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May 11, 2014

Russ Caswell, Civil Forfeiture and a Little Common Sense

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Russ Caswell, now 70, spent the last two years fighting local, state and federal agencies over who owns Motel Caswell, the motel owned by his family since 1955.

I first wrote about Russ Caswell and his civil asset forfeiture nightmare on July 1, 2012 when his case broke internationally. From that article:

It is now, like many older motels across the nation, home to lower-income people such as seniors, as well as temporary workers who pay by the week or month.

While rates to stay there are not expensive, there is one thing the motel has that is very valuable to the thieving local police department and the thieving federal government that’s helping the thieving local police department: equity.

Caswell owns the property outright.

Why is this significant? Since Caswell’s property has no mortgage the State can keep the entire proceeds of the sale of the property after they steal it from him. Of course they don’t call it theft or stealing… they call it cracking down on crime.

In the case of Russ Caswell, it makes absolutely no difference that he has never been charged with a crime. In fact, it’s not any actions of his that concerns the thieving police and federal justice department.

It’s the actions of roughly 30 patrons of his motel over the past 18 years who have been arrested on drug charges. That’s right. Since 1994 approximately 30 people have been arrested on drug charges.

The US Justice Department and its thieving local counterpart, the Tewksbury Police Department, contend that Caswell is responsible for what people do in his motel rooms every minute of every day. His motel rooms were used to “facilitate” the crime of drug dealing, therefore the motel is guilty and must be seized as proceeds of crime.

Police and government officials, thieving scumbags each and every one, decided that Caswell’s property should be theirs so they set out to steal the Caswell family motel using one of the most abused laws ever devised: civil asset forfeiture.

The notion that you can “take the profit out of crime” by seizing the assets of criminals seems noble enough, but only if you accept without question the rhetoric and sound-bytes used to sell this atrocious legislation.

You may never be charged with a crime, let alone be convicted of one, before government thieves seize your property. That ought to terrify even the most law-abiding and pro-government among us.

In Caswell’s case thieving police and prosecutors don’t care that Caswell never committed a crime. That’s entirely beside the point.

The accusation against Russ Caswell isn’t that he didn’t do enough to help police crack down on crime in his motel. That is utter garbage if not an outright lie. Russ Caswell installed video cameras, recorded license plate numbers and customer identification, gave police free rooms for their sting operations… in fact he did everything ever asked of him by law enforcement.

That wasn’t enough. Now the Tewksbury Police Department thieves, along with state and federal counterparts, insist the Caswell’s must give up their home and livelihood too.

“I’ve found, which is kind of hard to believe, but I’m responsible for the action of people I don’t even know, I’ve never even met, and for the most part I have no control over them,” Caswell said in court. “And I have to rent them a room unless I have a real good reason not to or I get accused of discrimination and that kind of thing.”

“And when they do something wrong, the government wants to steal my property for the actions of those people, which to me makes absolutely no sense,” he added. “It’s more like we’re in Russia or Venezuela or something.”

The government thieves have three things on their side:

1. You need never be charged with or convicted of a crime, so that pesky issue of your guilt need never be addressed,

2. Police and Prosecutors keep most of the money and assets they seize. Legislation is often written giving police and prosecutors 100% of what they steal, and

3. The burden of proof is far lower for a civil action than a criminal prosecution. Under civil asset forfeiture police and prosecutors must never prove guilt, obtain a conviction or even file criminal charges before they seize private property. The term “on a balance of probabilities‘ is the phrase used to rationalize theft of private property.

This turns the notion of justice on its head. The accused must prove they did not commit a crime. How you prove you haven’t done something is… well… beside the point, right? Proving a negative isn’t possible.

Really, who cares, right? It’s just drug dealers and criminals they’re going after, not decent, law-abiding citizens. It’s not like they’re stealing your home, right?

Wrong. So utterly and completely wrong. The Caswell family didn’t do anything wrong. In fact they did everything asked of them by law enforcement. That wasn’t enough, and there is a very simple explanation for why.

