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October 6, 2014

RCMP Reports Sex Offender Names Except When Sex Offender is an RCMP Member

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The RCMP has a long history of hypocrisy when it comes to dealing with sex offenders wearing Red Serge. If the sex offender is an RCMP member his name will NOT be released to the press and every possible measure is taken to protect his identity.

Such is the case once more, this time in Manitoba, as a 26-year RCMP veteran faces charges of sexual assault and sexual interference. Both charges relate to the sexual assault of a 9-year-old child.

It is beyond repulsive that the RCMP continues to provide aid and comfort to pedophiles in their own ranks, yet don’t waste a moment to publicly identify sex offenders who are not RCMP members.

Two recent press releases from Manitoba RCMP highlight this issue.

First, on October 2, 2014, Manitoba RCMP issued a Community Notification about convicted sex offender Bruce Gordon NELSON.

Winnipeg, MB, October 2, 2014 – The Manitoba Integrated High Risk Sex Offender Unit (MIHRSOU) is a joint forces unit of the Winnipeg Police Service and the RCMP. MIHRSOU today provides information regarding Bruce Gordon NELSON, 53 years of age, a convicted sex offender who is considered at risk to become involved in further sexual offences.

He is expected to take up residence in the area known as Winnipeg River.

NELSON has previous convictions for Possession and Distribution of Child Pornography; Committing Indecent Acts as well as other criminal offences. Although NELSON may have participated in some sex offender treatment, he is still considered at risk to re-offend. All children and adult females are at risk.

Prior to that, on August 5, 2014, Manitoba RCMP issued the following identifying information about another man who sexually assaulted an 8-year-old girl.

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Norway House, MB, August 5, 2014 – On August 1, 2014, Norway House RCMP arrested and charged Allan Apetagon Jr, 25, from Norway House Cree Nation, Manitoba with Sexual Assault, Sexual Interference and Forcible Confinement in relation to an ongoing investigation from 2012.

In August of 2012, an eight-year-old girl from Winnipeg was assaulted in Norway House, MB.

Apetagon was remanded into custody awaiting a court appearance in Thompson, Manitoba today.

Noticeably absent from the Manitoba RCMP Newsroom website is any information about their very own child molester.

This blatant hypocrisy is simply intolerable. If it’s okay to identify alleged sex offenders when they are “mere citizens” then surely it is acceptable to identify child molesters who happen to also be RCMP members. Either that or in cases where the accused is NOT an RCMP member there is no need to “protect the ongoing investigation”.

Here is the only information I could find on this atrocious case:

On Sunday, a 55-year-old officer was charged with sexual assault and sexual interference. Brandon police confirm the accused is a 26-year veteran of the RCMP who was not on duty at the time of the alleged assaults.

He has been released from custody on appropriate, police-imposed conditions to appear in court in Ashern on Nov. 19.

Police say the suspect’s name will not be released to protect the ongoing investigation.

The RCMP cannot hide their sex offenders behind “due process” and “innocent until proven guilty” when they repeatedly and publicly refuse to do the same for non-RCMP members.

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July 28, 2014

Prince Edward Island Chief Firearms Officer Vivian Hayward is a Liar

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Prince-Edward-Island-Chief-Firearms-Officer-Vivian-Hayward-is-a-LiarPrince Edward Island Chief Firearms Officer Vivian Hayward, (center with her finger on the trigger) is nothing if not a fear-mongering liar.

That’s right. Vivian Hayward is a liar.

Unhappy with Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney’s announcement that provincial Chief Firearms Officers are about to have their wings severely clipped, Vivian Hayward decided the best defence was a fabricated fear-mongering offense.

Stripping down the bloated firearms bureaucracy by combining firearms licenses and Authorizations to Transport restricted firearms is logical and something rational Canadians have wanted for over a decade.

If an individual is deemed safe to own restricted firearms (handguns) there is no rational reason to think they cannot be trusted to take those firearms to and from shooting ranges, gunsmiths and border crossings responsibly.

It’s is simply the desire of Chief Firearms Officers like the lying Vivian Hayward to micro-manage every move of law-abiding Canadians that keeps this wasteful system in place.

Nothing in Minister Blaney’s announcement leads to open or concealed carry, but that didn’t stop Vivian Hayward from spouting the following gibberish to anyone who would listen.

“(It’s) just basically one step away from the U.S.-style having the gun on their hip authorization to carry, which people in this country don’t have.”

That is simply not true.

A spoken statement that is untrue is commonly called a lie.

The common name for a person telling lies is a liar.

That describes Vivian Hayward perfectly, especially in light of the following statement.

“You would never be able to convict somebody and say, ‘What are you doing at this shopping mall with a restricted firearm in your vehicle?’ It would no longer be an unauthorized place because they would no longer have an ATT. I see huge implications for the police.”

What makes this moron think the current requirement for firearms to be transported to and from ranges, gunsmiths and border crossings to be as direct a route as possible? Even current regulations do not prevent a person from stopping for coffee when going to or from the range, or even (gasp!) stop at a shopping mall to buy hearing protection before going to the shooting range.

A spokesperson for Public Safety Canada said Friday all safe transport and storage requirements will continue to apply “…including that firearms must be transported to an authorized location such as a shooting club, and the firearms owner must take the most direct route,” said Jean Paul Duval of Public Safety Canada in an e-mail to The Guardian.

