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July 13, 2014

Two-Tier Justice: One law for mere citizens… another law for Police

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We all owe Canadian gun owner Daniel Balofsky a debt of gratitude.

Why?

He persisted all the way to the Ontario Court of Appeal so a court of law would decide whether or not the law must be abided by all; whether a court order applies only to the mere citizens of Canada or to its law-enforcement as well.

The answer from the Ontario Court of Appeals is as appalling as it is expected.

Court orders have no validity when applied to Ontario’s Chief Firearm Officer.

At issue is the fact Ontario Chief Firearms Officer Chris Wyatt, after refusing to issue Daniel Balofsky an Authorization to Transport his restricted firearms, was ordered by a judge to issue that document.

Wyatt refused.

He refused to issue the required document and he refused to follow the direction of a judge through a court order.

If OPP Superintendent Chris Wyatt is above the law and is not required to obey court orders, who is?

Why, we mere citizens, that’s who.

You see, the very people who are above the law you and I must obey are also the ones enforcing that law… at the barrel of their state-issued guns.

This decision brings the fact police are not required to obey the law into stark focus.

It also brings into stark focus the fact our police forces are out of control; that they make up the rules as they go and they do not care this appalling lack of respect for our judicial system brings “the administration of justice into disrepute”.

Canada has one set of laws for police and another for its citizens. The former has no duty to follow the law whatsoever while the latter must face the barrel of state-owned guns wielded by the very people who do not obey it.

To use the old American Express slogan…

Membership Has Its Privileges.

Watch Daniel Balofsky’s explanation of this absurd decision on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BujCIjUL8Pc

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May 22, 2014

Facebook Photo Equals Child Abuse? When a Firearm is Visible… Absolutely!

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Imagine the scenario.

You post an innocent photo of your son holding a rifle on Facebook. Your son is 11 years old. He is well trained in firearm safety by you. His finger is off the trigger in the photo, just as it should be.

Some pathetic crybaby sees the photo online and calls the New Jersey Department of Children and Families who, in turn, contact the police.

Both agencies raid your home and attempt to search it. They demand to see your gun safe and all your firearms for “inspection”. When you refuse to accede to their ridiculous demands because they don’t have a search warrant these so-called authorities label you “unreasonable” and “uncooperative” and say you act “suspiciously”.

Imagine that.

Stand up for your rights and you are “unreasonable”.

Demand police respect your rights and you are “suspicious” and “uncooperative”.

Rights are inviolate. Police thugs hate that. Good cops don’t, of course, because they respect your rights but those aren’t the type of police at your door late this night.

However, the police finally do leave, but not before threatening to take your children away from you.

This is no fable; no mere story.

This is precisely the violation Shawn Moore, an NRA-certified firearms instructor and range safety officer, faced last year when some whining little ninny saw a photo on Facebook of Shawn’s son holding a rifle.

In their rush to abuse a law-abiding firearm owner these police state thugs failed to obtain a search warrant. Actually, the more likely scenario is no judge with functional brain cells would issue a search warrant based on such flimsy and absurd “evidence.”

Clearly all common sense vacated the puny brains of the minions at the New Jersey Department of Children and Families and their counterparts in the police department.

Nanny State Minion Kristen Brown, aka spokesperson for New Jersey Department of Children and Families, parroted the usual tripe about “duty” while not comprehending the meaning of the word.

“The department has a child abuse hotline for the state of New Jersey and anybody can make a call to that hotline. We are required to follow up on every single allegation that comes into the central registry. In general our role is to investigate allegations of child abuse and neglect.”

An anonymous phone call complaining of a Facebook photo of a child holding a rifle is considered an allegation of child abuse?

How absurd.

 

 

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May 21, 2014

Montreal Police Are Not Qualified To Shoot Their Duty Weapons

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If you live in Montreal you ought to be afraid. Very afraid. Why? Only 250 of 4,600 Montreal Police members bothered to qualify with their duty sidearms.

Police qualification with firearms is required by law, yet only 5% of Montreal’s police force complied with that law.

So what, you ask. There are a lot of cops in Quebec, right? Yes, but give this little tidbit a few moments in your melon. More Montreal cops shoot their weapons in the line of duty than the rest of the province’s police forces combined.

It was Montreal’s Police members who shot and killed Patrick Limoges, a hospital worker, when they also shot and killed the knife-wielding and mentally ill Mario Hamel. The 2012 coroner’s inquest into the shooting death of Patrick Limoges made note of the pathetic shooting qualification compliance record of the Montreal Police.