Follow the money. It’s always about the money.

Statistics from the United States are utterly terrifying.

In 1985, the U.S. Department of Justice created its Asset Forfeiture Fund. One year later, the fund — which holds the proceeds from seized property and is available to be divvied out to law enforcement agencies — brought in $93.7 million. In 2008, the amount had ballooned to $1.6 billion. In 2013, it reached $6.3 billion.

The incentive here is cash. Boatloads of cash. Cash for police departments and prosecutors’ offices. Cash that is used to pad government budgets because government must always get bigger, not smaller, when it’s not being used to pay lavish expenses for corrupt prosecutors, that is.

An investigation conducted by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution looked into how funds over a five-year period were spent in Georgia. According to the newspaper, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard spent thousands of dollars gleaned from civil forfeitures on pricey dinners and an elaborate home security system for himself. In November 2009, he allegedly paid $800 to rent out a movie theater. Three months later, Howard told his employees they’d have to take 10 furlough days due to budget constraints.

In Caswell’s case it’s very simple. The annual budget of the Tewksbury Police Department is just $5.5 million.

Motel Caswell is valued at $1.5 millon.

Get the picture?

The greedy thugs of the Tewksbury Police Department saw a way to raise over 25% of their annual budget with the theft of a single property.

These greedy little pigs desperately need a refresher in Peel’s 9 Principles of Policing.

The concept of a limited government is so old fashioned, isn’t it? It shouldn’t be. The goal of every responsible government is to pare down its thievery from we mere citizens, not expand it to the point we have nothing left to feed the monstrous behemoth.

Civil forfeiture laws in America are almost 3 decades old. That’s a generation of police and prosecutors used to stealing from we mere citizens whenever the mood strikes them. At $6.3 billion stolen from mere citizens in 2013 alone, the mood clearly strikes them regularly.

In Russ Caswell’s case a federal judge finally applied some common sense to his situation.

After a four-day trial, on Jan. 24, 2013, a federal judge in Boston dismissed the forfeiture action against the motel, ruling that the government engaged in “gross exaggeration” of the evidence and did not have authority to seize the property.

In short, both police and multiple layers of government overstepped their bounds. Again. They chose their greed ahead of their duty and responsibility to those mere citizens whom they feel free to abuse so mercilessly.

Larry Salzman, an attorney with the Institute for Justice, took on Caswell’s case pro bono.

“You breed a culture of ‘take first, ask questions later,’” Larry Salzman, an attorney with the Institute for Justice, told FoxNews.com. “It’s thuggish behavior.”

Absolutely.

The attempted theft of Motel Caswell from Russ Caswell and his family is, as the title of the free book from The Institute for Justice says, nothing more than Policing for Profit: the Abuse of Civil Asset Forfeiture.

I urge you to download and read this free book from The Institute for Justice. Then contact your elected representative and demand they reform civil asset forfeiture law in your jurisdiction. Don’t kid yourself. It will be an uphill battle. Police and government look at civil asset forfeiture as “free money” and they won’t give it up willingly.

Here in British Columbia, for example, the cash incentive is the primary motivation for civil asset forfeiture. The government doesn’t handle the thefts itself, however. It farms out the work to other lawyers.

Here’s the catch though… those lawyers only get paid if they are successful in stealing property from some hapless mere citizen. It matters not whether that person is an actual criminal or not…

Private property should never be forfeited unless it is proven in a court of law that a crime was committed and that the individual in question profited from that crime. This would, of course, require we drag our justice system back to its noble beginnings.

Remember the days where you were innocent until proven guilty in a court of law?

Don’t be absurd, Christopher! That’s so…. last century

Yet today, the government in America seems more like the former enemies we vanquished than the place of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness the Framers established.

Judge Andrew P. Napolitano

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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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December 26, 2012

Who needs the Constitution when you can have a Police State instead?

