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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 8, 2012

RCMP Cpl. Benjamin Monty Robinson will be sentenced on June 1, 2012


RCMP Cpl. Benjamin Monty Robinson, the man who killed 21-year-old Orion Hutchinson and then left the scene to have a couple of shots of vodka rather than check to see if Hutchinson was still alive, will be sentenced for obstructing justice on June 1, 2012.

The sentencing date was set this past Wednesday.

Robinson has never been charged with the death of Orion Hutchinson, only with obstructing the investigation into his part into the young man’s death.

Robinson, whose credibility was severely tested after he was caught lying on the stand, is still on the RCMP’s payroll some 3-1/2 years later.

During that entire time I have not found a single news report or shred of evidence that Robinson has any remorse for his actions, or that he feels he even did anything wrong.

He has, of course, lied in court before and still faces perjury charges in connection with the death of Robert Dziekanski.  Robinson and 3 other RCMP members are all accused of lying under oath to cover up their part in killing the Polish immigrant.

It is repulsive to me that a cop could leave the scene of an accident he caused without even bothering to see if the man he hit was still alive.  It appears that running home for a couple of shots of vodka to screw up any chance of being charged with impaired driving was far more important than a young man’s life.

Over the past few years I’ve written extensively about this disgraceful and pathetic example of the RCMP, and odds are good that I’ll be writing more about him as he is sentenced for this crime, and when he finally comes to trial for perjury in the Dziekanski case.

According to news reports Robinson will be sentenced at New Westminster’s BC Supreme Court building.

While I have not confirmed it, I suspect that Orion Hutchinson’s parents will be in court to see if any actual justice is served.  The maximum sentence that Robinson can receive is 10 years and it is my ardent prayer that he receives that for his crime.

It’s a disgrace beyond words that this guy is still being paid his full RCMP salary.  Maybe sometime this year the RCMP will see their way clear to finally remove this piece of trash from the payroll.

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March 30, 2012

Judge to RCMP: Citizens have Rights. You violated them. Case Dismissed.


In what is becoming a trend across Canada, judges are having less and less patience with police forces who illegally search a person’s vehicle, residence or person.  The latest case involves two people who [allegedly] have known gang affiliations in Burnaby, BC.

Damion Ryan and Theresa Latham faced a total of 30 gun charges after police searched their home after responding to a 9-1-1 call outside their residence in August 2010.  The Emergency Response Team was responding to a “shots fired” call when they forced their way into Ryan and Latham’s basement suite.

Police claimed to be searching to see if anyone was injured inside the basement suite, which is legitimate.  What is NOT legitimate is using that excuse, searching for injured people, to search the entire suite for anything and everything else, including hidden firearms.

“The critical issue regarding the lifting of the mattress is the reasonableness of that act to look for an injured person,” Provincial Court Judge Brian Bastin said.

“In my opinion, it was not reasonable to believe that a person injured or otherwise could have been under the mattress. There was no lump in the mattress.”

None of the firearms were in plain sight, which is the only way police would have a legal leg to stand on.  They weren’t searching for weapons, they were searching for injured human beings.  They did apply for a search warrant, but not until after they had already performed the illegal search, and that search warrant contained gross errors.

“Had the true state of affairs been presented to the Judicial Justice of the Peace, it is my opinion that the search warrant should not have been issued,” Judge Bastin said. “I have found that police exceeded their powers both in entering the basement suite in question and in the manner in which they searched the suite thereafter.”

Thankfully we have judges like Judge Bastin willing to protect our Rights when nobody else will.  He even went so far as to call the actions of police to be “serious collective carelessness by the police officers involved.”


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January 12, 2012

Merritt Staff Sergeant Stuart Seib: Reason #9 to Dump the BC RCMP

RCMP Staff Sergeant Stuart Seib

Merritt, British Columbia, has the distinction of being the latest RCMP detachment run by an [alleged] criminal and also, it would appear, cocaine addict.

Staff Sergeant Stuart Seib was arrested on Tuesday and charged with stealing cocaine from the RCMP lockup the following day, after he was relieved of command of the Merritt RCMP Detachment.

RCMP Southeast District Commander Superintendant Mike Sekela announced at a news conference held in Chilliwack, BC that additional charges are also in the works for Staff Sergeant Stuart Seib.


