Reading the details of small businessman David Chen’s ongoing persecution by the Canadian justice system makes my blood boil, so much so that I have difficulty following it. But nevertheless I digested enough to compose the following synopsis:
David Chen is a grocer. He is the type of hard working entrepreneur that immigration advocates point to when they say Canada needs more immigrants. Mr. Chen runs a produce mart in Toronto’s Chinatown that was unfortunately plagued by shoplifting, a problem that the Toronto Police were lackadaisical (at best) in solving. When the thief who robbed him the most attempted to steal from his store for the second time in one day, Chen took matters into his own hands. He and his employees ran the thief down, apprehended him, tied him up and called the cops. The cops surprised Chen by showing up in 4 minutes instead of the customary 4 hours. They arrested Chen and his staff at gunpoint, charging him with assault, forcible confinement, kidnapping and carrying concealed weapons. The concealed weapons were box cutters. Eventually the latter charges were dropped when the even the dimwitted cops realized that grocers use box cutter mainly to cut boxes. Duhh.
Important background information: the Criminal Code of Canada states that a civilian’s powers of arrest are the same as that of a police officer while a crime is being committed - the principal difference being that a police officer can arrest criminals after the fact and a civilian can’t. In other words, I can arrest a bank robber if I happen to walk into a bank while it is being robbed but I can’t hunt the robber down to Montreal to bring him to justice. Fair enough. Unluckily for David Chen, the police and the prosecutors chose not to interpret Chen’s arrest as occurring while the actual crime was being committed – as most reasonable people would - but instead felt it occurred afterwards because of the small time lag between the time of the attempted robbery and when the actual arrest occurred. For this reason, they proceeded to interpret Chen’s actions as if none of the events that motivated Chen’s actions had ever occurred. The crowning outrage was that the Crown plea-bargained the career criminal’s sentence down in exchange for his cooperation in Chen’s kidnapping trial.
The only conclusion that can be reached from this sordid affair is that all of the police officers and crown attorneys involved in this case acted in a manner indistinguishable from dedicated enemies of law-abiding people. If any justice at all is to come in this case, they should all be fired, disbarred and thrown in jail – to serve beside the district attorney in the Duke rape hoax.