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You’ve heard the saying many times before…

The solution is worse than the problem it’s supposed to solve.

police-state-thugs-225x250That’s precisely the state of affairs in Paragould, Arkansas, a small town roughly 90 miles northwest of Memphis, Tennessee, today. Citizens of this small town, population 26,000, stripped of their Constitutional Rights, are now subject to unlawful search and seizure at the whim of police officers, all in the name of “crime prevention”.

Where have we heard this garbage before?

I think Benjamin Franklin said it best when he said:

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

That’s precisely the state of affairs in Paragould, Arkansas where Mayor Mike Gaskill and Police Chief Todd Stovall just tore up the United States Constitution.

“[Police are] going to be in SWAT gear and have AR-15s around their neck,” Chief Stovall said. “If you’re out walking, we’re going to stop you, ask why you’re out walking, check for your ID.

Mayor Mike Gaskill went on to say,

They may not be doing anything but walking their dog,” he said. “But they’re going to have to prove it.”

Innocent until proven guilty? Don’t be so ridiculous. Guilty until proven otherwise is now the law of the land in Paragould, Arkansas.

How can this happen in an American town? How can this happen in a US State, whose constitution specifically states (pdf):

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The right of the people of this State to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated; and no warrant shall issue, except upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the person or thing to be seized.

This can happen in a state whose Constitution says this when men, drunk with power, decide their whim of the moment is more important than the Constitutional Rights of the citizens they are sworn to protect. This happens when men violate the very Oath they swore when they became police officers… namely:

…to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, so help me God.

The awesome organization OathKeepers was formed precisely to stop this type of Constitutional violation. From the Oathkeepers website:

Oathkeepers-Logo Oath Keepers is a non-partisan association of currently serving military, veterans, peace officers, and firefighters who will fulfill the oath we swore to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, so help us God.

Our oath is to the Constitution, not to the politicians, and we will not obey unconstitutional (and thus illegal) and immoral orders, such as orders to disarm the American people or to place them under martial law and deprive them of their ancient right to jury trial.

We Oath Keepers have drawn a line in the sand. We will not “just follow orders.”

Our motto is “Not on our watch!”

If you, the American people, are forced to once again fight for your liberty in another American Revolution, you will not be alone. We will stand with you.

This entire plan is clearly 100% unconstitutional, but that makes no difference to Paragould Police Chief Todd Stovall.

To ask you for your ID, I have to have a reason,” he said. “Well, I’ve got statistical reasons that say I’ve got a lot of crime right now, which gives me probable cause to ask what you’re doing out. Then when I add that people are scared…then that gives us even more [reason] to ask why are you here and what are you doing in this area.”

This police state thug even admitted that he didn’t bother to ask for a legal opinion about the constitutionality of his plan. He doesn’t care. He cares about one thing only: exercising his power. Astoundingly, he even admitted that what he planned was Martial Law.

I don’t know that there’s ever been a difference“, he said, between his proposals and martial law.

I’ve got to give these police state ghouls credit for one thing… They’re not shy about their intention to violate the Constitutionally-protected Rights of the citizens of Paragould, Arkansas.

They’ve come right out and said they don’t care about the Constitution. They don’t care about your Rights. They don’t care about anything except doing what they want, when they want, to whom they want.

SWAT Teams are a means of inflicting fear. They are a show of State Power. They are used to instill in citizens the idea that the State can violate your Constitutional Rights with impunity, and without recourse.

Every jurisdiction in the United States has a SWAT Team, and while these teams were created as a response to specific crimes, police forces across the nation have turned this former specialized force into a unit that is used for the most routine of police investigations.

Do you remember the murder of Jose Guerena, the former US Marine who served 2 tours in Iraq?

His killers were the Pima County SWAT Team, allegedly serving a search warrant for drugs, even though there was no basis for that warrant. There certainly wasn’t any justification for murdering a man in front of his wife and children, but that didn’t stop these thugs from pu mping 60 bullets into Jose’s body and then leaving him for over an hour to bleed to death on the floor of his home.