The coroner recommended the Montreal Police Force

“take the necessary measures to ensure its police staff receive the best training conditions.”

As the Sun News Network report noted,

The qualification rate for firearms dropped in the year that followed [coroner] Brochu’s report.

Does that look like the yahoos in charge of the Montreal Police Force took the coroner’s recommendations seriously?

What will it take for anyone at Montreal Police Headquarters to deal with the fact 95% of their membership failed to comply with legislation demanding police officers qualify with their firearms annually?

Another innocent civilian inadvertently murdered by Montreal Police officers?

 

 

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March 23, 2014

Montreal Police Constable Stephanie Trudeau: Just Another Thug Cop or Simply Misunderstood?

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Montreal Police Constable Stephanie Trudeau is, as evidenced by her own actions, a thug. She makes the tradition of RCMP Constable Geoff Mantler proud.

As is the style of so many police constables today, she is known primarily through her badge number, 728. Constable 728’s primary goal in any interaction with we mere citizens is to ensure our immediate and complete surrender.

Constable Trudeau’s current problems stem from a “overly aggressive arrest” of Serge Lavoie in 2012. The real issue for Trudeau is that she was caught on video “forcefully arresting” and assaulting Lavoie. She clearly learned nothing from Geoff Mantler’s case.

Before assaulting mere citizens, ensure nobody is recording you.

Montreal-Police-LogoConstable Stephanie Trudeau’s actions after the assault were so atrocious the Montreal Police held a press conference specifically condemning her actions and subsequent vulgar description of the events.

Some people are questioning the words that she’s using, the fact that she’s very rude,” said Commander Ian Lafreniere.

The fact is that as an officer no one can be proud of what she’s doing.”

That condemnation is as strongly worded as I’ve ever seen. It is well earned.

The standard response to allegations of police brutality is placing the accused on a paid vacation. True to form, Constable Trudeau was suspended with pay on October 2, 2013.

Yeah, that will teach her a lesson, won’t it?

At least this time she was prohibited from possessing firearms during her paid vacation. That’s probably a first.

Interestingly, she was also ordered to stay away from any member of the Montreal Police Force. She is also forbidden from visiting the police union office unless accompanied by her lawyer.

One wonders why…

At her court hearing Trudeau agreed to “keep the peace” and undergo a 15-day psychiatric evaluation. Her handcuffs were then removed and she was taken to Sherbrooke Hospital.

This is not the first time Constable Stephanie Trudeau aka “Constable 728” made headlines. She rose to internet fame after pepper spraying innocent people at a protest earlier in 2012.

Captured on video, not once but twice she attacks unarmed and defenseless people whose only “crime” is to be standing too close to this loose cannon. Even the cameraman capturing her atrocious actions on video was pepper sprayed repeatedly.

The YouTube video, titled “Constable 728: A Star is Born” has over 747,000 views. It shows very clearly a police constable out of control.

After the video came to the attention of her superiors Constable Stephanie Trudeau was placed on desk duty, and then suspended.

News reports claim Constable Trudeau is “crying a lot” and that it is “very hard for her, what she sees and hears in the media.”

Call me insensitive, but all I have to say about Constable Trudeau’s poor hurt feelings is this:

Tough. You deserve no sympathy from we mere citizens of Canada.

Your own actions put you in this position. You have nobody to blame but the thug you view in the mirror each day. Had you acted like a human being instead of a common bully none of this would be happening.

Now all that remains is for this thug to be fired from the Montreal Police Force.

Cops like this give thousands of honourable police men and women a very bad name.

Police brutality is no joke and until police forces across this nation take this problem seriously good police men and women will continue to be painted with the same thuggish brush Constable Stephanie Trudeau earned herself.

 

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March 11, 2014

Record Police. It IS Legal. That won’t stop you from being arrested…

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It is legal to record police doing their job, even when they don’t like it. This is true on both sides of the border. The trouble is that while video-recording is legal, police still seize cameras and harass mere citizens even though those citizens have committed no crimes.

The latest victim of this police malfeasance is George Thompson, who used his cell phone camera to record on-duty Fall River Police Officer Tom Barboza. Barboza took offense, arrested Thompson, seized his cell phone and charged him with “unlawful wiretapping”.

It’s a completely bogus charge and even the thuggish Barboza knows it.