RCMP Staff Sgt Stuart Seib (Photo Credit: CFJC News)

The latest in a long line of high-profile screwups by RCMP members, Staff Sergeant Seib is one of the highest ranking RCMP members to face criminal charges.

News reports have said that Seib disclosed his theft and use of cocaine to another RCMP member, and to that other RCMP member’s credit, he or she did NOT try and cover it up or ignore that it happened.  Instead the RCMP member appears to have taken new RCMP Commissioner Robert Paulson’s recent comments to the press seriously, and reported the incident.

It is very gratifying to see that instead of the usual antics, the RCMP seems very willing to get out in front of this latest fiasco and do everything right.  Well, almost everything, anyway.  I’ll get to what they should have done momentarily… but first, here’s what they’ve done the way the public expects:

First, they immediately relieved Staff Sergeant Seib of duty and revoked his access to RCMP facilities.  They charged him with one criminal offense, and have more charges coming down the pipe after their investigation is completed.

Lastly, and this is the most important thing they did, for a change, and that is to recommend that he immediately be placed on suspension WITHOUT PAY, a process that is supposed to be finalized by Friday.

“The process is underway to proceed with a recommendation that the member be suspended without pay,” said Superintendant Sekela.

This is a marked change from the usual standard of suspending rogue cops with pay that has accompanied so many past RCMP misconduct cases and angered more than a few Canadian citizens.


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January 5, 2012

RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson gives me hope for the RCMP

RCMP Commissioner Robert Paulson

RCMP Commissioner Robert Paulson

Yeah, it was an odd title for me to write, so don’t feel strange if it feels weird to read it!  Over the past many years there has been very little to give any of us hope when it comes to the RCMP.  Scandal after scandal has headlined every newspaper and television station across the nation; stories of RCMP members killing civilians or brutally beating them for sport, stealing both from others and from the RCMP itself, allegations that RCMP members themselves have sexually assaulted their fellow female RCMP members… I could probably write the list for a month and not be finished.

I actually thought that William Elliott, the former RCMP Commissioner,  might do some good.  It was the right idea to put a civilian in charge for the RCMP after the corruption and entitlement-laden reign of Commissioner Zaccardelli finally came to an end.  After all, something had to change, right?

But the RCMP itself refused to change, refused to he held to account for its actions and inactions on so many horrifying fronts.  Elliott wasn’t one of “them”, so they weren’t about to listen to a word he said about anything, right from Day 1.

I guess I viewed that whole William Elliott fiasco as just one more piece of evidence that the RCMP had lost any credibility or integrity that it once had.

So what exactly is it that gives me a renewed sense of optimism now that a lifelong RCMP member has again taken over the top job?

It’s hard to quantify, really, but it starts with what I’ve watched him say on television and what I’ve read attributed to him in the print media.

Paulson actually seems to comprehend that the average Canadian doesn’t think very highly of his force.  That alone is a massive difference from past heads of the force.  For what seems like forever, Elliott’s term aside, the RCMP has not given a rat’s behind what anyone thought of them, their arrogance and their increasingly corrupt ways.

Paulson actually seems willing to acknowledge there are a great many flaws with the RCMP and its internal culture of secrecy and covering up for bad cops.

It’s about time.


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November 29, 2011

Christy Clark Caves in to RCMP Contract Negotiations


While hardly a surprise, I was holding out hope that the so-called “savior” of British Columbia, unelected Premier Christy Clark, would actually stand up to Ottawa and show the citizens of this fine province who is running the show.

Apparently, the answer to that is quite simple: Ottawa.

Yesterday, just one hour after word leaked that BC and Ottawa were about to sign a deal that would subject British Columbians to another 20 years of RCMP rule, Ex-Newfoundland Premier Brian Peckford and the leader of the BC Conservative Party presented a report that called the RCMP “inept and outdated.”

Those enamoured with Christy Clark’s ongoing (endless?) election campaign are naturally quick to defend both the unelected Premier and the RCMP.

However, as anyone who reads my columns on a regular basis will already know, Mr. Peckford’s report makes it quite clear that the RCMP has a very long way to go in restoring public confidence in that once-proud crime-fighting force.

“It is impossible to come away from even a cursory review of the material with a positive view of the RCMP.

A once proud force highly regarded both nationally and internationally has become inept and anachronistic. No doubt there are many hard-working, honest officers doing an admirable job all over Canada. But their structure and leadership and some of their fellow officers have let them down.”

