God speed Sgt. Chapin,
It is a sad day to have lost yet another Brother whom I have never met. My heart and prayers go out to the Chapin Family, Friends and the fellow LEO'S who were blessed with knowing this brave Officer. My heart and prayers also go out to all the additional Officer's and citizens who were involved in or wittnessed this tragic event.
R.I.P Sgt. Chapin
I have worked in both the State and Federal Law Enforcement field for an extended period of time. In the federal system the suspect usually does at least 85% of the time they are sentenced. The Feds also subscribe to the minimum mandatory sentencing guidelines. This eliminates the bleeding hearts from allowing these criminals back onto the street. There are regularly examples of sex offenders who are released from prison only to victimize again, often killing multiple victims prior to being caught by unsuspecting Probation and Parole Officer's (bleeding hearts). I agree with you the system is broken, Mathews should have never been released. If Mathews would have been Federally charged he likely would have been given a twenty + year sentence and not allowed parole. In an ideal world people such as Mathews would be given such a harsh sentence that if released they would be to old to harm any additional victims.
This is a tragic example of the frustrations of Law Enforcement throughout the country.
We work hard to place people such as Mathews in prison for the safety of the communities we are sworn to protect. Enter the other side of the justice system when they have more resources and work hard to place Mathews back into the communities, the cycle continues. Sadly this part of the cycle ended on Saturday when a Brave Officer lost his life protecting the same type of people who worked so hard to insure Mathews was given the chance to escape.