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January 8, 2013

Must be nice to be a Corrupt Toronto Cop at Sentencing Time

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I truly get sick of seeing corrupt policemen, instead of receiving prison time for their crimes, be rewarded for them instead by our asinine justice system.

Clearly judges in Ontario are taking lessons in stupidity from B.C. Supreme Court Judge Janice Dillon, who sentenced former RCMP Corporal Monty Robinson to a whopping 30 days of house arrest for obstruction of justice after he killed Orion Hutchinson while driving drunk.

Justice Gladys Pardu, in doing what judges seem to do best when confronted with corrupt cops, decided they have “suffered enough” and that the trials and retrials of these corrupt former and serving Toronto Police Service members has had a “catastrophic effect” on them and their families.

So what? That’s the price one pays for abusing the public trust in such a “catastrophic” manner.

It is ironic that police, judges and politicians find it hard to comprehend why we mere citizens have no faith in our police and justice system. They cannot fathom why we mere citizens have little respect and even less trust in the system.

How can we trust a system where the most atrocious behavior by serving police officers is rewarded with 45 days of house arrest?

Here’s a hint to these out-of-touch buffoons: You want us to take judges seriously? Then sentence corrupt cops to something that somehow, even remotely, looks like justice.

Forty-five days of house arrest just doesn’t cut it.

And to add insult to this atrocious sentence… all five men, John Schertzer, Nebojsa (Ned) Maodus, Joseph Miched, Raymond Pollard, and Const. Steven Correia, are considering appealing this sentence!

And they call this the biggest police corruption case in Canadian history?

More like the biggest judicial pandering to police corruption in Canadian history…

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August 26, 2012

RCMP Sgt. Owen Wlodarczak thinks he should not suffer any consequences for threatening to shoot his wife in the head

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RCMP Sergeant Owen Wlodarczak

In May 2010 RCMP Staff Sgt. Owen Wlodarczak went home, punched his wife in the face half a dozen times and then threatened to shoot her in the head with his service pistol.  He committed this vile act in front of his children.

True to the double-standard in sentencing RCMP members as compared to we mere citizens, Owen Wlodarczak was sentenced to absolutely zero jail time; instead he received a conditional discharge from Judge Vincent Hogan for pleading guilty to assault and careless use of a firearm.

If that had been anyone but an RCMP member that individual would still be in prison today.  To paraphrase the old American Express ad, “RCMP Membership has its Privileges.”

Now Wlodarczak thinks it’s time to get back to “business as usual”, just as if he’d never done anything wrong.

Thankfully Crown Counsel in this case is using more common sense than usual when it comes to rogue RCMP members.

Crown counsel Dennis Murray isn’t interested in letting Owen Wlodarczak off the hook so easily.  Thank God for that.

Murray ‘s point is that before a court should say yes or no to Wlodarczak carrying a loaded firearm again the RCMP’s upper management must first sign off on the idea.  So far that hasn’t happened.

More to the point, nor should it.

If the RCMP ever expects to regain the trust of British Columbians, and indeed all Canadians, then there must be consequences for RCMP members who commit serious acts of violence.

When someone of Wlodarczak’s rank takes his service pistol and threatens to shoot his wife in the head in front of his own children he should not simply be allowed to “get on with life” as if he’d never done anything wrong.

Yet that’s essentially what Owen Wlodarczak asked for here; to move on with his life just as if he’d never done anything wrong.

That’s utterly absurd.

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July 27, 2012

Justice for Orion Hutchinson and his family? Not a chance. Disgraced former RCMP Corporal Benjamin (Monty) Robinson plays the race card and wins

I was disgusted but not surprised that another piece of garbage in an RCMP uniform, Constable Geoff Mantler, walked free the other day, acquitted by Judge Takahashi.  I saw that one coming a mile off.

Reading the news, however, that arguably the most disgraceful person to ever wear an RCMP uniform, former RCMP Corporal Monty Robinson, will never set foot inside a prison cell for killing Orion Hutchinson and obstructing justice is, well, beyond disgusting.  It’s just a very bad joke on the Hutchinson family and our justice system as a whole.

The maximum sentence for obstruction of justice is 10 years in prison.  This is a very serious criminal offense.

Robinson’s sentence?

