he was picked up by police he was released. Then another warrant with the wrong SSN. And then…

Montgomery was arrested Sept. 10 after allegedly choking a woman and leaving her on life support. He is now in jail on a $500,000 bond.

Yeah, that sounds like a safe system to me. At least I’m sure it’s cheap.

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Sheriff’s Detective Bill Brewer

End of Watch. Clermont County Sheriff’s deputy killed and another injured, suspect in custody. Claremont County is a short drive from where I am now.

At 7 p.m., police were called to the On The Green at Royal Oak Apartments on St. Andrews Dr. for a mental well-being check. A male caller said that another male would not leave his apartment.

At 10:30 p.m., two Clermont County Sheriff’s deputies were struck. Police have confirmed that Detective Bill Brewer was killed. Lt. Nick DeRose was injured, treated and released from UC Medical Center.

Expecting “The System” to Protect You Is a Losing Proposition

JusticeBecause in the case of domestic violence, The System doesn’t give a damn about you. Kill or be killed shouldn’t be only option for battered women: Andrea Simakis.

He broke into the house where she was staying. He was armed with a .380 ACP pistol. He was charged with various things. The judge gave him a $1000 fine, but suspended it and gave him probation. As if that was going to stop him from doing anything.

“Tell me who walks into a bank and holds a gun on people and walks out with probation?” asks Nancy Grigsby, director of the Ohio Domestic Violence Network’s Legal Assistance Program. “Nobody does! What we’re saying is, when you do this to women and when you do this your family, it’s a different crime for some reason.

“Courts set community norms,” she continues. “And they tell everybody – the kids in that house, the survivor and the perpetrator – what is normal and acceptable in Cleveland.”

Light sentences tell abusers that nothing they’ve done is so terrible to merit imprisonment – or even a fine.

Now complaining about the state of reality is fine. (I do it all the time.) But wishing won’t make things change, and actually changing The System will take time, if it ever happens. (I have been writing about stories like this one since I started blogging in 2004.) Sure, work for change, but in the meantime recognize the state of reality and make your plans accordingly.

In the case of this story, unlike so many others, the bad guy is dead, and his intended victim alive. Not a happy ending, but not the tragedy I read about all too often. More often than I put in this blog, because even when women protect themselves, they often end up charged. Because the other thing The System doesn’t care about is Justice.

Of 91 domestic violence fatalities in Ohio from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018, 42 were women killed by abusive men. Three more female victims were also tracked – two girls, aged 4 and 1 — and the adult step-daughter of a batterer who got in the way.

Three cops lost their lives in the same year, trying to help.

Twenty-two batterers killed themselves. A handful of others were killed by those coming to a woman’s aid

Five of the dead men were killed by women the Ohio Domestic Violence Network’s Family Systems Advocacy Director Jo Simonsen believes were likely acting in self-defense. One woman was not charged. The rest are awaiting trial or have been sentenced to long prison terms, including a teen in Lima who claimed she’d killed her sex trafficker. She’s doing 10 years. A Cleveland woman got 18 years to life.

Still, would you rather be dead?

Armed Teachers Are Out There

You can “debate” all you like, but some teachers want to be armed, and are armed. When You Give a Teacher a Gun.

The question is no longer “should we arm teachers?” Now, it’s “how many armed teachers are already out there?” We flew down to Ohio to embed with the men and women behind FASTER Saves Lives, a group that has trained thousands of teachers from all across the country how to shoot to kill.

Considering that this is an article in a mainstream publication (GQ is mainstream, isn’t it?) it is fairly pro-gun.

Parkland put to rest the idea that “the police will save the day.” The police – mostly Broward County Sheriff’s Department – did next to nothing that day.

But since Parkland, overwhelming demand has prevented the Foundation from being able to cover everyone. Before the shooting, two dozen openings remained for all of summer 2018; in the months that followed, organizers sometimes fielded that number of applications in a single day. Eventually, they were able to accept several hundred of them in about a dozen overflow classes. Even so, today about 2,000 people are still sitting on a waitlist.

The Buckeye Firearms Association is trying to foot the bill, but the demand has outstripped donations.

Cops Behaving Stupidly

These guys are just acting like idiots. (Though maybe they’re not acting.) Questions mount whether officers who used racial slurs should be fired.

And yes there is video of the 2 separate incidents. They were not caught on cellphone video, when they weren’t looking. They didn’t speak up in front of a security camera that they didn’t know about. They were caught on body camera. Cameras that cops should KNOW are there. Like I said, idiots.

They can’t be fired for a first offense – that is by union contract language. My guess is the union language will stand, and the city has to keep them on, and there will be weeks of “protests.”

FBI Stops a Replay of the Attack on the Pittsburgh Synagogue and a Separate Attack

Two attacks were stopped. I expect there will be more. An alleged ISIS supporter and a woman accused of planning a terror attack arrested in Ohio.

“This man spent months planning a violent terrorist attack on behalf of ISIS here in the United States, and eventually targeted a Jewish synagogue in the Toledo area,” said U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman of the Northern District of Ohio in a press release. “The charges describe a calculated man fueled by an ideology of hatred and intent on killing innocent people.”

In a separate incident…

In the nearby city of Toledo, agents on Monday morning arrested Elizabeth Lecron, 23, for allegedly buying bomb-building materials such as screws and gunpowder. She is charged with one count of transportation of explosives and explosive material for the purposes of harming others and property.

“The future ain’t what it used to be.”