Not one of Jose Guerena’s killers have ever seen the inside of a courtroom, let alone a prison, and they never will. They are Agents of the State; agents who are literally above the law.

Am I saying the Paragould SWAT Team will murder people like this?

Of course not.

I’m saying something far worse.

I’m saying that when we use highly trained police teams designed for high-risk situations for routine and mundane police tasks and then remove all Constitutional Protections from mere citizens, we shouldn’t be surprised when the blood of innocent Americans flows freely in the streets.

One last note before I show you a video of how real men behave in the face of unconstitutional orders…

Isn’t it ironic that the Paragould SWAT Team will use the AR-15 when it terrorizes innocent Americans on the Streets of Paragould, Arkansas? Yes, this is the same firearm an insane young man used to murder 20 children in Newtown, Connecticut, and is currently being demonized in the national press.

Funny how there’s no media outcry over it being used here…

This video, from Oathkeepers, is required viewing for any current serving member of the military, reserves, National Guard, veterans, Peace Officers, and Fire Fighters in Paragould, Arkansas. Clearly they have lost their way, and this video will show them the path back to reason and sanity.

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August 11, 2012

RCMP Constable Harley Gillman: The latest in a long line of thieving RCMP members

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It’s the typical RCMP response to one of their own being caught with his hand in the cookie jar: give the thief a paid vacation. That’s precisely what’s happened to RCMP Constable Harley Gillman of Saskatchewan’s Beardys First Nation.  He’s on a paid suspension or what I like to call a paid vacation after being charged with theft and breach of trust.

Constable Gillman would appear to have a very strong sense of entitlement.  This sense of entitlement led to Constable Gillman [allegedly] using his RCMP gas card to fill up both his and his wife’s vehicles repeatedly.  How long he’s been at this hasn’t been released as far as I can find, but it was long enough to rack up gas bills for their personal vehicles over $5,000.

To quote the Saskatchewan Star-Phoenix article:

According to RCMP, a complaint was received in May 2012 about a Rosthern RCMP officer and his wife purchasing fuel for their personal vehicles with an RCMP fuel card. Following a four-month investigation that was started by the Prince Albert general investigation section, charges were laid against the pair.

Cst. Harley Gillman, 42, and Marie Cheryl Diane Gillman – both residents of Beardys First Nation – have been charged with fraud over $5,000 and theft over $5,000. Harley Gillman is also charged with breach of trust by a public officer.

Why is it that so many RCMP members don’t comprehend the most basic concept of right and wrong?

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July 31, 2012

Milwaukee Rapist Cop Ladmarald Cates sentenced to a special place in Hell

Back on February 14, 2012 I wrote the following under the title “There is a special place in hell reserved for you, Officer Ladmarald Cates”:

When you dial 9-1-1 you expect the police to arrive and help you.  The very last thing you think you’re doing is calling Dial-A-Rapist, yet that’s exactly what happened to a 19-year-old Milwaukee single mom who cannot be identified by law as a victim of sex crimes.

Within minutes of her 9-1-1 call, a police cruiser arrived with two police officers inside it.  The first took the woman’s 15-year-old brother outside “for questioning”, while Officer Ladmarald Cates gave her boyfriend money and told him to go to the store to get him some bottled water.

That left the rapist cop alone in the house with the 19-year-old single mother. Taking full advantage of the circumstances he manufactured, he proceeded to sodomize and rape her.

The young single mom had managed to escape the inner city ghetto, complete her high school diploma and was attending the University of Wisconsin where, until being raped by Officer Ladmarald Cates, she had planned on becoming either a police officer or a lawyer.

Well, today this piece of human excrement was sentenced to 24 years in prison for his depraved and disgusting actions by U.S. District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Mel Johnson had asked for a longer sentence of 30 years, but for reasons known only to Judge Stadmueller, he chose not to extend Ladmarald Cates’ prison stay the extra 6 years.