One whole month of house arrest, followed by 11 months on probation.  Oh, and he has to write a letter of apology to the Hutchinson family and pay a fine of $1,000 to Victim Services.

That’s not a sentence, that’s an utter abuse of justice!

That is the judicial system showing total contempt for the victims of crime and coddling a criminal who should spend a very long time in prison.

I don’t care that Monty Robinson is “aboriginal”.  He was an RCMP corporal who knew right from wrong and specifically chose to do everything in his power in order to NOT be held accountable for his heinous actions.

That B.C. Supreme Court Judge Janice Dillon had the gall to go looking for “mitigating factors” when sentencing this piece of human trash tells the world that Canada does not take criminal misconduct by career police officers seriously.

It tells us and the world that, compared to the lives of police officers, we mere citizens should just count our blessings that they let us live at all.

Robinson’s every decision from the time he started drinking  that fateful October 2008 night until the time he returned to the scene of where he killed Orion Hutchinson were deliberate acts.  Deliberate, criminal acts.

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July 22, 2012

RCMP Corporal Monty Robinson finally quits in disgrace prior to sentencing hearing

RCMP Corporal Monty Robinson has finally done something honourable… if you can call quitting in disgracebefore you’re fired as “honourable”, that is, right before you’re about to be sentenced for obstruction of justice.

As regular readers of my columns will already know, Corporal Monty Robinson has been on paid vacation for the past 4 years.  His troubles seemingly started with his leading the group of men that murdered Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanksi in Vancouver International Airport on October 14, 2007.

Testifying before the inquest into the death of Robert Dziekanski, Robinson [allegedly] lied under oath to that inquest.  He and the rest of his murderous companions all face perjury charges for [allegedly] lying to that inquest.  Those charges have yet to be heard in court.

Then, as if he wasn’t in enough trouble already, while driving home drunk from a party Robinson in October 2008, almost a year to the day after he killed Robert Dziekanski, Monty Robinson smashed his Jeep into Orion Hutchinson’s motorcycle, killing him.

Instead of doing the right thing, i.e. rendering aid to the injured and possibly dead Orion Hutchinson, RCMP Corporal Monty Robinson did the one thing he knew would keep him from facing drunk driving charges: he ran home and slammed down a couple of shots of vodka so nobody could every prove beyond a reasonable doubt what his blood/alcohol level was at the time he killed Orion Hutchinson.

What is laughable is Deputy Commissioner Craig Callens’ assertion that he wishes he could have fired Monty Robinson instead of having the disgraced cop quit.

“While I have been clear that I was seeking his involuntary dismissal, the opportunity to discharge him from the organization this morning was one which eliminated further delays, costs and uncertainty.”

What a complete and utter joke.

The RCMP has protected Robinson from the very start and repeatedly refused to place him on unpaid suspension even after he killed Orion Hutchinson and obstructed all attempts to investigate his part in Hutchinson’s death.

The RCMP and Deputy Commissioner Craig Callens had plenty of opportunities to deal with Monty Robinson.  They simply refused to do so for over 4 long years.  It was the disgraced Mountie himself who finally took action and quit the RCMP.

All Deputy Commissioner Craig Callens did was sign Robinson’s discharge papers.  That’s hardly what I would call being pro-active.

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April 1, 2012

RCMP Member forgets loaded handgun on BC Ferry. Imagine if you or I did that…

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Sometimes things happen. Everyone forgets a bag now and then. It happens to even the most diligent person. But when you are a serving member of the RCMP and your carry bag contains your loaded service pistol… well… there’s going to be a bit of a problem, isn’t there?

Now I commend the unnamed RCMP member for immediately notifying his superiors of his screwup. I actually appreciate that a lot, as it means this person actually has a sense of duty and obligation to do the right thing. That is important, especially in the wake of such recent high-profile examples of the exact opposite.

Disgraced RCMP Corporal Monty Robinson comes immediately to mind.

Robinson, as I have written about extensively here on this site, did the complete opposite of the Mountie who forgot his loaded service pistol on board a BC Ferry. Unlike that man, Robinson did everything he possibly could to obfuscate and confuse the issue, to avoid owning up to his mistake that cost a man his life.

The thought of acting like a real man and owning up to his mistakes is clearly beyond Corporal Monty Robinson.

