Store owner catches shop lifter dead to rights, WITH VIDEO to boot, tackles the guy, doesn't harm the shoplifter at all, waits for the cops to finally get there. What happens?
That my friends is what makes Toronto suck. The Powers That Be are making it suck on purpose. They think it is much more important that David Chen knows his place than that Anthony Bennett should be prevented from shoplifting. Mr. Chen's place is tax payer peon, not free man of business.
[David Chen] The 35-year-old shopkeeper and two of his employees were arrested following a May 23 incident in which they allegedly chased down and tied up a shoplifter, detaining him in a delivery truck until police arrived.
[David] Chen, Jie Chen, 21, and Qing Li, 40, were charged with assault, forcible confinement, carrying a concealed weapon and kidnapping.
But in a pre-trial hearing Tuesday morning, Crown prosecutor Colleen Hepburn tossed out the latter two charges for all three men.
This was welcome news for Chen and his lawyer, Peter Lindsay, but outside the courthouse, both expressed dismay with the Crown's decision to proceed to trial on the other two charges.
"I don't believe that Mr. Chen should have ever faced criminal charges," Lindsay told a group of reporters in front of Old City Hall.
"My much-preferred outcome would have been that all four (charges) had been dropped."
On Aug. 17, Anthony Bennett pleaded guilty to stealing 10 plants from Chen's Lucky Moose Food Mart on Dundas St. W., as well as plant thefts at another store on King St. W.
Bennett was sentenced to 30 days in prison.
Bennett will now testify as a Crown witness at Chen's trial, which is scheduled to begin on June 21.
If convicted, Chen and his co-accused face a maximum penalty of two years in prison.
Mr. Chen's comment is the beautiful round red cherry on top:
He ought to know, he's from there. If he thinks he'd get better police service and be safer from abjectly stupid justice officials in COMMUNIST CHINA, maybe that's something we ought to think about a little bit. I can tell y'all one thing, if he'd done this in Phoenix Arizona he would have got the Good Citizenship award from Sheriff Joe Arpaio's own hand, with an additional commendation for his restraint in not shooting the shoplifting son of a bitch.
"In China, if this happened, a lot of people in the area would help, plus the police would arrive immediately," he said in Mandarin.
"The thief would be on trial, not the store owner."
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