On January 11th, 2011 in Toronto, Richard Kachkar stole a pickup truck equipped with a snowplow and ended up running over Police Sgt. Ryan Russell who was trying to prevent him from doing harm to others.
Sgt. Russell paid for his heroism with his life but in 2013, a jury decided Kachkar was in a psychotic state when he stole that truck. He was found not criminally responsible and sent to live at the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences.
Well, at least the public is safe from any other Kachkar outbursts as long as he’s confined, right?
Not so fast, because our “sensitive” system has just decided it’s time to release him back into general society.
Isn’t there something wrong with this picture?
Just a few days prior to his release, Toronto experienced another bout of terror when Faisal Hussain murdered 10-year-old Julianna Kozis, 18-year-old Reese Fallon and injured 13 others.
In a very polished statement, we were told that Hussain struggled with mental illness for years. Many fretted that if only we could have intervened early, perhaps the tragedy on the Danforth could have been averted.
If the driving force behind mass murders is indeed mental illness as opposed to adhering to some toxic ideology, then how can we ever hope to protect ourselves given that even when we catch and confine individuals carrying out mayhem and murder, the justice system embraces a catch-and-release philosophy?