So when I say I appreciate that the unnamed RCMP member, in the case of the forgotten handgun, immediately stepped forward and admitted his mistake, I mean it. I am being very sincere.

In the ranks of the RCMP this ability to admit a mistake is sorely lacking, so seeing a man do so in this case gives me some small measure of hope for the RCMP.

Everyone makes mistakes.

It takes a real man to stand up, admit it and face the consequences, whatever they may be. He’ll undoubtedly have some sort of reprimand placed on his record and he might even get a few days suspension without pay. All that is as it should be.

Because he is a serving member of a police force, the odds of his being charged with a crime are pretty slim. Unless evidence comes to light about this person that proves he is a real scumbag (which I doubt given his actions so far), I’d actually prefer he NOT be charged with a Criminal Code offense.

Yes, that’s a little shocking coming from me, isn’t it? (more…)

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March 2, 2012

Hypocrisy: When the law is applied differently based on the job description of the violator

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A mere citizen would be facing a myriad of criminal charges, but that’s to be expected in the New Canada, where Justice and Criminality are determined not by your actions, but by your job title.

Take the case of Victoria Police Chief Jamie Graham.  Chief Graham left his loaded service pistol under the front seat of his police car.

Any mere citizen would be, as I said, facing numerous charges under the  Criminal Code of Canada.

According to those who know far better than I do about these things, here is a list of charges drawn up by respected Ontario lawyer Solomon Friedman that you, me or any other licensed firearm owner would face if we had left a loaded pistol with no trigger lock or locked gun case underneath the front seat of our vehicle, as Victoria Police Chief Jamie Graham did:

1. Careless storage of a firearm – CC Section 86 (1)
2. Storage of a firearm contrary to regulations – CC Section 86 (2)
3. Possession of a restricted firearm in an unauthorized place – CC Section 93(1)
4. Unauthorized possession of a restricted firearm in a motor vehicle – CC Section 94 (1)
5. Unauthorized possession of a restricted firearm with ammunition – CC Section 95 (1)

Now to be clear, you and I may not be charged with ALL of these Criminal Code offenses, but they are the ones we could be charged with.  The maximim penalties for these crimes range from 2 to 10 years in prison.

That does not count any additional charges that would result after our homes were searched by SWAT Teams, who would seize all our legally-owned firearms “for public safety.”

Chief Jamie Graham, of course, was not arrested or charged with any crime, nor was his home searched by a SWAT Team, despite this being standard operating procedures when dealing with any mere citizen.  The only punishment he will ever face for his crime is a letter of reprimand that has been placed in his permanent file.

How’s that for a deterrent?

Just as I expect every member of this department to take full responsibility for their actions, I take responsibility for this incident and I accept the discipline authority’s findings,” Chief Jamie Graham said in a statement.

Well, why not “take responsibility for this incident” when doing so means absolutely nothing and has zero consequences attached?

Much ink has been spilled about the fact that police officers and police constables are not subject to the Criminal Code sanctions for firearm violations like you, me and any other mere citizen is.

While it is true that there are specific exemptions written into the law for members of law enforcement while performing their duties, one Victoria lawyer has made the case publicly that these exceptions do NOT apply and that Chief Jamie Graham should be charged with a criminal code offense. (more…)

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February 23, 2012

A loaded pistol was found in his car, yet he’s not arrested, charged or sent off to prison

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Can you imagine if you or I left a loaded handgun under the front seat of our vehicle and someone else found it?  Here’s roughly what would transpire next:

1. SWAT would be called in to serve a “high risk warrant”, kick in our front door, arrest us, seize anything and everything even remotely related to firearms, and parade us and our personal property before the media to show how awesome they are.
2. We would be charged with a myriad of crimes starting with “unsafe storage of firearms” and possibly even reckless endangerment of human life for the handgun left loaded under the front seat.
3. We would spend our life savings defending ourselves against the charges only to…
4. Be convicted of all counts and sentenced to God knows how long in a federal prison.

Victoria Police Chief Jamie Graham will not face any of those possibilities, however, even though the Victoria Police Chief is the guy who left a loaded pistol under the front seat of his police cruiser, where it was found on February 17, 2012 by another cop searching the entire police facility and every vehicle in it for some unnamed missing equipment.

