We, the members of the Saratoga Springs community, demand a more comprehensive explanation of the decision to not alert the public to the details of the September 1st rape at the corner of Lake and East Avenues. Despite the fact that the case was (and remains) unresolved, the public was not alerted to the crime until two weeks after it occurred. Police Chief Cole's November 5 explanation of why the public was not alerted earlier is not satisfactory. Releasing information about the crime would have only served to protect the public, not create "chaos" as the police department has suggested. Until the suspect is in police custody, we feel that all women in this community are potentially in danger and further demand that a public notification to that effect be made without delay. We demand that the police in future follow common sense safety protocols such as releasing a description of the crime & the suspect to ensure public safety is protected.
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