When it comes to crime and violence, there are no easy answers and no simple solutions. And when that violence ensnares children, that makes it more troubling.
The Sandusky Police Department earned high marks, from our perspective, for the pro-active approach it took after a "gang" brawl inside a Fox Run Trail apartment building early Sunday.
Police were not immediately called to the scene and the people fighting were gone when they arrived early Sunday morning. But the SPD did not walk away. Instead they reviewed video from a surveillance camera, identified those involved, and made 13 arrests before the suspects could disappear to avoid apprehension.
Six others also were allegedly involved, and also will likely face criminal charges.
"No one was seriously hurt, thankfully," SPD chief of detectives Sgt. Dana Newell told the Register. "But the possibility of innocent people getting injured during something like this, we're not going to tolerate it. We're going to aggressively pursue any situation like this."
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That attitude is exactly what residents want from their police department, in our opinion.
Eleven of the suspects are age 14 to 17, and that makes this incident even more distressing. They are children, and as a community, we have a responsibility to remember that. Imagine if it were your child in the midst of a violent turf war and what you would do to remove them from harm's way.
For a variety of reasons, perhaps, those children don't have adequate adult supervision from their families capable of keeping them away from the influence of gangs, drugs and thugs.
As imperfect as the criminal justice system is, we're glad the SPD is attempting to protect them — and the community at large — even if that means arresting children only to get them away from the violence, temporally.
As we stated, there are no easy solutions.