Sandusky police on task in gang arrests

Register
Sep 3, 2013

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." 

Click here to read related article and watch the surveillance video. 

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. 

Comments

bullydogs1971

i hope these children don't just get thrown into the system....as part of any child probation i suggest there be a mentoring program with trusted individuals from the community who can help steer these kids down a different path.....it doesn't do much good to just punish them without any type of help out of this lifestyle....just say-in.

donutshopguy

bully,

A mentoring system has little merit. If you can't take the kids out of their troubled environment you are doing nothing more than peeing on a forest fire. There are 168 hours in a week. Two hours with a mentor per week has little or no value. I speak from experience.

Darkhorse

If the teachings don't start at an early age, you lose the kids in the system. By the time the kid is in his teens, all is lost and it is difficult to correct if that is possible. Adults do not set very good examples for children. Raising children is getting more challenging with what is going on in the world today. Kids are not being taught what is right and what is wrong and how to conduct themselves.

donutshopguy

Dark,

I agree. Is there a fix to the problem? This lack of parenting has become generational.

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TKeegan73

I think each County or every other County should offer a "Scared Straight" program like the one's other State's have implemented. Actually putting a troublesome teen in a prison environment and showing them where their bad decisions and poor choices are going to lead them has a better impact on them mentally than a mentoring program. Mentoring just uses an ex-con in most cases, that has righted himself for the time and hasn't gotten into any trouble in a while, the mentor talks with them about how they went down the wrong path but yet here they stand free and back in the general public but not the hell of prison life that led them to being free. Actually putting them into the prison environment and experiencing it first hand for a 24 hour period has a much bigger impact. There's no looking at a clock and thinking, "only another hour or so of this boring pep talk and I can go hang with my buddies". In this program it's more "real to life consequences" and it shows how each individual in there regrets their poor decisions and actions and that this lifestyle isn't what it's cracked up to be. Raw fear has a better impact on a teen's mindset than a story from an ex-con about how he or she regrets their poor choices. It may cost the State a little money to run a program like this but it's way more cost effective than mentoring.

R U Kidding me

this is just a idea check there guns and those who don't have one give them one