Cates will be 70 years old when his sentence expires, at which time he will likely no longer be a threat to the women of whatever town he resides.  That’s if he lives that long, of course.  Rapist cops don’t exactly have a high life expectancy in prison, and that’s as it should be.

It’s not like Cates is repentant of his crime; he’s not.  In a statement to the judge before the sentence was handed down, Cates stuck to his story that the sex was consensual and that he was the victim here, not the woman he raped. Cates hypocritically stated the following:

I come to your courtroom today stating the truth, as I did before. Growing up, and what I teach my sons is four things: truth, accept responsibility, apologize and ask for forgiveness.”

Yeah, whatever.

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July 1, 2012

Russ Caswell’s Civil Forfeiture Nightmare

Russ Caswell is 68 years old.  He has not been charged with a crime, yet the Tewksbury, Massachusetts, Police Department is using civil forfeiture laws to steal both his livelihood and his retirement estate.

Russ Caswell owns and operates his family-owned motel called, oddly enough, the Motel Caswell.  It’s not the Ritz but that’s to be expected given the motel was built by Caswell’s father back in 1955.  It is now, like many older motels across the nation, home to lower-income people such as seniors, as well as temporary workers who pay by the week or month.

While rates to stay there are not expensive, there is one thing the motel has that is very valuable to the thieving police department and the thieving federal government that’s helping the thieving local police department: equity.

Caswell owns the property outright.  There is no mortgage on the property.

Why is this significant?

Because Caswell’s property has no mortgage, that means the State can keep the entire proceeds of the sale of the property after they steal it from him. When local or federal police departments steal from citizens using civil forfeiture laws they get to keep most or all of what they steal.

Of course they don’t call it theft or stealing… they call it cracking down on crime.

In the case of Russ Caswell, it makes absolutely no difference that he has never been charged with a crime.  In fact, it’s not any actions he has taken that concerns the thieving police and federal justice department at all.

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January 12, 2012

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

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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.

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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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July 17, 2011

William Norman Grigg on what he calls “the Police Epidemic”

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If you’ve never heard of Willian Grigg before, then I’ve got a real treat for you.  He’s a voice of reason in an increasingly world filled with insanity.

To quote his bio on WillGrigg.com:

An award-winning investigative journalist, William Norman Grigg was the senior editor and a prolific contributor to The New American, the official magazine of the John Birch Society. His writing reflects views heavily influenced by constitutionalism, libertarianism, and anti-communism.

He also writes extensively for LewRockwell.com and The American Conservative, and you can find even more from him on his blog, Pro Libertate.

Sounds like my kind of guy, and perhaps yours too.

He recently was interviewed on LewRockwell.com about the rising police state and I can’t recommend this interview highly enough.  Grigg lays out, in a well-reasoned and logical fashion, where we are, where we’re heading and how terrifying the near-future will be if we don’t put an end to the madness.

http://www.lewrockwell.com/lewrockwell-show/2011/06/01/204-police-epidemic/

Give this 20-minute interview a listen, then download it to your hard drive and listen to it a few more times.  It’s that good.

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June 4, 2011

RCMP Sergeant Douglas Smith appeals conditional discharge for illegal handgun

Welcome to the world of the double-standard when sentencing police for committing crimes that would send the rest of us mere citizens to prison.  RCMP Sergeant Douglas Smith kept a handgun that was turned over to him for destruction by a citizen in 2004.  By all accounts it was not registered to Sgt. Smith, and nobody knew he even had the unregistered handgun.

Why he kept it, of course, is not something he wants to answer, although he’s more than willing to appeal his joke of a sentence on the grounds that his trial was somehow unfair.

RCMP Sergeant Douglas Smith is the former detachment commander in Lumsden, Saskatchewan.  As the head of an RCMP detachment, surely the man knows right from wrong, doesn’t he?

