Recently, I was reading The Leader-Herald and became concerned with a piece I read in the Tri-county blotter. It concerned an arrest allegedly made by the Gloversville Police Department under the heading of "Man charged with failure to appear."
It appeared that this individual was arrested at one point for disorderly conduct. He apparently failed to reappear. It further appeared that the Gloversville City Court wanted him back and issued a "bench warrant" for his arrest for failing to appear. Gloversville police arrested the man, brought him before the court, which promptly released this man, without any bail, apparently in hopes that he will appear at a later time once again.
This, if true, is ridiculous.
It appears to me, a former police officer, that something is very wrong here. Apparently, the court felt it should issue a warrant that the police acted upon, as is their job. The police could have put their lives on the line in execution of the court-ordered warrant and as Police Chief Donald Van Duesen had, according to an article published in The Leader-Herald, the subject of the court order was released before the "ink was dried" on the officer's paperwork concerning the arrest.
There is something grossly wrong here. Why issue a bench warrant, if the court obviously had intentions of releasing this individual without any guarantees or bail for yet another appearance or maybe another bench warrant from this same court?
A day later, in this newspaper, appeared another article outlining a very similar incident in which a "bench warrant" was again issued for the arrest of yet another subject who was then taken before the same Gloversville City Court and again was released without bail, apparently hoping that the subject will appear a second time.
That's highly unlikely, in my opinion. Is this a way to curb crime?
ANTHONY REPPENHAGEN Sr.