Did the Massachusetts Justice System Fail Our Community?

What a devastating week for Cape Codders and anyone who has any compassion for human life – the passing of K-9 Officer Sean Gannon. As you know, Sean was just 32 years old. He left behind a wife and many members of his extended family.

Why did this happen? He was going into a house on Blueberry Lane, in Marstons Mills, to serve a warrant to an “animal,” who had 125 charges on his criminal record. Did the Massachusetts justice system fail the Cape Cod community and Officer Gannon? Many people say “yes.”

This thug spent four years in prison, allegedly strangled a pregnant woman and allegedly stabbed a man at an intersection, and that’s just the beginning of his rap sheet!

Now, granted, anyone in law enforcement knows that every single day they could be putting themselves in harm’s way to protect the public, and anything can go wrong at a moment’s notice. This was one of those times … but WHY?

Sean was the handler to K-9 “Nero” who was shot in the head and neck. He has a long road to recovery ahead but, after surgery, he’s been making great progress – even walking and eating on his own. Nero is a fighter!

Officer Gannon was married less than two years ago. Did his wife, Dara, and his family ever think they would be writing his obituary now at age 32? They were just at the beginning of their life together.

His mother, Denise, said, “The local and national outpouring of love and support has given us strength to carry on and gives us the faith in the goodness of people. The obituary you NEVER want to write is for your own child.”

In my opinion, after that many charges this criminal should NOT have been out on the street. Our system failed him. If it hadn’t, Officer Gannon would still be with us today.

About Karen Blake

Karen Blake is the host for The Karen & Ralphie Morning Show weekdays from 6 to 10 a.m. on The Q (WQRC 99.9 FM), Cape Cod’s Fresh Mix.


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