Friday, August 25, 2006

A Restraining Order, Electronic Monitoring and One Murder

JusticePolice: Man Kills Ex-Wife, Self Wearing Monitoring Device Still think that The System can protect you? Think again.
Matthew O'Connor was supposed to appear in court Wednesday on charges of violating a restraining order but instead allegedly shot and killed Eva Irene before he turned the gun on himself, reported KSAT 12 News.

But what many don't know is that on the morning that O'Connor allegedly shot the victim, he was wearing an electronic monitoring device around his ankle.
It was NOT a Global Positioning System enabled device, it only tracked when he was home and when he left. When he left home, monitors assumed it was to go to work. Something that was authorized.

What does a representative of that System have to say about this case?
"It's a very unfortunate situation, but we took all the legal ramifications that could have happened to protect this woman as much as possible. Unfortunately, it didn't," said Keith Charlton of the Bexar County Criminal Justice Planning and Coordination Department.
I think they could have given her a 9mm, a case of ammunition and free range time. But that's me.

We don't know what would have happened had this woman been armed. There are no guarantees that being prepared for an emergency means you will survive that emergency. That's life. The Criminal Justice System did everything they thought they could do and it clearly wasn't enough. People need to realize that while many in criminal justice system will go all out to protect you, they are really quite limited in what they can do. If you are faced with a violent stalker, you need to be prepared to defend yourself. (Actually I believe that even if you don't have a violent-stalker-problem you need to be prepared... there are violent robbers, home-invaders, etc.) The police are usually called only after a crime has been committed.

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