Yesterday I spent an hour or so watching lots of kids play at a playground about 5 blocks from the VOA Pogue Center. Little did I know that they had recently kicked a violent sexual offender, Anthony Kirkland out onto the streets. In fact, I looked back on the notices that the Sheriff sends out, and found that we were never even notified that he resided here. Not that it would matter. When you get 3 or 4 a week, all the names and faces become a blur. And another reason it doesn't matter is because he committed the crime many miles from here.
But, tonight I found out that we have some tangential relationship to young woman, Esme Kenney that Kirkland apparently killed yesterday. She attended school in the neighborhood and her mother worked at a local shop. And I cannot believe that the people who are charged with enforcing the law fell down on the job to such a tragic result.
Apparently Kirkland, a man with a very long criminal record, including murder was ordered to the Pogue Center at 115 W. McMicken. But when he violated their behavior rules, they just opened the door and told him to walk down the street! Un-Believable!
The guy has a parole officer! The officer should be called, and he should be re-arrested for violating his parole, end of story. The staff person at the Pogue Center who made the decision to let him walk should be fired, at minimum. And if it turns out that this procedure is Pogue policy, then the Center should lose it's license.
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