This is a letter-to-the-editor which will not be published.
Re: “Man who killed cop will have opportunity to walk Whitby streets” April 30th, 2013.
I am finding myself increasingly upset and disturbed at Christine Russell’s continued complaints about her husband’s killer not being locked up forever. I am getting the impression that she would gladly pull the trapdoor on him if we still had capital punishment.
The fact is that Richard Kachkar has been determined to be mentally ill, and is considered not criminally responsible for his actions because of that.
What is not dwelled upon is the fact that Sergeant Ryan Russell fired several shots at Richard Kachkar prior to being run down, causing four wounds. And, the sergeant slipped and fell in front of the snowplough, thus contributing to his unfortunate death.
I do not like this mindless worshipping of the police, and the fact that they believe themselves, and their lives, to be far more important than those of the people who pay them so well. All occupations carry risks, and construction workers are far more likely to die on the job than police officers.
I could not possibly put myself in Christine Russell’s shoes, but I don’t believe that fact should prevent me from offering an opinion. And I believe that life will be a lot better for her if she can lose this seemingly malicious hatred for Richard Kachkar, and find it within herself to move on with her life, and to stop dragging us all into her emotional turmoil.
And I think that she is being used by the Toronto Police Association, as in “I am extremely upset and shocked over the decision,” Christine Russell, widow of slain Sgt. Ryan Russell, said in a statement, issued by the Toronto Police Association Monday.”
Are those her words, or were words being put into her mouth?
Let’s try to get normal here…
See “Man who killed cop will have opportunity to walk Whitby streets” here.
See “Russell slipped in snow before plow hit him: Source” which relates how Kachkar was shot four times, here.
I realise now that my statement above that “What is not dwelled upon is the fact that Sergeant Ryan Russell fired several shots at Richard Kachkar prior to being run down, causing four wounds,” may not be correct.
Three empty cartridge cases were found at the scene of Sgt. Russell’s death, indicating that he tried to shoot Kachkar. Whether the wounds Kachkar received were caused by Russell, or by other officers later when they stopped the snowplough some time after Russell was run over, has not to my knowledge been indicated by the press. The wounds could have been caused by a combination of Russell and the others.
In any event, it seems Russell was not likely responsible for all four wounds suffered by Kachkar, but may have been responsible for some of them.
And we do know that shots were fired at Kachkar by Sgt. Russell prior to his death, and that may have affected the outcome of this sad business.