Barboza released George Thompson from jail but kept his cell phone. Two days later all video on the phone was erased, but according to the police they had nothing to do with the deletions. Just ask them. That’s exactly what they’ll tell you.

They readily admit the phone was in their custody at the time the video “vanished”, but deny they had anything to do with it.

For his part, Fall River Police Chief Daniel Racine professed to be outraged.

“If a Fall River police officer erased that video, he’s fired. And I would suspect the district attorney would take out charges.”

While that makes a great sound byte, the reality of this case is likely to be very different.

As we know from far too many bad experiences with the RCMP, when police investigate themselves there is very rarely any misconduct found.

George Thompson, like me, is not holding out much hope anything will come of this investigation.

“They’re investigating themselves and there’s a code of blue and everybody knows that.”

We mere citizens can’t compete with the Code of Blue.

Can you say “Civilian Oversight?”

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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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October 4, 2012

Systemic Racism inside Thunder Bay Police Services? Sure looks that way from the outside.

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In our Digital Age it”s very easy to screw up.  Never more so than when [allegedly] racist Thunder Bay Police Services (TBPS) Detective John Read writes an offensive “joke” press release about the murder of Adam Yellowhead with the headline “Fresh Breath Killer Captured!!!” and then sends it out to hundreds of media outlets by “mistake”.

To quote the headline from a Globe and Mail Editorial, “Thunder Bay Police don’t understand why joking about an aboriginal murder victim is grotesque

 A 65-year-old native man, Adam Yellowhead, was found dead – murdered – in an area frequented by people who drink mouthwash to become drunk. The lead investigator for the Thunder Bay Police Service wrote a fake press release about arresting a suspected killer, intended only for the eyes of his fellow police officers. “Fresh breath killer captured!!!” But then the investigator mistakenly sent out the fake release. Oops.

Oops is an understatement!

That’s not a mistake, that’s downright offensive. I don’t care what race you are.

What’s even more offensive is the response of both Thunder Bay Police Services Chief J.P. Levesque, Police executive officer Chris Adams and Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs, who is also a member of the Thunder Bay Police Services Board.

Mayor Hobbs had the audacity to say response to the offensive email was completely “blown out of proportion.”  He went on to tell CBC Radio,

That was… uh… a joke made between detectives and it should stay in-house.  It’s got nothing to do with race, and I think for the media to make it into a racial issue is totally irresponsible.

Chris Adams said the Human Rights Complaint was “insulting” to the Thunder Bay Police Services.  Now that’s rich.

“We’re discouraged by the announcement of the complaint,” Adams said.

No doubt.  Nobody likes being called racist on the world stage.  There is a very simple remedy for that, of course… don’t act like racists!

Other words bandied about by TBPS Chief Levesque, Chris Adams and Mayor Hobbs were “insulted” and “disappointed“.

No, “insulted” is how the family of murder victim Adam Yellowhead feel.  Get it right.

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August 30, 2012

Bakersfield Cop Tries Trading Sex for Return of Stolen Property and Rapes Burglary Victim

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Isn’t it great when, after you have been victimized by thieves, the cops come along and victimize you all over again?  That’s [allegedly] the case in Bakersfield, California, where Bakersfield Police Officer Patrick Lefler was arrested after trying to extort sexual favours from a woman he was sent to help.

Instead of actually returning the stolen property to the young woman as he was supposed to, Bakersfield Police Officer Patrick Lefler instead threatened to withhold the woman’s property unless she had sex with him.

He waited over a week to book the woman’s property into police evidence… I suppose because he was hoping to get a positive response to his text messages to the woman first.  What a complete scumbag.

Naturally, he is now on a paid vacation (aka administrative leave) for his disgusting deeds, a standard practice when police are accused of crimes.

It has also come to light that this same cop, Bakersfield Police Officer Patrick Lefler, is now accused of raping a burglary victim while he was on duty.  It’s frighteningly similar circumstances to rapist cop Ladmarald Cates, the Milwaikee Police Officer who raped a young woman while responding to a 911 call from her residence.  Thankfully that piece of human garbage is now serving a 20-year prison sentence for his crimes.

A lot of times people will submit to government authority, it’s not really done by violence, the force or violence is the status of the public official,” said Defense Attorney Kyle Humphrey.

Unfortunately for Lefler’s [alleged] rape victim there will be no such justice in her case.  The Kern County District Attorney’s office is refusing to charge Patrick Lefler for any crimes, stating that while his conduct was “professionally reprehensible” it was not necessarily criminal.

