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Name-calling clouds the facts in Kate Tibbitts case

Kate Tibbitts is remembered as a longtime animal advocate and trusting neighbor.On Sept. 3, she and her two dogs were attacked and killed at her home.It should never have happened.The suspect in the case was out on parole for an assault case when he was arrested in June for auto theft.Instead of being kept in jail for a likely violation of his parole, he was released the same day.The sheriff and district attorney said this was because of the zero-bail policy.Sheriff Scott Jones went so far on Facebook as to blame “liberal, anti-public-safety policies.”But KCRA Investigates uncovered that in Tibbitts’ case the suspect’s violent criminal history would have made him ineligible for zero bail.And here’s the thing — the parole officer was never even called in the case. Instead, the suspect was released 13 hours later.Our public leaders do us a disservice with the name-calling and blame game. It clouds the facts because it’s easier to point the finger.The only thing that comes from it, is no solution.And we can’t bring back Kate Tibbits.As legal experts and former law enforcement have explained to us, there’s a lot of blame to spread around.The system did fail — we can all agree on that.So let’s move forward to fix it, understanding that solutions to our complex problems don’t come in a small box.Ariel Roblin is the president and general manager of KCRA 3 and My58. See more of her editorials here.

Kate Tibbitts is remembered as a longtime animal advocate and trusting neighbor.

On Sept. 3, she and her two dogs were attacked and killed at her home.

It should never have happened.

The suspect in the case was out on parole for an assault case when he was arrested in June for auto theft.

Instead of being kept in jail for a likely violation of his parole, he was released the same day.

The sheriff and district attorney said this was because of the zero-bail policy.

Sheriff Scott Jones went so far on Facebook as to blame “liberal, anti-public-safety policies.”

But KCRA Investigates uncovered that in Tibbitts’ case the suspect’s violent criminal history would have made him ineligible for zero bail.

And here’s the thing — the parole officer was never even called in the case. Instead, the suspect was released 13 hours later.

Our public leaders do us a disservice with the name-calling and blame game. It clouds the facts because it’s easier to point the finger.

The only thing that comes from it, is no solution.

And we can’t bring back Kate Tibbits.

As legal experts and former law enforcement have explained to us, there’s a lot of blame to spread around.

The system did fail — we can all agree on that.

So let’s move forward to fix it, understanding that solutions to our complex problems don’t come in a small box.


Ariel Roblin is the president and general manager of KCRA 3 and My58. See more of her editorials here.