In a word, precisely.

The RCMP does have many fine constables both here in BC and across the country.  Just yesterday I wrote about one of those inspiring examples, Constable Jim Moir, who sacrificed himself to save a 15-year-old girl from being crushed by a sanding truck.

Whether true or not, the perception here in British Columbia is certainly that RCMP members like Constable Jim Moir are in the minority.

I could easily list dozens of names of RCMP members who do not fit the Jim Moir mold.  If you want a laundry list of what’s wrong with the RCMP, just click on my Police Misconduct category and you will spend the better part of the next two days reading articles all about it.

That being said and even though I seem to have an endless series of bad cops to write about, the reality is, at least, a little different from the perception.

Over 6,400 RCMP members are stationed in British Columbia.  That is almost one third of the entire RCMP force.

That’s a staggering statistic given the size of our nation.

While I hardly write about EVERY case of RCMP misconduct (who can?), I do write about a lot of them.  If I’ve written about 100 bad cops here in BC, that amounts to 1.5625% of the RCMP members currently stationed here.

Triple that to include the ones I haven’t written about and the ones the public isn’t aware of yet, and we get to roughly 4.7%.

The sad and pathetic reality is that police forces, the RCMP included, are made up of human beings.  Human beings will always be subject to failure on ethical and moral grounds.  That is simply a reality of our world.

We will always have bad and/or corrupt cops.

There is no way around it.

Almost 5% of a province’s police force being guilty of misconduct or worse is, in a word, unacceptable.

What the RCMP is lacking, however, hasn’t got anything to do with whether or not it has bad cops.

It’s got to do with the culture of secrecy and that Fat Blue Wall institutionalized by the RCMP Brass that has the force going to extraordinary lengths to protect and defend the most heinous actions committed by its members.

That’s the true failure of the RCMP in British Columbia and Canada as a whole.

It has nothing to do with whether or not we have bad or corrupt cops.  Every police force will have them to one degree or another.

How we deal with those bad cops is the true measure of any police force.

The true failure of the RCMP in British Columbia (and the rest of Canada) is that the corporate culture of the RCMP is to protect and hide those bad apples, instead of ousting them immediately.

Were the RCMP to take a Zero-Tolerance Policy against conduct and criminal violations by its members, we could restore confidence in the RCMP inside 6 months.  It wouldn’t take any time at all.

Unfortunately, until the RCMP’s internal culture changes, until those in charge of the RCMP are willing to side with the public instead of corrupt cops, nothing will change.

The solution is quite simple.

Solutions generally are.

Implementing those solutions, of course, is where the rubber hits the road.

Given that our unelected and so far unaccountable Premier, Christy Clark, has just committed BC to another 20 years of RCMP rule without addressing these concerns doesn’t bode well for the next Ian Bush, Robert Dziekanski or Orion Hutchinson, does it?

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November 26, 2011

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


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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November 21, 2011

Grand Forks RCMP Ineptness: Reason #7 to dump the BC RCMP


Grand Forks RCMP tries to hide their ineptness with a threat to prosecute Dion Nordick, the man who exposed that ineptness.  Nordick found two motion-sensor cameras in the trees overlooking the trailer that he rents.  He took them down after noticing intermittent flashes coming from them.

He took out the memory cards and amongst the photographs of himself and his friends coming and going, there were also numerous disturbing images including dead bodies and a woman who appeared to be the victim of a violent assault.

It seems some inept RCMP member or tech hadn’t bothered to erase the memory cards before installing the cameras to spy on Dion Nordick.

“That corpse that I viewed is someone’s loved one. Those pictures of that woman standing in her brassiere, covered in bruises — she probably had a hard time letting the police take those pictures. She probably had a hard time going to the police,” said Nordick.

It also seems the RCMP was quite willing to break the law in order to place the cameras to spy on the Grand Forks graffiti artist.

According to Nordick’s lawyer, Jesse Gelber, police have no legal right to install surveillance cameras on private properly.

“Generally, police don’t have judicial authorization on private land. That’s not legal; that’s trespass,” said Jesse Gelber.

Not surprisingly, the RCMP is demanding the cameras be returned to them immediately.

Gelber said he will be holding on to the cameras and their memory cards until he gets an explanation from the RCMP, which does not look like it will be forthcoming.

Instead, RCMP Sgt. Dan Seibel prefers veiled threats.

