OK, let’s get this out of the way ASAP: I don’t really care for cops.
Maybe it’s just an immature disdain for some authority figures but I’ve never been a big fan of law enforcement.
Even with that in mind the Jaycee Lee Dugard story becomes more infuriating by the minute.
More details continue to emerge out about what a sick, twisted bastard Phillip Garrido is and how his wife is just as despicable for her role in the kidnapping.
But the thing I can’t get over is how criminally incompetent overall law enforcement looks as the details surrounding this sad, twisted story come to light.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/08/28/BAT219F97H.DTL&tsp=1) in 2006 a sheriff’s deputy fumbled away a golden opportunity to uncover Garrido’s crimes after neighbors alerted authorities that children were living in squalor in his yard.
What did Super Cop do? He threatened the guy with a code violation. Without ever taking a look in his yard.
That’s some impressive police work.
According to the sheriff in today’s Chron article: “We should have been more inquisitive, more curious and turned over a rock or two. Our work product should have resulted in a better outcome.”
That has to be the understatement of the century.
Super Cop was too incompetent, lazy and clueless to stick his nose in Garrido’s yard which led to a poor girl being raped, abused and tortured for three more years of her life.
Yeah sheriff, I’d say there are better outcomes than that.
But Mr. Sheriff and Super Cop will probably continue to stuff their pockets with taxpayer money and “work” enough overtime every year to significantly pad their annual salaries.
Hopefully some heads in law enforcement will roll for this mess and changes will be made to keep either convicted sex offenders locked away for good or under far closer inspection once they’re set loose.
At this point it’s hard not to be at least a little suspicious about the “diligent questioning” by the police that allegedly revealed that the girl was a kidnap victim considering all the bungling by the authorities that’s coming to light.
Combine that with the fact that certified nutjob Garrido claims in a semi-incoherent prison interview that when all the details come out it will become clear that this is actually an inspiring story about how he turned his life around and it’s not completely outlandish to start wondering whether “diligent questioning” by our heroic boys in blue is actually B.S. code for “The crazy bastard freely admitted everything the moment he came in to see us.”
I don’t know what’s worse, knowing that freaks like Garrido are living right next door to me in suburbia or the fact that morons like the CoCo sheriffs are the people who are supposed to protect us.
Major kudos to the UC Berkeley campus cops who flagged Garrido as a questionable character when he started sniffing around the university.
But the big question, and the big problem with the system, is why was he able to get away with his crimes for so long?
Since there are no campus cops here in suburbia I’d almost feel safer if the schmucks from the “Police Academy” movies (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093756/) were in charge of things because it doesn’t look like anyone else with a badge can be counted on.