I’m sure that’s a great comfort to Lefler’s rape victim… that while what he did to her was “reprehensible” it wasn’t against the law.

It was the same thing in Ladmarald Cates’ case.  The DA refused to press charges.  It was only the tenacity of Cates’ rape victim to see justice done that Cates was finally brought to justice.  It sickens me that another rape victim must now go through the same thing because of another cowardly district attorney.

Perhaps the Kern County District Attorney ought to be subjected to Lefler’s unwanted sexual abuses.  Maybe then Patrick Lefler might face criminal charges…

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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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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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August 19, 2012

Corey Maygard: Harassed by Edmonton Police for the “crime” of videotaping them on a public street

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Corey Maygard was arrested for recording Edmonton Police Service Constables

Corey Maygard was on the street on Friday, August 10, 2012 and saw what he thought were Edmonton Police Service constables physically abusing a man.  He pulled out his iPhone and started recording what he was witnessing.

One of the constables then came over and demanded that Corey stop recording them.  Fine.  The constable can make any demand he likes.  That doesn’t mean anyone has to abide by his whims, his badge and gun notwithstanding.

The good constable has absolutely no authority in law to order a citizen to stop recording on a public street.  The mere fact they don’t want their actions captured on tape is a pretty good indication they probably weren’t going “by the book.”  Cops who aren’t doing anything wrong shouldn’t have anything to hide, right?

If their actions were legitimate, then you would think they would welcome video evidence of that.  It would sure come in handy if someone filed a charge of police brutality, don’t you think?

Now I am NOT saying or even suggesting that the Edmonton Police Service constables that Corey Maygard captured on his iPhone were doing anything wrong.  I have no idea if they were or were not abusing their authority.

What I do know is they have no right to order a person to stop recording them while they are performing their sworn duties.  It is NOT a crime to videotape police.  Not even when the cops themselves don’t like it.

They had the one guy somewhat hog-tied behind his back,” Maygard said.And they were dragging him.”

Maygard says one of the officers approached and told him to stop recording. He refused.

He at that point turned me around, read me my rights,” Maygard said. “Took my phone. Turned the video off and arrested me for obstruction of justice.”

Corey Maygard then spent almost a full day in jail until he was released and all charges against him were ordered dropped by Crown Counsel the following Monday morning.

Big surprise! Recording police constables doing their job is not a crime.

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August 12, 2012

Hypocrisy Gone Wild: Niagara Regional Police Constable Nathan Parker files Human Rights complaint after being disciplined for police brutality

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As astounding and incomprehensible as it sounds, a Niagara Regional Police Constable who went berserk on a cyclist on May 6, 2008 filed a human rights complaint against his superiors because they hurt his feelings.

Constable Nathan Parker, who has never shown one iota of remorse for his disgraceful actions of that day, felt hard done by when a police disciplinary board ruled he should be docked 120 hours of pay.  Oh, the poor little hard-done-by crybaby.

Constable Nathan Parker has a history of abusive actions against those I refer to as “mere citizens”.  You know who they are… they’re you, me, our wives and children; anyone who doesn’t wear a badge and gun and call himself a “police officer” when he is merely a police constable.

One such mere citizen, Pino Carbonara, was riding his bicycle down the street on May 6, 2008 when an off-duty Constable Nathan Parker practically ran Carbonara over with his vehicle.  Understandably upset at nearly being killed, Carbonara shook his fist and yelled at the fleeing motorist.  If you can call that a mistake, then Pino Carbonara made one that day and paid the price for it.

Constable Parker pulled over, hopped out of his vehicle and began screaming at the cyclist.  He then grabbed Carbonara and physically pulled him off his bicycle.  His feet still locked into his bike pedals, Carbonara crashed to the ground and was placed in handcuffs. Parker then called for backup and had Carbonara taken to the police station and booked for criminal mischief.

After hearing what went on, not even Parker’s superior officer, Staff Sgt. Chris Scotland, would back Parker’s version of events.  He ordered the thug cop to release Pino Carbonara unconditionally.

He feels he is being picked on by his employer and is the victim of bias.  His actions were those of a bully. He’s shown no remorse and is unapologetic. The actions of Const. Parker are an embarrassment to the whole service,”  said Niagara Regional Police Inspector Lorne Lillico.

As I wrote back on April 27, 2011:

That’s a pretty strong statement from the Blue Wall that your actions were out of line, don’t you think, Constable Parker?