“The fact that someone has committed a criminal act and stolen our cameras certainly is, I guess, a concern for RCMP and for our investigators.”

Seems the good Sergeant believes the law only applies to us mere citizens, and not to the RCMP itself.

Why else would he threaten charges against Dion Norlick and perhaps his lawyer, Jesse Gelber, after Sgt. Seibel’s investigators were caught being both inept and lawbreakers themselves.

Unfortunately, this threatening attitude seems to be standard operating procedure for far too many of British Columbia’s current crop of RCMP members when they’re caught screwing up.

Comments on the CBC story about this case were predictable in their indictment of the RCMP, whose image in British Columbia seems to only get worse with each passing day.

lol “stolen the camera…”  They can spin anything.

When the RCMP leave their equipment behind in public, legally that should be treated as abandoned equipment which can be taken by anyone as their own.

This sort of RCMP incompetence is no doubt just the tip of the iceberg.

What I find most disturbing is the fact that the memory chips still had images of other victims. Yay to this guy for finding them, and yay for blowing the whistle, not just for the fact that they (the RCMP) had no right to mount and monitor him through these camera’s, but because these folks whose images are still on there have become victimized yet again and that is truly criminal!

RiverviewNB doesn’t think much of the RCMP.  Quoting Sgt. Siebel’s ridiculous comment about charging someone for the “theft” of RCMP property, he writes:

This is how bullies act, instead of admitting they have done something wrong they threaten to charge you if you don’t keep your mouth shut.

I once observed an RCMP cruiser without lights or sirens make a u-turn, coming up over the sidewalk and nearly hit a pedestrian. When I shouted at them they came back around and threatened to arrest me for being to close to the edge of the sidewalk to the road.

That is always their response when they get caught at something, threaten and intimidate the complainer. Try to make a formal complaint to the RCMP and the level of threats and harassment will escalate even higher. The RCMP complaint process consists of bullying you sign off that every thing is OK when they know full well they are in the wrong.

I don’t believe the crap that there are only a few bad apples because even the good apples will bend over backward to protect the bad apples. The blue wall of silence.

FishingTruth echoes so many other opinions expressed in the remainder of the comments section of the CBC story.

The RCMP is more than a daily embarrassment.

Every officer apparently thinks he is “Mr. Big” – an expert at undercover police work, which targets those on the fringes of society: poor people, or nonconformists, or peaceful protestors. These targets are then smeared with unsupported accusations.

When people know their rights, however, “Mr. Big” will lose ‘big-time’ in the court of law, as well as the court of public opinion. “Mr. Big” can boast of convictions, but how many will be overturned, after bumbling such as we see here?

Also, do not discount the psychological pressure “Mr. Big” tries to exert, in order to manipulate people to incriminate themselves. Some people even confess to crimes they have not committed. Why? Brainwashing techniques perfected by covert operatives. There are actually 202,000 search engine results on “Mr. Big RCMP”.

The issue is serious, and it is destroying the credibility of Canadian law enforcement. Hidden cameras right up to agent provocateurs — the RCMP does it all.

In closing I would like to congratulate Dion Nordick for his actions after he discovered the cameras.  It’s a brilliant move to turn the cameras and memory cards over to his lawyer, Jesse Gelber. Even better is Mr. Gelber’s refusal to turn the camera gear over to the RCMP until they explain themselves.

I guess the RCMP won’t be getting the cameras back… since it’s practically guaranteed the RCMP won’t be explaining themselves, or their apparently illegal actions that caused all this ruckus, any time soon.



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November 19, 2011

Rapinder (Rob) Sidhu: Reason #6 to Dump the BC RCMP


Rapinder (Rob) Sidhu is not a serving member of the RCMP.  He is included in this list because the very fact that he WAS an RCMP member shows the complete lack of proper screening the RCMP as a whole uses when recruiting its members.

Instead of hiring the best possible candidates, regardless of race, the RCMP has long had an affirmative action plan that requires visible minorities and women to be given preference over, say, your average white male with impeccable credentials.

That’s how we end up with cops like Rapinder (Rob) Sidhu on the payroll of the RCMP.

While this story arguably begins with his recruitment, I’m going to skip all of that and move ahead to 2003, when Rapinder (Rob) Sidhu was allowed to resign from the RCMP instead of face charges as a result of an internal RCMP investigation.

