First I have to get this out of the way... Remember I told you that Philadelphia Mayor John Street had said that things like this happen because the federal government cut drug and alcohol programs?
"Lewis, a high school dropout whose mother is a Philadelphia corrections officer, was arrested in 2005 on drug charges and placed in a treatment program, which he completed in February. The drug charges and a 2006 attempted theft charge were then withdrawn. In June, he was again arrested on drug charges; that case is pending." (source)
But when things are bad, it's little things like this that make you (or me) feel better:
"Philadelphia police detectives arrived on a flight this afternoon to collect John Lewis, the apprehended suspect in last week's killing of Police Officer Chuck Cassidy.
Observing a police tradition, the detectives tucked an extra item into their luggage: Cassidy's chrome handcuffs, which they plan to use to bring the suspect north to face prosecution here." (source)
Dana, from Common Sense Political Thought, has a post up concerning the gun that killed Officer Cassidy and Philly's "catch and release" program. Does the blame rest with the City of Philadelphia in addition to John Lewis?
Wyatt (Support Your Local Gunfighter) made the news about the arrest of John Lewis...though I won't tell which one he is to protect his Conservative Blogging identity in this very left-leaning city. Wyatt also has an address posted for people that wish to make donations to the Cassidy family:
The Charles Cassidy Family Memorial Trust Fund
901 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
UPDATE: For those that haven't seen it: Lewis confesses on camera to local NBC reporter.