They say the Mounties always get their man. Thanks to YouTube Hamilton police nabbed theirs. This isn’t the first time that YouTube has been credited with contributing to an arrest – apparently some street racers were arrested in Manitoba after they posted clips of their antics online.
Now, on the face of it I think this is a good thing. The cops have a job to do, which is to catch criminals. A man was murdered. Some have jumped up to criticize the decision to post video on YouTube, but the way I see it the cops were innovative and used every possible avenue of investigation at their disposal.
Nothing wrong with that. Especially when it’s legal and gets quick results.
But there was one thing I did take note of. No witnesses came forward to identify the people responsible What this has me wondering is if the use of video might also lead to charging people with obstruction of justice when they witness a crime and fail to give a statement to the police.
It was really a random side thought, that has nothing to do with YouTube – after all, video cameras for security purposes have been around for a long time. I think that, after the past few days of discussing personal freedoms, it has me wondering if people should have the right to walk away when they see a crime.
Thoughts on that one?
And if that’s too heavy for you, check this out. The talented John McFetridge is flashing at Muzzle Flash with Plugged. If my say-so isn’t enough to send you over there, the piece starts with the line: Summer had seen bigger dildos.
If John’s debut, Dirty Sweet isn’t on your Christmas list, you have four shopping days left for someone to go get it for you. You won’t regret it. Although I haven’t posted my official top 10 list of the year, this is one of the books that’s on it.
1. GEORGE APPEL (electrocuted in 1928)
As he was being strapped into the electric chair, Appel quipped, “Well, folks, you'll soon see a baked Appel.”
2. JESSE WALTER BISHOP (gassed in 1979)
The last man to die in Nevada's gas chamber, Bishop's final words were, “I've always wanted to try everything once . . . Let's go!”
3. GUY CLARK (hanged in 1832)
On the way to the gallows, the sheriff told Clark to speed up the pace. Clark replied, “Nothing will happen until I get there.”
4. JAMES DONALD FRENCH (electrocuted in 1966)
Turning to a newsman on his way to the electric chair, French helpfully suggested, “I have a terrific headline for you in the morning. ‘French Fries’.”
5. ROBERT ALTON HARRIS (gassed in 1992)
The last person to die in the gas chamber at San Quentin, Harris issued a final statement through the prison warden that stated, “You can be a king or a street-sweeper, but everybody dances with the Grim Reaper.” The quote was inspired by a line from the film Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey.
6. WILLIAM PALMER (hanged in 1856)
As he stepped onto the gallows, Palmer looked at the trapdoor and exclaimed, “Are you sure it's safe?”
7. SIR WALTER RALEIGH (beheaded in 1618)
Feeling the edge of the axe soon to be used on him, Raleigh said, ''’Tis a sharp remedy, but a sure one for all ills.”
8. JAMES W. RODGERS (shot in 1960)
Asked if he had a last request, Rodgers stated, “Why, yes – a bulletproof vest.”
9. FREDERICK CHARLES WOOD (electrocuted in 1963)
Sitting down in the electric chair, Wood said, “Gentlemen, you are about to see the effects of electricity upon wood.”