Here lies Problem Number One with the RCMP.  The brass will go to almost any length to prevent a serving RCMP member from facing criminal charges.  They will cover up criminal actions and, as in the case of Rapinder (Rob) Sidhu, allow the member to resign instead of facing criminal charges.

Long gone are the days of Right and Wrong.  Today in the RCMP, Right simply means whatever protects the RCMP from public scrutiny, and Wrong is anything that allows the RCMP’s tarnished image to get even duller.

After leaving the RCMP, Rapinder Sidhu chose a different career path: drug dealer.  Having received all the training that the RCMP’s Regina Depot had to offer, it seems the logical choice, right?  No point letting all that training, not to mention knowledge of internal RCMP procedures, go to waste. He was a trained undercover drug cop, after all!

That knowledge allowed Rapinder Sidhu to use RCMP resources to get the home addresses of his drug dealing rivals, the notorious Bacon brothers, directly from RCMP intelligence.

It is this action that caused Sidhu to be charged with impersonating a police officer. On July 31, 2007 he [allegedly] called the RCMP’s Operational Communications Centre posing as a homicide detective in order to request the home addresses of Jonathan, Jarrod and Jamie Bacon.

Since then, coincidentally, all three Bacon brothers have been shot, and two of them are now dead.

It wasn’t until AFTER RCMP operator Julie Sanghera gave out the information that she got suspicious and went to her supervisor.

Just a little late for that, I’d say.

What this case shows is the RCMP has some very lax security measures in place that allow anyone to simply call in and obtain whatever information they want about anyone.

I would hope that procedures at the Communications Center have changed since then.

Sidhu is also the subject of criminal charges in Washington State, where it is alleged he is part of a drug smuggling ring that has transported an estimated $19 million of cocaine and marijuana over a 5-year period.

He somehow convinced a BC border guard, Jasbir Singh Grewal, to join his drug ring and it was Grewal who allowed shipments of drugs through his lane at the Canada/US Border. For his services he was paid $50,000 per shipment he allowed through.

Grewal’s greed has now netted him a 5-year prison sentence in the United States after he pleaded guilty for his part in the drug smuggling operation.

So far this case has seen 24 British Columbia men plead guilty to charges for their parts in the operation.

Should Canadian authorities ever allow Rob Sidhu to be shipped to the United States for trial, he too will no doubt be spending many an unpleasant night in a US federal prison.

Currently Rob Sidhu is, from the information I’ve been able to uncover, free on bail and will remain that way until his trial resumes in March of 2012, five years after he [allegedly] impersonated a cop in order to get the home addresses of his rivals, the Bacon brothers.

It’s very ironic that the RCMP was forced to notify the Bacon brothers of that security breach, causing them all to move from the addresses known to the RCMP and [allegedly] given out to Sidhu.



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October 31, 2011

Staff-Sgt. Travis Pearson: Reason #5 to Dump the BC RCMP


Staff-Sgt. Travis Pearson has gotten himself into a lot of hot water with his sexual relationship with a subordinate under his command, Constable Susan Gastaldo while she worked for him in 2009 in the “Special O” surveillance unit based in Burnaby, BC.

Staff-Sgt. Pearson doesn’t get the #5 spot because I necessarily believe all of Constable Gastaldo’s story.  After digging into this bizarre case, the reason that Pearson makes the list is because he is supposed to know better.  He is a former RCMP Professional Standards Supervisor.

In a world where that title would actually mean something, Pearson would be a man with character; a man who would never get embroiled in a steamy sexual affair with a subordinate.  He would actually behave like a professional.

Staff Sgt. Travis Pearson apparently is not made of such character.

Instead, in 2009 he chose to have sex with Constable Susan Gestaldo in an RCMP cruiser while on duty and used RCMP-issued Blackberries to send sexually-explicit text messages and images to her.

That he chose this path, despite formerly serving as an RCMP Professional Standards Supervisor, speaks volumes about the RCMP’s internal culture of secrecy and utter lack of professionalism.

This internal culture is at the heart of why the British Columbia government needs to call Ottawa’s bluff, refuse to sign the contract and recreate the British Columbia Police Force immediately.

We desperately need a police force we can trust; a police force that has integrity; a police force that actually takes its mandate to protect the public seriously, instead of protecting itself at all costs.

