Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) January 19, 2006 -- Mike Ference is a freelance writer, speaker, entrepreneur and one parent who can give you his side of the story about what may happen if your son or daughter is the victim of a random act of violence.
His 16-year-old son Adam was riding the bus to school when another student put a gun to the back of his head, only inches away from his son?s skull and fired. Through almost two decades and the birth of seven grandchildren Mike Ference never gave up his fight. He just ignored everyone who asked him to forget about the case. Finally, after years of investigating the attempted murder of his son Adam, he?s ready to release the not so civic- or Christian-minded details of how law enforcement, government officials and Catholic Clergy failed miserably at pretending to do their jobs.
?I never want another family to go through the Barney Fife-like investigation that preceded the attempted murder of my son. I tell it all. I don?t hold anything back. In Allegheny County if you want police protection, you have to pay for it, good police work doesn?t come without being connected,? says Mike Ference,
Unfortunately, it gets worse. Now that the puzzle pieces are all together, there?s still no place to go for help. Here?s a copy of an e-mail Mike Ference sent out to all the major Pittsburgh media and most of the Pennsylvania State Senators and Representatives and not one person ever replied.
?Just so you know I got a telephone call from the Allegheny County District Attorney?s office today. Spoke with Laura Ditka who handles child abuse cases for the DA?s office in Allegheny County. I was referred to her by Senator Jane Orie, who must have taken my comments seriously, at least enough to send a letter to the DA?s office and the Pennsylvania State Attorney?s office.
After talking to Ms. Ditka for over an hour, I felt slightly encouraged, at least for a minute or so. Looks like I did everything that I was supposed to do and could do as a concerned citizen worried about children being harmed. Unfortunately, everyone else dropped the ball, especially the Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese, McKeesport Police, West Mifflin Police and the DA?s office, to name just a few.?
Can the same thing happen to you and your family? Let?s hope not. But if it does, will you have a plan of action? Do you know who you will be able to trust? Even if your child is completely innocent and just a victim, will law enforcement, school and government officials do the right thing? Will you friends and neighbors step up to the plate? And if it?s a Catholic School, what are the rules?
The answers to these and many more questions will really surprise you and probably open your eyes on how some crimes are handled.
Here are some points to ponder:
Know who you would assign to handle communications between law enforcement, school and government officials and the media. This may be the most important detail to understand.
Press law enforcement officials for as many details as early on in the investigation as possible.
Secure the best legal representation possible. If you don?t, it will haunt you. Forget about a local attorney or one who may have handled family affairs. If the shooting takes place on Catholic Church property, forget about hiring a law firm with ties to a Catholic law school or university.
Find out as much information about the shooter as possible. The fact that the shooter?s parents have friends on the police force or maybe one of the parents was or is a police officer will also make a difference on how the investigation is handled.
Find out if the shooter?s family is connected politically or criminally, etc.
While you?re caring for the loved one who has been shot, there may be people with a vested interest who are shaping and tailoring the way the investigation needs to go. That?s why you need to assign someone, possibly a close friend or family member to keep tabs on what?s going on.
Mike Ference was blind to the type of justice and that?s why it took him 16 years to complete his own investigation. With no badge and no leverage, few people were willing to step forward and tell the truth. But after over 16 years, the story will be told. As for why a man stays on the case so long, ?that?s what my dad would have done for me,? says Mike Ference.