Monday, August 01, 2005

Canucks too embarrassed to prosecute natives: "A First Nations activist arrested in a dramatic police take-down on the Burrard Bridge last month says he still hasn't been charged with anything. David Dennis, a member of the West Coast Warriors -- and two other men -- were stopped in their van and arrested at gunpoint on June 27 by the RCMP's Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET). The police seized 14 hunting rifles and 10,000 rounds of ammunition. The three men were released a short time later. Dennis says his lawyer has told him a charge of possession of a dangerous weapon with the intent to commit a crime is being considered. But Dennis doubts it would ever stand up in court. 'I can't see where they would try to find a charge that would precede a crime. Because no way have we committed any crime in the past, and no way will be committing a crime in the future.' Dennis also argues that his rifles were fully registered, and he wants them back. ... RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Tom Seaman will only say the investigation is ongoing, and the guns are not being returned for now."

Atlanta oldster shoots alleged home invader twice : A 69-year-old man stopped two alleged home invaders when he met their rush into his southwest Atlanta home with shots from his handgun. One of the alleged home invaders, a 16-year-old, was shot in the chest and arm. Atlanta police Sgt. Kevin Iosty said a woman knocked on the door of Robert Evans' Ira Street home about 11:15 p.m. Tuesday, asking for beer. When Evans opened the door, two males rushed in, one armed with a shotgun, Iosty said. Evans "retrieved his own handgun and shot one of the perpetrators twice, at which point both males and the female took off running, jumped in a black Saturn and fled," Iosty said. Arriving officers broadcast a description of the Saturn, and other officers spotted the car on the Downtown Connector at Fulton Street. Police stopped the car and found a 16-year-old male in the back seat with gunshot wounds. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. His condition was not available Wednesday afternoon. Two women, ages 19 and 38, also were in the Saturn, which had been stolen. The wounded youth and the women were charged with armed robbery and theft by receiving, Iosty said. Police declined to release the names of those arrested because one of the suspects remained on the run. No charges have been filed against Evans, Iosty said.

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