The civil suit filed in B.C. Supreme Court by Constable Susan Gastaldo makes the allegation that Staff Sgt. Travis Pearson used his power and authority over Gastaldo to force his sexual relationship on her and to keep her under his thumb, so to speak.

The more damning allegation she makes really speaks to what so many of the BC RCMP’s critics have claimed for years: that the RCMP protects its own at all costs and will do whatever it takes to keep its members out of trouble, no matter how heinous their crimes.

Gastado says Staff-Sgt. Travis Pearson made it his business to collect “dirt” on fellow RCMP members, both those who served under him as well as his superiors. It was his way of maintaining control over those around him.

“He seemed to have an invincible card,” Gastaldo said.

“He said he had some sort of [information] that someone said or did around the Air India case … if anybody ever tried to get him in trouble he had that in hand, and no one would ever touch him.”

Gastaldo alleged when she returned to work from medical leave in 2009 Pearson told her it was her “task” to “snoop around to get dirt” on a Lower Mainland RCMP Inspector, and “he seemed to have something on so many people [in the RCMP].”

The case has so many bizarre twists and turns it boggles my mind.  The big picture though, is of a man in a position of power who believes he is untouchable and above the law he is supposed to enforce; a man who does whatever he wants with whoever he wants, whenever he pleases.

If you want to find out more about this case I would suggest using your favourite search engine to search for the term “Staff-Sgt. Travis Pearson”.  You will, I am confident, find out more about this man than you really wanted to know.

To help you along, here are a few links to get you started:


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October 28, 2011

RCMP Corporal Benjamin Monty Robinson: Reason #4 for BC to Dump the RCMP


RCMP Corporal Monty Robinson is pretty much the poster-boy for everything that’s wrong with the RCMP, both here in British Columbia and across the nation.

Corporal Robinson’s case shows us the stark, horrific reality of the inner workings of the RCMP itself:

  • how the RCMP has no real desire for accountability,
  • the incredible lengths the RCMP will go to in order to “protect one of their own” from prosecution,
  • it’s complete lack of ability to hold its own members accountable for their actions,
  • their inability to fire bad cops and, as if it needs to be said after all that,
  • the complete lack of character of far too many RCMP members.


The RCMP has not been accountable in a very long time.

Robert Dziekanski’s murder at the hands of RCMP Corporal Monty Robinson and three RCMP Constables and the resulting attempted cover-up by them and the rest of the RCMP shows just how ingrained the culture of secrecy is behind that Fat Blue Wall.

Everyone is well aware with the Robert Dziekanski case.  I won’t delve into the gory details of that here since practically everyone has seen the video tape themselves.

I won’t bother getting into how Corporal Monty Robinson and his cohorts seized the videotape that caught their heinous actions on tape or how the RCMP then refused to return the tape to its lawful owner until he threatened a lawsuit.

I won’t bother with the fact that all four RCMP members who killed Robert Dziekanski have been charged with perjury for their [alleged] lying to the Braidwood Inquiry.

All of that speaks for itself and the lack of integrity of all four of these men.

I’ll be dealing with the actions of Corporal Monty Robinson about a year after he and his three cohorts killed Robert Dziekanski.

They tell the tale of a man who believes he is utterly above the law; a man who believes he is not accountable for anything he does, or for the lives he takes.

I give you Corporal Benjamin Monty Robinson – Posterboy for why British Columbia should NOT renew the RCMP policing contract for another 20 years.


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October 13, 2011

Lisa Cheryl Dudley: Reason #3 to Dump the BC RCMP

Lisa Dudley

Well, my original pick for the number 2 spot, RCMP Corporal Monty Robinson, just keeps getting kicked further down the list.

Today I bring you instead my Reason #3 for British Columbia to dump the RCMP: Lisa Cheryl Dudley.

Lisa Dudley would be alive today if it were not for the ineptness of the RCMP Constable sent to investigate 6 gunshots at the residence where she died.

That’s a pretty bold statement, but one that Mark and Rosemarie Surakka stands behind 100%.

Their daughter and her boyfriend, Guthrie McKay, were shot in their Mission home on September 18th, 2008.  Guthrie apparently died almost immediately, but Lisa Dudley lay, seriously wounded and unable to move, in a recliner in the livingroom of her home for 4 days before she finally died.

