Upstate big apple Mayor, Fmr Police leader, Leads law enforcement officials on Chase, Throwing Crack From His car
In a story that something out of an episode of an Adult Swim cartoon, the Mayor of Massena, NY, town’s former was arrested this month after speeding far away police while throwing crack cocaine out of the window of his car.
Timmy J. Currier, and current mayor of the village of Massena has announced a league of absence this month after a video showed him getting arrested at gunpoint after leading police on a high-speed chase.
Before becoming mayor of Massena, Currier was the city’s top cop. He was the Massena for over — which where he developed his affinity for crack.
According to police, during the chase, this former chief of police current mayor began throwing crack out of the window to avoid getting caught with it.
The incident began as an undercover Currier was a suspect. Officials with the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office said detectives and special agents from an in association with the U.S. Dept. of attempted Currier’s vehicle over on suspicion of drug sales and possession on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 12:25 p.m.
However, Currier stop when police initiated the stop and instead led them on a chase. Detectives said they witnessed Currier throw the crack from his passenger’s side window as he was occupant of the vehicle.
When police finally to Currier, the mayor was held at gunpoint and pulled from the car, before being handcuffed and the jail. Syracuse.com, Currier was charged with seventh-degree of a , a misdemeanor, and released at a later date.
Apparently, his and his current position mayor has granted him privilege among the class and he was simply allowed right out of the jail, posting no bail, and facing no other charges despite running from cops.
After his arrest, Currier issued a public apology, essentially admitting to the crimes:
“Some time ago, I made some poor decisions that unfortunately led me down a path my arrest on Tuesday, December 1st. I cannot express how embarrassed and disappointed in myself and for my family and friends.
I want to apologize to my family and friends who show me, unconditional love, during these difficult times.
Please remember that the Village of Massena employees and staff do incredible work for this community each day. My poor decisions reflect negatively upon them in any way.
I have spent 32 years of service working for the citizens of Massena North Country. always appreciated their trust and support. I hope and pray that have to regain that trust.
This morning I informed Deputy Mayor Matt LeBire and Village Administrator Monique Chatland that be taking a leave of absence from my position as Village of Massena Mayor, so I can seek professional treatment. Deputy Mayor LeBire will as acting Mayor in my absence.
I ask respect my family’s privacy during this difficult time.”
Had Currier not been the mayor former , rest assured that he would likely still be in jail . Indeed, many will argue — and rightfully so — that Currier should face harsher punishment the betrayal of his trust community. However, had Currier not made a living off of kidnapping and caging people for these acts, he shouldn’t be “punished” for them—no one should.
Criminalizing addiction and have done nothing to curb use. People dying streets at an increasing rate and no amount of can stop it. In fact, since the inception of the , and overdoses have gotten worse. Why is that?
Last year, as reported on incident a cop — whose job consisted of locking people in cages for illegal substances — overdosed while on duty. Luckily for Franklin Township Matthew D. Ellery, 29, he was found early enough his life officer who his overdose was an EMT.
As we reported, mayor, Ellery jail for betraying the people he served, instead, he received drug treatment and probation.
Unlike Ellery mayor, the thousands who get caught with similar substances get their treatment and locked cage. Clearly, not working.
Research — many officials — shows that of incarceration, especially for repeat drug offenders, simply treating their addiction. also for a society that values freedom.
The good news is that some across the country is realizing that treatment — not cages — curbs of addiction successfully.
Currier’s arrest as a to the country who continues to blindly support the war on drugs. Your support for kidnapping and caging drug users is causing unnecessary suffering and even mass death. And, led of drug epidemics has ever seen. When the state’s war on drugs can’t even prevent its own enforcers mayor and former from driving down the road throwing crack from the window, it’s we rethink where going. End the now.
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