How US differs from us on crime

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The story of the two British lads who were murdered in Florida is truly a tragic one.

But I couldn’t help observing certain procedures the Sarasota police took compared to what might have happened here in the same situation.

First off, the suspect – obviously armed and dangerous – was taken into custody within a few hours of the killings, whereas our police would have cordoned off a square mile of the neighbourhood and had swathes of coppers scampering around in cars and vans followed by obligatory teams of Health & Safety advisors (think Raoul Moat). Shortly after being apprehended, Shawn Tyson was named as the chief suspect and his photo released, even though he was only 16. Here, his anonymity would have been vigorously protected ‘because of legal reasons’.

Next, the DA said they were considering trying the youth in court as an adult, I assume because he committed an adult crime. This would never happen here because of ever-expanding human rights granted to criminals in this country.

Finally, the US prosecutors announced that if the perpetrator was found guilty they would seek the death penalty, a punishment we abolished half a century ago and will never be reinstated because of the army of do-gooders that continually rally against fair justice. There was one similarity though: the offender was released from custody only hours before those heinous crimes were committed!

Peter Flynn, Hillsborough