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to kill police just a prank
National Post, Tuesday, January 04, 2000
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Tuesday, January 04, 2000
Mother says teens' plot to kill police just a prank
The Canadian Press
BROCKVILLE - The mother of a teenager accused of plotting
to kill a police officer on New Year's Eve said yesterday
that her son and his two friends were only playing a game.
Police say the three youths had concocted an elaborate scheme
that involved killing an officer during a fireworks display
to mark the millennium on Brockville's waterfront.
But Wendy Langlands said the alleged plot was just part
of a game in which teenagers create characters and scenarios.
Dillon Langlands, 18, Lance Williams, 21, and a 15-year-old,
who cannot be named under provisions of the Young Offenders
Act, were arrested Friday and charged with conspiracy to
Ms. Langlands said it was all a misunderstanding. "They
weren't going to do anything. It was just a game,"
she said. "My son isn't dangerous."
The charges were laid after a two-day investigation by Brockville
and Ontario provincial police into an alleged plot to storm
a police command centre during New Year's festivities. Police
said the plan included stabbing a police officer inside
the centre, stealing a cruiser and fleeing into the United
States across a nearby international bridge.
Police said they heard about the plot from two citizens
who overheard conversations in the days leading up to New
Year's Eve. One caller picked up cellular telephone conversations
on a scanner.
The suspects were arrested just hours before the downtown
millennium events and fireworks were scheduled to begin.
At one point, Chief Barry King, of the Brockville police,
considered cancelling the festivities and issuing a province-wide
alert to other police departments to take precautions.
"This is an odd charge for the city of Brockville.
It doesn't happen every day so you wonder if it is a hoax,"
Sergeant Ed Stone said. "But the investigation indicated
this was what was planned. There are independent witnesses
to the conspiracy."
Detectives said they found evidence indicating the planning
had gone on for months and included other crimes to obtain
firearms, ammunition and supplies.
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