By —Andrew MacLeod
Monday Magazine Feb 07 2007
Shot driver on crack
One of the last people to talk with John Seguin, who Victoria police shot February 3 at the corner of Hillside Ave. and Blackwood Street while he drove a stolen SUV, says he seemed to be high on drugs.
“He was doing the crack dance all over the place, he sure was,” says Tara Parker, who adds she asked Seguin if he knew who had broken into her Quadra Street home the night before. “The reason he went for those cops is he was right out of his head. He was cracked right out, and I saw him right before he got shot. I was probably the last person to talk to him.”
According to a report in the Times Colonist, Seguin’s wife says he was “spending a peaceful evening” at home with her, three children and a granddaughter before going out just after 7 p.m. on an errand. By 8 p.m. police spotted him in the stolen vehicle and within minutes he was shot and soon died.
Parker says she doesn’t believe Seguin could have got that high that fast. “He had to be doing it at home he was so high,” she says. But she can understand his wife’s comments to the paper: “Everyone always wants to remember the good things.”
Man, Monday Magazine
is pretty execrable (high-falutin' way of saying "sh*tty"), but this ranks right up there. Why are they printing hearsay like this? I haven't seen the article in print, BUT
-- is there more? More to corroborate Tara Parker's assumptions re. "the crack dance," or her judgement that "she doesn’t believe Seguin could have got that high that fast"? Ms Parker "knows" that "he went for those cops" and that "he was right out of his head," eh? Well, lordy mama, judge & jury in one. Well done, Tara. The voice of the people has spoken, I guess. If it were a Provincial gov't. Minister, would Mr. MacLeod have given him the same unqualified sort of space, hmmm?
Oh, but this is Monday
, the poseur magazine capable of claiming to be against capitalist exploitation on all fronts, even while it publishes articles on Jesus-, Virgin Mary-, or Buddha-shaped butt plugs, extolling their virtues. Never mind that these are crappy (sorry, bad joke) items made for probably 25 cents a piece in some off-shore sweat shop, but sold by counter-cultural ueber-cool alternative types (did I mention how kewl
they are?] for $12.95 or something. Oh yeah, that kind of capitalism is ok by Monday's
"standards" <kof kof>, maybe 'cause any little old shit can stick a butt plug up his arse (especially if s/he can't get the real thing -- equality and democracy and ease of access to all, y'all!), but in business-as-usual, just remember who you have to stick it to.
(My vehement little rant is sparked by a column about said butt plugs, some weeks/ months ago. I'm an atheist -- I do not object on religious grounds. I object on the ground of Monday
being full of cant without being willing to admit to it.)
Look, maybe the guy was
high on crack. My problem is: is it legitimate to speculate on it in this way? To print the this assumption as though it were fact?
And to what end?