RCMP Constable Mike White was dispatched to the scene just after a 911 call reported 6 shots fired along with Constable Samantha Audley but [allegedly] neither constable could be bothered to do their job.  Lisa’s parents firmly believe that if Constable White and Constable Audley had bothered to get out of their police cruiser Lisa Dudley would be alive to day.

I believe that they would have found the murder scene and helped her out. For someone to live four days, paralyzed, is most uncomfortable to think about,” said Lisa Dudley’s stepfather, Mark Surakka.

Lisa Dudley’s death is a direct result of his inaction.  He was the officer in charge. Responsibility lies at his feet alone, although I certainly hope both he and Constable Samantha Audley have a hard time sleeping as a result of their inaction that night.

Had they bothered to talk to the person who made the 911 call or checked the address where the gunshots reportedly took place he would have discovered Lisa Dudley, still alive, and she could have received the medical aid she desperately needed.

Instead Constable White laughed and joked with the 911 operator and sat in his patrol car.  Guess it must have been raining and he didn’t feel like getting wet.

It was only a “shots fired” call, after all.  It obviously wasn’t anything serious. <yeah, I’m being sarcastic>


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October 9, 2011

RCMP Constable Andy Yung: Reason #2 to Dump the BC RCMP


Anyone reading my articles about thuggish RCMP constables and corporals will no doubt be a little surprised by my choice of RCMP Constable Andy Yung as my #2 reason for getting the RCMP out of British Columbia.  He certainly would never have been my first choice if he hadn’t hit the headlines just this past week.  There is one man who had this spot locked up solid (RCMP Corporal Monty Robinson), but his long and sordid story will have to wait for the next article in this series.

RCMP Constable Andy Yung first came to my attention for two reasons:

1. While on a protection detail at the 2008 Conference of Defence Ministers of Americas, held in Banff, Alberta, Constable Yung got drunk and fired his service pistol through the ceiling of his hotel room.

2. The absolutely ridiculous “sentence” if you can even call it that, that Yung received for his actions.

As I wrote back in April of this year….

For his crime, firing his service pistol and launching a round through the ceiling into the room above him while he was providing security at the 2008 Conference of Defence Ministers of Americas, he’s been sentenced to… wait for it… zero jail time, an absolute discharge, NO firearms prohibition and will be docked a whopping 5 days pay. One more time, the RCMP disgusts me.

Here is a moron constable who gets drunk, takes his service pistol and in complete disregard for the safety of anyone else in the hotel, fires a round into the ceiling of his room and into the room above him.

Thank God the room was empty.

Constable Yung was transferred to the Williams Lake, BC detachment last April, right about the time his disgraceful conduct hit the newspapers.

RCMP Constable Andy Yung is the kind of man we do NOT want as a member of the RCMP, let alone one who is serving in British Columbia!

To quote David Eby of the BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA):

“We hold police officers to a higher standard. It’s a huge trust position so if an officer has pled guilty to a criminal offence, we really should be asking whether or not they should remain police officers at all.


We MUST hold members of our police forces to a higher standard.

Constable Yung’s drunken stupidity isn’t the first problem he’s had with his good judgment, or should I say his lack of it.


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October 8, 2011

25 reasons BC should get rid of the RCMP, starting with Reason #1: Ian Bush


This will be the first of a series of articles putting forward the premise that British Columbia should kick the RCMP out of the province and raise the BC Provincial Police from the ashes.

There are a ton of reasons why this is a good idea, but I will begin this series of articles with the case of Ian Bush.  I could start elsewhere, to be sure, but the case of Ian Bush shows with crystal clarity everything that is wrong with the RCMP, its culture of secrecy and its complete lack of accountability to the citizens of this province.

On October 29, 2005 Ian Bush was at a hockey game in the small town of Houston, British Columbia.  He was drinking, and when he was confronted by RCMP Constable Paul Koester he jokingly lied about who he was and basically told him to pound sand.

The cop took offense to this, as you can imagine, and using the full and thuggish weight that comes with an RCMP Constable’s badge and gun, he hauled the young man down to the local RCMP detachment and into an interrogation room.

That’s where things went horribly wrong for all concerned, but for most of the “all concerned” the consequences of all that went wrong were quite minor.  For Ian Bush they were fatal.

From the time RCMP Constable Paul Koester began his interaction with Ian Bush to the time Ian lay dead on the floor in an interrogation room of the Houston RCMP detachment was just 20 minutes.


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