In Grants Pass, for the month of July through 7-26-12, there have been 80 crimes reported (excluding disturbing the peace calls). Here’s what the map looks like in July:
[note the only local agency reporting to this system is the Grants Pass Police. A lack of symbols out in the County does not mean a lack of crime in the County]
Due to new lack of Josephine County funding we have officers to respond in the City of GP, but practically no jail to house offenders and limited DA services. Go to http://www.crimemapping.com/ to change the dates or see what each of these symbols mean for your neighborhood.
Today Channel 12 reports on the growing membership in Securing Our Safety:
We are open to anyone that is concerned about the future of the County!
Crime Beat – July 19, 2012
By David Smith
In an apparent case of attempted vigilante “justice,” a 42-year-old Grants Pass resident was apprehended on the afternoon of Saturday, July 14 for allegedly threatening two men with a firearm.
The accused, who was in his vehicle at the time, pursued the two men (who were on foot) down 6th Street in the downtown area, pointing a handgun at them out of the window of his car. When the men fled toward 5th Street, he continued to follow them. Apparently he had been the victim of a previous theft, and believed the men he was chasing were the perpetrators.
Because of the reported use of a firearm, officers from the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety conducted a “high risk” traffic stop and apprehended the man. He was cited and released on charges of Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Second-Degree Disorderly Conduct. Charges of Pointing a Firearm at Another and Menacing were referred to the District Attorney’s office for prosecution.
The two men he was pursuing fled into a residential area and disappeared.
A reminder: regardless of any prior offenses an individual has perpetrated against you, it is against the law to point a firearm at another person, with or without malice. The use of a handgun in a densely populated area also carries significant risks to innocent bystanders. Vigilante “justice” is a serious violation of Oregon law, which does not justify the use of a firearm except in cases of self-defense where there is serious and immediate risk of death or grievous injury.
Check out Channel 10’s coverage of SOS here:
“The goal of this group is to look for answers, whether that be finding new sources of funding, looking for new options, talking to people in the community, trying to rebuild trust in our leadership,” member David Smith said. “That has already generated some great ideas, some of which are being put into place now.”
“If we all join together, we can all make a difference together,” member Christine Schmidt said.