Call me old fashioned, but isn’t it the cops, or at the very least, sheriff’s deputies, who are supposed to administer the “rough justice” in this town? Nevertheless, Portland Police don’t appear to have arrested a neighbor for beating an alleged peeping tom in NW Portland last night. From the cops’ public information officer, Sergeant Brian Schmautz:
On Sunday, November 11, 2007, at 11:50 pm, Central Precinct officers were called to the 2600 block of Northwest Raleigh Street on a shots fired call. When they arrived they found an area resident holding down 30-year-old Jeremy Peter Goulet who appeared to have been beaten. The area resident stated that about a month ago they saw a peeping tom in the area but did not call police. Tonight when they arrived home they saw Goulet and recognized him as the peeping tom. The resident confronted Goulet who, unbeknownst to the area resident, was armed with a handgun. The area resident and Goulet began to struggle and as they were fighting, Goulet discharged the handgun several times. A large crowd began to gather and about a dozen people stood around watching the resident fighting with Goulet. While several people called 911, no one would intervene to help the resident who was calling out for help. In fact, one person told the 911 dispatcher that he was not going to get involved.“As you can see…”:
Officers arrested Goulet on two counts of Attempted Assault in the First Degree, one count of Unauthorized Use of a Firearm, and one count Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. Goulet was transported to OHSU to receive medical attention for injuries sustained in the struggle and was then taken to the Justice Center Jail. Detectives have asked that I withhold the name of the area resident and the 911 calls until they can complete their investigation. The photo of the suspect is available from the Identification Division. As you will see from the photo, the suspect was struck several times during the struggle. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Eric Kammerer at (503) 823-0762.
What do you think? Should the person beating him have been arrested, too? Does Goulet have civil recourse against the citizen who beat him? Or did he probably deserve it, for his alleged crimes? What would you have done in the neighbor’s position, and would you feel bad about it afterwards? For clarity: Goulet is yet to be convicted of any crime.
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