NCJ Does Burgess
Some of you might have seen the North Coast Journal's cover story this week: A history on the late Chris Burgess, kind of along the lines of the story the Times- Standard wrote not long a go but a bit more detailed.
I don't think you even really need to read between the lines in this story to see the kid had a tendency towards violence.
One thing I don't understand is the part about his first arrest. We've been told it was in regards to possession of a knife at school. The Journal relates that he threatened some other, older kids with the knife. Then it goes on to say "that the knife Chris had had a locking blade, making it a more serious weapon than a simple pocket knife.".
Any law enforcement types out there? I don't remember any difference in the law between a folding knife with a locking blade, or without. I know there's laws against switchblades and "gravity" knives, but never heard anything about knives with locking blades.
Maybe I'm forgetting something? It has been a while. Seems to me, if the kid threatened other kids with a knife, that's "Brandishing A Weapon", or whatever the crime is called. He could be arrested and taken to Juvenile Hall for that alone, regardless of the type of knife used.
As an aside, with regards to knives, I remember one time a girl was brought into The Hall for various offenses. First time she was ever in there, I believe. While inventorying her stuff someone finds a teeny little switchblade in her possessions- must not of even been two inches long opened.
The deputy that brought her in charged her with Possession of a Switchblade Knife. I was thinking to myself at the time, "Lame!".