Why is Police Chief Foy downplaying the fatal beating of William Hyde?
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I am writing this after many weeks of deliberation, and strongly feel I must do so. Bill Hyde, a hardworking man and resident of St. Thomas, was robbed and brutally beaten on Nov. 23, 2012, and left for dead in a bathroom stall at Magens Bay Beach.
Approximately 3½ weeks later, he died from those injuries. Five young men have since been arrested and charged with attempted murder.
On Jan. 9, 2013, The Daily News reported that St. Thomas Police Chief Darren Foy said, "I wouldn't describe Hyde's beating as particularly brutal. I wouldn't think of it as particularly alarming. I just think it's something that occurred."
I am more than sickened and saddened by those remarks. I am astounded that as our police chief, Foy could view a "brutal beating" as "something that just occurred" and "not particularly alarming."
So I ask this question: What exactly would it take to make the fatal beating of a human being "alarming"- and not "just an occurrence"? I fail to understand.
I hope those that have been charged will be held fully accountable and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Rest in peace, Bill.
- Theresa Morey, St. Thomas