Rocco Rossi Campaign for Mayor

Rocco Rossi Campaign for Mayor

October 06, 2010 12:13 ET

Rocco Rossi's Statement on David Chen Arrest

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 6, 2010) - Statement:

"David Chen is not a criminal. He is a small-business owner and an ordinary Torontonian. He attempted to assist the police in the capture of an actual criminal who had already stolen from him and returned to do so again. Mr. Chen did what any of us would have done.

"There is no role for vigilante justice in our society, but there is a role for self-defence and the protection of one's own property. The fact that Mr. Chen is treated as a criminal for protecting his store from repeated theft is absurd and speaks to a larger problem that City Hall has failed to address.

"The resources of our police need to be better distributed among our communities and on our streets. Our police officers do tremendous work, but they don't have the resources or the tools to respond to crimes like those perpetrated against Mr. Chen. They spend too much time tied up in court, in pay-duty jobs and other administrative requirements and too little time where we need them: in our neighbourhoods, keeping us safe, and preventing crime.

"Together we can change that. Through my sweeping external audit of all City departments and agencies we will find the way and means to get more police on our streets. Re-building the trust between City Hall and the people of Toronto starts by restoring a sense of safety and security in our communities and that's going to take a greater police presence on our streets.

"Torontonians like Mr. Chen should not be on the hook securing their own safety, and the attention of the attorney generals needs to be on the real criminals and not self-protectors like Mr. Chen."

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