So, now you know that Braiden Rathy is charged with some twenty-two criminal counts related to his alleged burglaries, and that there might be anywhere from an additional thirty to seventy more counts coming, and that he allegedly dragged his parents into his crime spree, at least to the extent that they are now charged with two counts of “Possession of Stolen Property”. So far, so good, as the justice system responds to Braiden Rathy, but accountability demands much more than that the RCMP persuades the Crown to lay charges.
Fentanyl, Braiden Rathy, Red Scorpions is a six part posting. The links to the other parts follow at the bottom of the page
One: The Crimes, the Accomplices(?) & the Motivation
Two: The Justice System Responds to Braiden Rathy
Three: Braiden Rathy’s Victims Have Been Psychologically Raped
Four: Braiden Rathy Avoiding Consequences of His Crimes
Five: How he cased and burgled his targets
Six: Is this the “Old Brooklyn Two-Step?
The RCMP is only one facet of the justice system. We still await the response of the Crown Prosecutor, and then most importantly, the courts.
You need to think about the countless hours of work that was required by the RCMP to bring this case to its current position
It had to investigate approximately one hundred burglaries and gather forensic evidence at each of those crime scenes. Then it had to interview each of the victims. Additionally, it had to look for witnesses. As well, it had to record the details of the stolen property. Then it had to attempt to trace it through pawn shops and known fences. Next, it had to talk to its sources on “the street“. It didn’t end there though. No, it still had to have its crime lab sort through the plethora of forensic evidence. Finally, it needed to compare various pieces thereof with the forensic evidence from the other crime scenes.
A massive undertaking
This was a massive undertaking consuming hours and dollars. These were hours and dollars that could have been used to hunt down gang members and drug dealers or to investigate predators who target our children. Moreover, it required the hours of some of the RCMP’s most seasoned investigators. This, in turn, kept the men and women of the RCMP from their families as they had to devote overtime to identify and capture Braiden Rathy. It was all necessary though to protect you and your families. This is a sacrifice that is routine to RCMP Members and to members of police departments across Canada.
This is the often unseen side of what we like to refer to as “petty crimes”. So, the next time you read an article about a break and enter and think of it as a petty crime, remember the blood, sweat and tears that go into solving it. For that matter, the next time you read an article about any crime, actually read that article so you can get the picture behind the article. You will find the news more interesting and more educational, and it just may change your perspective.
None of the above takes into account the fact that Braiden Rathy’s alleged crime spree was motivated by drugs. This is where drugs lead us as a society. It is what the Red Scorpions bring us with their fentanyl and their fentanyl laced street drugs.
This is only part of the costs though. It does not speak to the emergency room hours from doctors and nurses. Additionally, it ignores the paramedic hours and the ambulance runs that are a result of gangs’ greed and their evil ways.
The RCMP has done its job… what next?
Unlike Langford where Mayor Stew Young has forced the RCMP to be severely understaffed, the Nanaimo Detachment of the RCMP has the manpower to perform its duties. After they do so though, the torch is then passed to the Crown Prosecutors. It is there duty to compile and present the evidence to a judge in such a manner that the judge understands the real cost to society caused by a burglary spree and that the judge understands that the perpetrator does not simply have an addiction that only affects him or her.
Sadly, the crown most often neglects this duty. Instead, it lets defense lawyers paint a bleeding heart picture of the defendant with no rebuttal by them.
Drug Addiction is not a victim-less crime
The crown needs to make the courts understand that these addicts line the coffers of organized crime, that without these addicts there would be no gangs and without them society would be a safer place, not simply because of the crimes that addicts commit, but because of the money that is building drug dealers’ stashes and giving those dealers and gangs the ability to buy weapons, to drive their fancy cars and to infect more people with their poison. Just as separate arms of the justice system are interconnected by disparate responsibilities that lead to a common cause, the world of drugs and addiction is interconnected with common goals, the feeding of drug habits and the amassing of money.
Each time a court takes a liberal viewpoint and frees or gives a light sentence to a criminal with any drug involvement, that judge is putting you and the rest of society at risk. This is why Surrey Realtor Colin Hill and many others have died.
The crown needs to be persuasive. However the problem is not just the crown. The judges are also failures. Judges need to have perspective and understand that the case before them is not about a single individual who committed a string of crimes. It is also about a message that needs to be sent to the perpetrator and to his ilk. It is irresponsible bail decisions and other lenient actions by our judges that makes me oppose the move by the BC Courts to pull down the online searches of criminal records so they can avoid any scrutiny by the public, and in essence, conduct their hearings in relative secrecy.
Sentencing is supposed to provide a deterrent
The objectives of criminal sentences are to provide a deterrent, to protect the public and to punish the offender. Judges who routinely release violent offenders or drug related defendants on bail or who hand down “Conditional Discharges” or “Conditional Sentence Orders” to such are doing none of the above. They are failing in every aspect of their duties.
This brings us to the parents of Braiden Rathy, Douglas and Ruth Rathy…
If they are found guilty of the counts with which the RCMP wishes them charged, what should their punishment be?
- Should they receive a Conditional Sentence Order?
- Should they receive a substantial fine, plus a Conditional Sentence Order?
- What sentence will it take by the courts to impress upon parents and/or those who are in a relationship with criminals that they are forbidden by law from facilitating a criminal activity?
- Is the punishment of those who “aide and abet” by intentional blindness and/or by providing refuge to criminals in order to allow those criminals to continue their criminal activity the direction our justice system should be going?
I absolutely believe that this prosecution of the parents is justice. What is your opinion? Leave your comments below.
Fentanyl, Braiden Rathy and the Red Scorpions