Well, it sure doesn’t look that way from where I sit.

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May 31, 2011

“RAV” writes that I’m talking down RCMP Constable Matt Wright without good cause

A reader wrote me last night expressing grave concern over my article about RCMP Constable Matt Wright, wondering how I can possibly sleep at night.

First, here is the full comment that “Rav” emailed to me, followed by my response:

From: rav <rav@xxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Regarding your article regarding RCMP officer Matt Wright

I would like to know where you got the information from regarding
the article you wrote about the RCMP officer Matt Wright. I find
that you don’t state where you got your information from, so how
are we to believe what you are writing is factual? You have a code
of ethic, do you follow it? If what you wrote is 100% factual then
how come you don’t specify where the information was attained?

I think that you were taking out your own frustration on someone
that you don’t know. To ruin a police officer’s credibility is huge.
How do you sleep at night? You are a sad, pathetic person

Clearly “Rav”, whoever he or she is, is unfamiliar with Constable Matt Wright’s history and did not bother to actually read my article, or the Ottawa Citizen article that brought him to my attention.

It’s not me who’s destroyed Constable Matt Wright’s reputation… it’s Constable Matt Wright himself.

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May 18, 2011

Police are treated differently than the rest of us when they break the law

To those who say the law is applied equally to citizens and police, I’ve only got one word:

Bullshit.

I’ll cite the case of Chilliwack RCMP constable Matt Wright this time to make my point.

RCMP Constable Wright, according to the Ottawa Citizen article on his case, is a former military man.   Generally speaking, military men comprehend honour, integrity and right from wrong.  Clearly Constable Wright missed out on those character traits.

He was found to have breached the RCMP Code of Conduct twice… here’s the lowdown on the first case, which is minor in comparison to the one I’ll address in a moment.

Const. Matt Wright’s police work was anything but textbook the day he made an arrest in a street-level drugs and money bust.

The RCMP constable, a former military man, never fully documented the bag of pills and wad of cash he seized.

Then two months later, after working late at the Chilliwack, B.C. detachment, Wright, left with a box containing files, his notebooks, RCMP identification card, and the seized money and drugs.

He loaded the box into his personal vehicle and later that same night reported it had been stolen from his car. Everything was recovered, except the drugs and money. It is impossible to know what kind or the exact amount of drugs because they were never fully documented, nor was the cash. Wright says it was a bag of about 50 blue pills and a “thin wad” of cash, that contained at least one $20 note on the outside.

In an internal disciplinary ruling in Ottawa dated March 28, Wright, who admitted the allegations, was docked two days pay for neglect of duty.

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April 20, 2011

Constable Nick Sharma disgraces himself and the RCMP

Constable Nick Sharma is a member of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, whose mandate is to stop gangs and drug dealers. From their website:

The mission of CFSEU-BC is to facilitate the disruption and suppression of organized crime which affects British Columbians. The mandate is to investigate, prosecute, disrupt and suppress criminal organizations, consistent with local, regional, national and international priorities.

Their mandate does not appear to be stealing from anyone, but that’s exactly what Constable Nick Sharma has been accused of.  While both a criminal and RCMP internal take place Sharma has been placed on administrative leave.  Standard procedure.

It speaks volumes about a man’s character that he’s willing to risk his career and the integrity of the RCMP itself to steal a lousy $400 from another patron at a casino.

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April 17, 2011

Is anyone surprised that the BATF lied about ordering gun stores to sell to straw purchasers?

The BATF is arguably the most corrupt US federal agency, willing to hang anyone and everyone out to dry if it serves their internal anti-gun agenda. Is anyone really surprised that the BATF lied about ordering gun stores to sell to straw purchasers?

In the wake of the shooting death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry with firearms traced to a US gun store, the accusations flew fast and furious, eclipsed only by the level of BATF and Justice Department denials that they had anything to do with it.

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