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WATCH: Cop killer asks to be moved to a less secure area of hospital

Richard Kachkar was found not criminally responsible for killing Toronto Police Sergeant Ryan Russell

Richard Kachkar
(File Photo)

A man who killed a Toronto police officer with a snow plow is requesting to be moved to a less secure unit at the mental health facility where he is detained.

Richard Kachkar was found not criminally responsible last March for killing Sgt. Ryan Russell in 2011.

The Ontario Review Board, which decides if and how people found not criminally responsible should be detained, ordered at an initial hearing last year that Kachkar be held in a secure forensic unit at Ontario Shores mental health hospital in Whitby, Ont.

He has been detained there for about a year and at his first annual review Kachkar, through his lawyer, requested that the board order him moved to the general forensic unit.

The hospital is recommending that he be kept in the secure unit and that his conditions not change - a recommendation supported by the Crown.

The review board ruled last year that Kachkar should be allowed escorted passes into the community, which was beyond the privileges Kachkar's lawyer requested.

The Crown appealed that decision, but Ontario's Appeal Court dismissed it, siding with the review board in ruling that granting Kachkar escorted trips into the community posed minimal risk to the public.

Russell's widow Christine called the board's previous decision a ``slap in the face'' and is attending Kachkar's hearing, along with her family.

NCR patients are subject to annual reviews at which board members decide whether they should get more or fewer privileges, or even be given an absolute discharge, once they are deemed to no longer pose a significant threat to public safety.

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  1. ephena posted on 04/22/2014 09:03 AM
    Cue all the people who don't actually get the concept of NCR but still consider themselves to be experts on the crazies, to lose their minds.
    1. Jack posted on 04/22/2014 02:26 PM
      @ephena He killed a police officer, full stop. Whether he knew what he was doing or was just listening to the little green man that lives in his left shoe, HE KILLED A POLICE OFFICER.

      The only rational way to deal with him is to put him in a small room, lock the door, and conveniently "forget" to bring him food or let him out for about ten months.
  2. Irina posted on 04/22/2014 05:48 PM
    So, if the guy killed a kid or an elderly person or a woman with a stroller, nobody would care how he's been punished.
    Police officers are there to serve community. They are not Gods of that community.
    Everyone have to be treated equally.
    In that specific case the police officer could do better than going under the snow plow
    1. Jim posted on 04/23/2014 07:53 AM
      @Irina Are you really as stupid as your comment makes you sound? In cases like this everyone is not equal. The taking of an innocent life is a tragedy in all cases, however, Police Officers are different. They go to work with the obligation to protect you and I, even at the cost of their own life. They know this, yet they become Police Officer's anyway. That does make them different, not better, but certainly different.
  3. sarah posted on 04/22/2014 08:02 PM
    He stole a plow then drove it erratically for hours, saw the cruiser and pulled away from it just as the officer tripped and fell into the path of the plow. Call it what you like, but it hardly sounds that sinister. Vehicular homicide or manslaughter, definitely. And a tragedy. But continually ramping up the community with the "cop killer" title and putting the officer's family through the ringer is just plain wrong.
    1. Jim posted on 04/23/2014 07:49 AM
      @sarah What's wrong is ignorant people like you. "Cop Killer" is accurate, the man he killed was in fact a Police Officer. And it isn't that phrase that ramps people up it's the fact that he killed someone, cop or otherwise, and is basically going to walk away from it without really suffering any consequences.

      This wasn't justice. This was expediency. The jury should be ashamed of themselves and have to face the officer's widow and tell her that the accused shouldn't rot in jail until Hell freezes over. It's time we started putting the right's of victims and society ahead of protecting the guilty.

      It's time for a return to the Death Penalty.
  4. DavidW_8846 posted on 04/23/2014 10:06 AM
    It is a shame that this family will have to keep going through this hell over and over again. We have no right to call this justice. We bend over backwards for the criminal and throw the victims under the bus. If someone can commit murder and not be held responsible for it, they need to be locked up in an institution. Why all the emphasis on this person being reintroduced into society. I am sure we can get along just fine without him.
  5. Karl Burgin posted on 04/23/2014 10:12 AM
    I believe NCR was the right call in his case. But pushing for him to become "free" so quickly is absolutely wrong.
    Who ever is in charge of signing his freedom papers should be 100% LIABLE, if anything were to happen involving this guy.
    Even if he's doing well, keep him in whatever facility he's in for an extended period.
    If the doctors/pencil-pushers are so confident that he has full rehabilitated, then they should be looking for a house/apartment that is next door to their residence for this guy to live.
    Or better yet, have this guy move into the spare room of their home for a few months.
  6. john posted on 04/23/2014 11:35 AM
    clearly u guys dont understand something about cops . there are like a gang at some point this peaces of shit is going to be free . when that happens i bet u some cops will be happy to see him . or should i say beat him .
    1. Jim posted on 04/23/2014 03:58 PM
      @john And ignorant S.O.B.'s like you should be number 2 on hit list. May I suggest you take some good advice, "It is better to keep your mouth shut and let people think you fool than to open it and remove all doubt."
    2. john's mom posted on 04/24/2014 05:52 AM
      @john Clearly you don't understand something about yourself - you are too lazy to attempt English.
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