Letting Li out on short and supervised walks, is humane treatment for someone who is mentally ill. He was found not criminally responsible and I understand the public`s anger and inability to accept this ruling because of the barbaric act he committed and because the public wants to assign blame to somebody, but we can only blame schizophrenia in this case. Li is a victim of his mental disorder. If we as a society succumb to acting barbarically towards Li by not granting him basic human rights, wont we be equally despicable.
Two wrongs dont make a right. An eye for an eye will only make the world go blind.
I hope the public becomes more educated about mental illness. The man they are allowing on 15 min walks is not the same person who brutally murdered Tim McLean. He is now attending programming and treatment and is on medications. People who have diseases of the mind, should not be in prison.
I am shocked and disgusted by the public`s ignorance and lack of understanding about mental illnesses. They lack compassion and sympathy for the mentally ill, and call for barbaric and uncivilized measures such as deportation, imprisonment and even execution. Vincent Li needs treatment, not prison. I am disgusted by the people who believe those with mental illnesses deserve no rights and no sympathy. Li should not be treated as a criminal. Li suffers from a mental illness that people are too quick to stigmatize. It is not right or humane to cage someone for the rest of their life because they had no control over their actions. Those calling for harsh and brutal punishment, simply do not understand mental disorders. Escorted walks will benefit his mental health. Have some compassion and a little humanity people.
The headline of this CBC story is misleading and inflammatory. First of all, you cannot call Vince Li, the greyhound killer, because technically under the law, he is not a criminal. He was found not criminally responsible due to mental disorder. I cant believe this is even news. Being allowed supervised walks is a human right, not a newsworthy story. The media is over sensationalizing this story because they know it will result in a public uproar.
Clearly, none of the public understands mental illness. If they anything about psychosis and psychotic episodes, they wouldnt be so condemning of this man. Would you condemn someone if their brakes failed and they killed somebody with their vehicle. Is neurological failure somehow morally wrong whereas vehicular failure is morally right. Vince Li did not make a choice to kill. He suffered from neurological failure. Psychosis is not a conscious choice. It is the subconscious acting out things that you are not even aware of. Shame on the people who advocate for the death penalty in Canada. We should not imprison or execute those who are mentally ill and have no control over their actions.
I do not understand how endlessly punishing a mentally ill person can make some people feel better about themselves or the victims. If vengeance and retribution and punishment are all that they are after, then we dont require a judicial system at all. All we would require are assassins and those who practice vigilante justice. The doctors and review board who made this decision are obviously considering public safety and risk and came to the conclusion that supervised walks are not a risk to public safety and are a humane right for Li. Being allowed escorted walks will not harm anybody or put anybody in harm`s way, because Li is a different person than he was when he committed that crime. He is in a different mental state.
There is an appalling lack of education about mental illnesses by the majority of the public. Li is a schizophrenic who suffered from a major psychotic episode. It was not Li`s fault he developed this disorder and he has no control over his actions. They were unconscious and involuntary and unintentional. His actions were not a choice. What Canada needs, is better education! There are so many hateful and ignorant people so intent on revenge. We should not brutally kill people for being sick with a mental disorder, which was out of their control. We live in a so-called civilized society! This is not the dark ages.
Li is not a criminal. He is mentally ill. It was his mental disorder, delusions and voices which compelled him to commit that horrific act. It was not rational and not by choice. This was not an act of murder, as murder requires that the act be deliberate, intentional, planned, pre-meditated, etc. Punishing this man would serve no purpose. There is no reason or benefit to society derived from torturing this man. He should not be further punished and deprived for an act which he did not intend to commit. The doctors and review board has education and knowledge about mental disorders and they feel Li should be allowed supervised walks. Clearly, he does not pose a risk to the public or anybody, because he is a different person than he was when he committed the brutal act.
People advocating to lock him up, execute him and never let him see daylight again are no better than Li is! Where is your humanity!
Yes, Li did tell the police after the act that he was sorry and that he was guilty. But that just demonstrates that he did suffer from a psychotic episode. This is not evidence of intent, or a guilty mind.
Lack of sunlight can cause many problems, such as depression and erratic behaviour. Confinement would only worsen Li`s mental condition. We must treat the mentally ill in a humane manner or we as a society, are no better than they are. Schizophrenia can be treated, controlled and successfully managed. I agree, the crime committed was horrible and brutal but treating the mentally ill like criminals or animals serves no useful purpose whatsoever. Has anybody ever heard of forgiveness! Li did not kill McLean out of intent or hatred. It is not right or humane to cage and confine someone for the rest of their life because they had no control over what they were doing. Escorted walks will help Li`s mental condition.
I completely agree with allowing him to have supervised walks outside for sunshine and fresh air. Denying that basic human right, would be considered inhumane and uncivilized. Li is a different person mentally, than he was when he committed that brutal act on McLean. He has been attending treatment programming and taking medications. He is not nearly as dangerous as he was two years ago. Li is a victim of his mental disorder and needs to be treated in a humane manner and with dignity and respect. Confinement without seeing sunshine, will likely only worsen his mental condition and can lead to depression and erratic behaviour. There is absolutely no reason to be opposed to supervised walks outside, other than if you are seeking revenge, which is not justifiable.
Cerain members of the Winnipeg media give him the convenient label of "psycho killer" (thanks, Alfred Hitchcock) without realizing that his condiiton is responsible for his actions.
He did something that no person in their right mind would do. Depending on your point of view, you could argue that he did not "kill" Mr. McLean so much as "cause the death of" him by being an instrument of his illness.
It's difficult to wrap one's head around because when someone is killed, people want to get angry and someone must pay. However if mental problems did not have such a stigma attached, perhaps people like Mr. Li would get the help they need before events such as the death of Tim McLean occur.