No, the only thing that will happen to Chief Graham is a written reprimand, or in plain english, a slap on the wrist.

Technically he is guilty of “neglect of duty” under the Police Act, but he will not be charged with that because, well, he’s the Chief of Police.

What’s ironic is that it’s folks like Chief Graham that believe we mere citizens cannot be trusted with firearms and the world will now end because the gun registry is soon to be abolished.

Hey, here’s an idea:

How about we give Ian Thomson of Ontario the written reprimand and we take the charges that Thomson is currently facing, unsafe storage of firearms, and charge Victoria Police Chief Jamie Graham with that instead?

 

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November 26, 2011

Staff Sgt. Ross Spenard: Reason #8 to dump the BC RCMP

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We “mere citizens” have high expectations from the men and women who make up our police forces.  We expect them to act with integrity, to be honourable and above all, to tell the truth.

Time after time we hear reports of members of the RCMP (and almost every other police force) breaking the very laws they are sworn to uphold.

When they lie, however, somehow that violation is worse.  When they lie in court, under oath on the stand, they shatter our belief in and respect for the RCMP.  When cops lie in court they destroy our faith in the entire justice system.

RCMP Staff Sgt. Ross Spenard is just such a cop.

To reach the rank of Staff Sergeant is no mean feat.  It means you’ve been in the RCMP a very long time and have worked very hard to get yourself promoted.

Why then, would such a man decide to lie in court?  It’s a very good question and one we will probably never know for sure.  What we do know, however, is this:

Staff Sgt. Ross Spenard lied in court during the trial of Charlie Rae Lincoln, who was on trial for the brutal stabbing murder of her 2-year-old child.

The forensic report in the case contained some damning flaws, including the basic DNA science being wrong. Initially Staff Sgt. Spenard lied and tried to claim the report was written by a subordinate RCMP member.

Under cross-examination, defence lawyer Matthew Nathanson presented Spenard with a draft of the forensic report with his name on it that Spenard thought he had destroyed. Spenard admitted he had lied under oath and was indeed the person responsible for the flawed report.

Needless to say, BC Supreme Court Justice John Truscott was highly unimpressed to have a high-ranking RCMP Staff Sergeant lying in his courtroom.

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September 6, 2011

Edmonton Police Service Constable Mike Wasylyshen needs a hard look in the mirror

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Edmonton Police Service Constable Mike Wasylyshen, the son of former Edmonton Police Chief Bob Wasylyshen, needs to take a serious look in the mirror.  He’s just sued CBC Television for $100,000 for defamation over their reporting of his illustrious career.

The suit shouldn’t last long.  Probably ten seconds in front of a judge would be my bet.

Why?

The Truth is a defense against charges of defamation.

Constable Mike Wasylyshen is, just like the CBC reported, a cop with a record for assault.  The CBC didn’t make it up.

They merely reported the facts of Constable Wasylyshen’s own personal history.

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August 16, 2011

Sentencing Double-Standard rears its ugly head again. Kelowna RCMP Staff Sergeant gets a wrist-slap for assault and firearm charges

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Imagine, if you will, that you have a very bad day. You go home, punch your wife in the face 6 or 8 times while your children watch in horror, then you put a gun to your wife’s head and threaten to kill her.  Your children watch the whole terrible scene go down.

You are arrested and charged, and you plead guilty to assault and careless use of a firearm.

What sentence do you think you’d get for that?

If you’re a civilian, just for starters there would be a  lifetime firearms prohibition order against you.  You would then be spending the next 5 to 10 years behind bars.

But you’re NOT a civilian… you’re an RCMP Staff Sergeant.

You don’t go to prison. You don’t even get the firearms prohibition order.

The judge sends you home and basically says, “Don’t let it happen again.”

Staff Sergeant Owen Wlodarczak was handed a three-year conditional discharge after pleading guilty to charges of assault and careless use of a firearm.

It sure must be nice to receive such special treatment after terrorizing your entire family at gunpoint, yet that’s exactly the kind of special treatment Kelowna RCMP Staff Sergeant Owen Wlodarczak received on August 9th at the hands of Justice Vincent Hogan.

Am I the only one that finds it impossible to believe Justice Hogan would sentence us regular folk the same way?

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