The parole board has revoked passes that permitted a cop killing mass murderer to leave prison. The decision came after a prison outburst in which Steven Lee LeClair revealed that he has little empathy for his victims and blames them for his problems (read document, after the jump, that details the outburst), despite his repeated claims that he’s remorseful. Authorities fear LeClair has fallen into an old pattern that puts him at an elevated risk for “extreme violence.” In the recent incident, the imprisoned killer also was “belligerent,” “rude,” and “disrespectful” toward corrections staff. LeClair, now 70, was thrown out of a Vancouver bar on September 19, 1980. He returned with a handgun and shot three people to death, comandeered a car and drove to an RCMP detachment where he shot two officers, injuring one and killing constable Tom Agar. (UPDATE: LeClair lost an appeal against the parole decision. Read the written record of his appeal in the Parole Records Library.)
You knew that all the publicity surrounding gang violence in the Vancouver area was going to attract hyperbole as the issue gets hijacked for use as anecdotal evidence of a crime crisis that requires tougher laws, including longer sentences, and more police.
In the face of community outrage, political and police leaders have done what’s expedient, concocting a quick fix for gang violence in British Columbia.
In the stampede to the political pulpit after a spate of shootings in Vancouver, the city’s mayor, Gregor Robertson, said the community just doesn’t have enough police officers. “We as a region do not have the police officers that we need, and we do not have the co-ordination of a metro police force. Right now,...