Local justice system needs fixing
July 28, 2010
Now that I am not a candidate for sheriff I would like to take this time to encourage any support I would have received from the good citizens of Pitkin County to support Joe DiSalvo for sheriff.
As a lifelong Colorado law enforcement officer and an Aspen hometown son and ex-Aspen officer I am still very concerned about the state of law enforcement in our county. Frankly the spectacle of it all sometimes does a disservice to law enforcement and the law-abiding citizens of the county. The issue of drug enforcement can be argued forever with no solution.
What worries me more is that every time a celebrity gets in trouble here – and it’s happened many times over the years – it’s treated with the same cavalier approach as the drug problem. When we start allowing manslaughter convictions to be served on weekends or domestic abuse of women comes down to whether the convicted can smoke in jail or not, it’s pure nonsense. It’s the duty of our law enforcement community, from the district attorney to the chief law enforcement officers of their jurisdictions, to speak out against this approach and act accordingly.
I cannot tolerate the double standard; it mocks the whole system of justice. The solution is to enforce blind justice and put their butts in jail for the same amount of time as the man on the street, with no special treatment (sorry, Charlie). In the end the undersheriff of all the candidates (except me) can maybe restore some sanity. Good luck, Joe D.
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