LETTERS: Slow pace of justice

Editor:

Re: Police believe there were witnesses, Dec. 11; Man killed in struggle with police officers, July 22.

Editor:

Re: Police believe there were witnesses, Dec. 11.

I was very distraught by this incident that claimed the life of 15-year-old Dario Bartoli a year ago.

I went over it many times and wondered how there were no witnesses and no one was talking.

I know Bakerview Park well, as I spent lots of time walking my dog there. It is mostly frequented by seniors with their dogs as well as families with children at the playground. However, I did detect some unsavory people – mostly in their teens – among the trees on the west side. I think everyone was aware that there were drugs and pot smoked there. Often there were traces left behind in the morning.

Anyway, I was very upset to see the headline in the paper, obviously trying to see if anybody will come forth after a year has gone by.

My question is, if he had a friend with him, as was reported, didn’t he come forward? Surely if he didn’t offer information, there must be other ways to find it.

I can’t believe that the police have yet to find any clues. Isn’t that what the police department is for?

D. Barros, White Rock

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Re: Man killed in struggle with police officers, July 22.

Five months have passed since the tragic death of Hudson Brooks in the heart of our community.

Just 10 days later, you were kind enough to publish my letter proposing the importance that the Independent Investigations Office proceed in a rapid and accurate manner to maintain confidence in our law enforcement (Confidence in police at stake, July 29 letters).

Unfortunately, I note from the IIO website that, as of Dec. 7, they have only completed a little over half of the tasks associated with this case.

I am appalled that they are either under-resourced or incapable of providing an essential response within a reasonable timescale.

While forensic or ballistic assessments from the scene are relevant, they are not essential to the deliberations of what actions resulted in the death of a human being (Hundreds march after three months without answers, Oct. 21).

I can only hope that local politicians are equally concerned at the lack of urgency in resolving this matter and applying pressure in an appropriate manner.

My thoughts are with Hudson’s family and friends at what continues to be a disgraceful situation, at this sensitive time of year.

David Hutchinson, Surrey

 

 

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