Police in Eastlake, Ohio has their hands full. After the community went into outrage after a recent arrest, the Eastlake Police Department was forced to go public and post a message on Facebook clarifying a few things. Because the arrest of young Richard Adams, sparked outrage among the people, the police wanted to make sure the citizens knew they were being heard but that they had a reason to do so.
Richard Adams had assaulted a teenage boy in town. For that, it makes sense that he was arrested. However, the context of the situation must also be considered. The only reason Adams was attacking the teenage boy was that he caught the teen sexually assaulting a 5-year-old child.
“We have received numerous e-mails, phone calls, and communications in which people have expressed their emotions and frustrations with the recent case that we had involving the investigation of a rape of a 5-year-old and the assault of the accused 17-year-old male,” the police department wrote.
Because it appears that Adams came to the child’s rescue while he was being raped, the Ohio community does not understand why the police locked up Adams. Was he not doing a community service by punishing a child rapist after he caught him in the act? Wasn’t his response reasonable given that he had witnessed one of the most disturbing crimes a person can commit? The people of Eastlake thought so, but the police had their reasons.
The police wrote how Adams posted bond on Friday and had been released. He has also been assigned a court date and will be standing trial for assaulting someone who he caught in the act of raping a five-year-old. Why would the police department of this Ohio town be punishing him? That’s what the people want to know.
“We truly understand the interest, passion, and concerns with this type of case,” the police wrote. “It has been processed by the court and will continue to go through the system. Most of the people within our police departments, courts, and the entire justice system have families of their own, and the men and women are diligently working to ensure that everything is done correctly so that justice is served.”
Would you be outraged at your local police department for punishing a young man who came to the defense of a child being victimized by a rapist?
The police conclude their Facebook post with:
“To attack people within the system to achieve a certain outcome is not what justice is about. We appreciate the impact that this story has had on the community and beyond, but we expect people to be civil in expressing their disagreement and/or support of what has and will take place.”
Adams, 20, walked in while a teenage boy was raping a child. Adams yelled for someone to call the police while he ran over to stop the abuse from progressing any further.
“I didn’t just call the cops and let it pursue. I stepped into action and stopped it.”
Now the Eastlake Police are punishing him for it.
Adams also had trouble reining back his attack because he was similarly abused as a child.