You have to be careful just trying to help!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

The big news this morning is about a family who stopped to help a woman they thought was in distress. She wasn't. In fact, she was an undercover cop posing as a prostitute. What happened? The husband was arrested on grounds that he solicited a prostitute (while his wife was in the car, and daughter just inside the store). Click the link to read the full story.

Theres a couple of things that bother me about this story.

First of all is the act of entrapment. I can understand police officers hiding out and trying to catch a crime in process, such as burglary or even speeding. But to set people up to commit a crime to me, isn't moral. And we could go on for days asking the question "Is it really a crime for a man to solicit sex from someone who really isn't soliciting?" I don't know, our law experts can argue about that. I obviously dont agree with people wanting to visit a hooker, but aren't there far worse crimes that our police can be taking care of? Lets try to solve all the murders and break ins first.

The second thing that bothers me is that the city of Chicago won't make things right for this man and his family. They wrongly arrested him, impounded his car, and are demanding some $4700 for its return. Not to mention all the humiliation this family has had to endure thru all of this.

Sometimes I just sit back and wonder...When will the madness end?


The Learned Hand said...

While I certainly agree that this story is ridiculous and the attorney's probably have a very good case, I am wondering if the story has been reported accurately or if it is true at all. I did a search and could not find any newspaper or major news network (even the local Chicago ones) who picked up the story. However, I did see it repeated, word for word, in several forum posts and on websites focused on individual rights. That all of them are reporting the same story verbatim suggests no independent verification of the story and that they have copied it from the same original source. That no major news organization has picked it up is odd since stories like this sell papers and get people to watch your news broadcast. In sum, it makes me question the story's reliability.

Dj said...

The story came right out of Chicago's NBC affiliate news.


The Learned Hand said...

Thanks for the link. Disregard my earlier comments, then.