When your own supervisors won’t back your play, one would think you’d get the message that you’ve been out of line.

Naturally, Parker is upset that Carbonara has brought an official complaint against him, as well as a civil suit.

I guess you shouldn’t act like such a colossal jerk if you don’t want to suffer the consequences of your actions, Constable Parker.

Constable Nathan Parker was eventually found guilty of two counts of unlawful exercise of authority under the Police Services Act in June.

As I mentioned at the outset of this article, this isn’t the first time Constable Nathan Parker has abused his authority and been found guilty by police review boards.  It’s not even the second time.  Or the third…

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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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August 6, 2012

Finally! A response from Lake Country RCMP Detachment Commander Sgt. Scott Rempel re: Pellet Gun Seizure

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In the May 16, 2012 edition of the Vernon Morning Star it was reported that RCMP had seized a pellet gun from a person and were going to destroy it, despite the fact they were not laying any charges against the pellet gun owner.  This seizure arose from a complaint called in to police that someone was shooting a handgun off the north side of the dock near the Turtle Bay Pub.

As anyone who read my May 18th article “Vernon BC’s Lake Country RCMP the latest edition to Police State Canada” will already know, this action from members our national police force raised my hackles, and raised them quite well.  I wrote an open letter to the Lake Country RCMP Detachment Commander and urged everyone else to do the same.

As I wrote then,

I have absolutely no issue with the fact that the RCMP investigated the complaint of someone shooting a handgun from north side of the dock at Turtle Bay Pub.  In fact I would have been horrified had your constables not investigated.  However, once it was determined that no crime had been committed that should have been the end of the matter.

At the time RCMP Constable Kris Clark was quoted as saying

“The pellet gun they were using could’ve certainly been mistaken for a real firearm, even up close.”

He is quite correct.  Good quality pellet guns do resemble actual firearms.  The manufacturers license the designs from firearm companies in order to make a product that people will actually buy.  Imagine that.

Whether a pellet gun looks like a real firearm or not is, legally speaking, irrelevant, since pellet guns are legal to own in Canada.  Now, if you use a pellet gun in the commission of a crime, it doesn’t matter whether it looks like a real gun or not;  you’ll still be charged with a firearm offense, and rightly so, and the pellet gun will be seized by police.  Again, rightly so.

But what about when there is no crime committed?  That was what got my hackles up about this case.  From the information I could find online there was no criminal act, hence no justification for seizing the private property of a citizen.

According to Lake Country RCMP Detachment Commander Sgt. Scott Rempel there is more to the story than was reported in the press, even if it did take him over 2 months to respond to my letter.

Please leave me your thoughts on Sgt. Rempel’s response at the bottom of this article.

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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 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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June 20, 2012

RCMP Constable Derrick Holdenried suspended without pay for stealing, but Monty Robinson is still on the payroll???

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The RCMP really needs to get its act together when it comes to punishing wrongdoers within its ranks.  The suspension of RCMP Constable Derrick Holdenried for stealing seems outrageous and bizarre when compared to that of killer cop RCMP Corporal Monty Robinson or sexual offender RCMP Sgt Don Ray.

Monty Robinson, you will remember, is the guy who ran home to down a couple of shots of vodka before returning to the scene of his crime.  He didn’t even have the decency to check and see if Orion Hutchinson was even alive.  Running home for more to drink was far more important.

Monty Robinson has remained on the RCMP payroll for almost 4 years now, despite being convicted of obstructing justice in the Hutchinson case.

Then there is Constable Derrick Holdenried.  While I don’t buy his defense that he stole because I attended a horrific suicide scene and have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), I do feel for anyone who has to deal with that sort of horror as part of his or her job.

No matter how horrific that suicide scene was though it does not excuse Constable Holdenried’s being a petty thief, however.

The RCMP isn’t commenting publicly on Holdenried’s case, at least not yet.  Holdenried himself has said that RCMP brass have informed him they want to get rid of him, a statement that baffles me, to be honest.

Stealing is wrong.  That’s not even up for debate.  What is up for debate, however, is how different cases of criminal wrongdoing by RCMP members is dealt with.

The RCMP wants to get rid of Constable Derrick Holdenried for stealing $22 from a community policing station.  I’m not necessarily against his being fired for that.  After all, the men and women who serve in our police forces must be held to a high standard if they are to retain the respect of Canadians.

That being said, why is firing a guy who stole $22 such a critical example to make when killers and serial sexual predators are protected within the RCMP’s ranks?

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