Vivian Hayward’s insistence on harassing law-abiding firearm owners is clear.

She takes great pride in manufacturing criminals out of we mere citizens and is distressed her ability to do that will be severely curtailed once the proposed legislation passes.

This lying wench ought to quit right now before she embarrasses herself and the RCMP even further. If she refuses to resign she should be fired for incompetence.

And yes, that is the Chief Firearms Officer’s finger on the trigger. Just like the rest of her staff.

This is who is in charge of enforcing firearm law in Prince Edward Island?

God help us all.

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June 22, 2014

Crown Prosecutors Drop Breach Charges Against Convicted Murderer Keith Wiens

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In a move that stunned family and those following this case, as I have, Crown prosecutors dropped charges against convicted murderer Keith Wiens for breaching his bail conditions prior to his conviction for murdering Lynn Kalmring.

Keith Wiens is a lowlife – a convicted murdering lowlife.  At no time from the day he shot Lynn Kalmring until today has this pathetic excuse for a man ever taken responsibility for his actions.

This ex-RCMP corporal shot Lynn Kalmring in the face. He then blamed his fiance for her own murder at his trial, saying she tried attacking him with a knife.  All evidence showed this to be precisely what it was: a flat-out lie designed to blame the victim for her own death.

What annoyed me most was the statement by Crown counsel spokesperson Neil Mackenzie claiming it is not in the public interest to prosecute Keith Wiens for breaching his bail conditions.

“We are taking into account a couple of factors. Bail was revoked on the murder charges and he was subsequently held in custody. He is now convicted and serving a life sentence. Even if he was convicted of a breach offence it would be concurrent to the life sentence. Taking into account the various factors, we concluded that the breach of conditions charge was not required,” said Mackenzie.

That is absurd.  This piece of crap openly flaunted his bail conditions and now, in the wake of Weins’ non-stop whining about how unfair it is, Crown prosecutors give him exactly what he wants: a stay of proceedings for breaching his bail conditions.

MacKenzie’s statement “Even if he was convicted of a breach offence it would be concurrent to the life sentence” is equally absurd.  This is a separate criminal offense and any sentence should be served consecutively, not concurrently as is the common practice in Canada.

I don’t care that, after the RCMP finally arrested Wiens for breaching his bail conditions, the murderer sat in a prison cell until the completion of his trial.

It’s precisely where he ought to be after violating the terms of his bail.

Any penalty for this additional crime ought to be paid, not waived off because it might be too inconvenient for the Crown to prosecute.

Sending the message to criminals that breaching bail conditions comes without additional cost is the wrong message.

What Crown counsel spokesperson Neil Mackenzie forgot in his rush to drop the charges against Keith Wiens is Lynn Kalmring’s family.

They deserve justice.

They’re not getting it.

That is flat-out wrong.

Keith Wiens is a selfish, self-centered murderer.  According to this convicted murderer the world owes him and he will not rest until he’s worked every angle possible in our so-called Justice system.  He’s already filed a complaint against Crown counsel John Swanson, claiming that Swanson somehow violated Wiens’ Charter Rights.  It’s a joke, a mockery of justice that anyone takes this complaint seriously.

The only satisfying result of this entire case is that Weins current sits in a cell in Kent Prison.  At least until some moronic appeals court decides his conviction should be overturned for some perceived slight to his Charter Rights and Freedoms.

You can read the full sentencing statement by Justice Barrow online at http://canlii.ca/en/bc/bcsc/doc/2013/2013bcsc1577/2013bcsc1577.html

Previous articles on this case:

Lynn Kalmring was murdered by her fiance, ex-RCMP Corporal Keith Gregory Wiens

Lynn Kalmring was murdered by her fiance, ex-RCMP Corporal Keith Gregory Wiens

I’ve corresponded with family members many times over the course of this case.

My heart goes out to them all as they suffer through more and more torments at the hands of the self-adsorbed killer who steadfastly refuses to take any responsibility for his own actions.

Please know I stand with you. My fervent hopes are prayers are that justice will prevail in this case and that ultimately this worthless scrap of humanity will finally take responsibility for his actions.

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March 16, 2014

Is Nanaimo RCMP Sgt. Sheryl Armstrong a complete idiot?

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Is Nanaimo RCMP Sgt. Sheryl Armstrong a complete idiot? Or just thoroughly ignorant of the laws she supposedly enforces?

I honestly don’t know what else you can say about a so-called “police officer” who has absolutely no idea of what she speaks.

I also can’t fathom how moronic [alleged] reporter Darrell Bellaart must be that he refused to do the most basic fact-checking prior to making both himself and his newspaper the laughing stock of the nation.

The story coming out of Nanaimo (“Nanaimo RCMP discover Soviet assault weapons“) is that the RCMP discovered “Soviet assault rifles” and Thank God they did!!!! God only knows what could happen if these heinous “assault weapons” fell into the wrong hands!!!

Except for one small pesky fact.

The SKS is NOT an “assault rifle”.

It is a semi-automatic firearm. That means it fires a single bullet with each trigger pull. It is a non-restricted rifle you can legally purchase at any gun store in the country.

Bellart writes:

“The weapons are capable of rapidly firing up to 10 bullets without reloading.”

No, they are not.

The SKS, like all semi-automatic rifles in Canada, are by law limited to 5 rounds in the magazine. Anyone with even a passing knowledge of firearms law would know that. An RCMP Sergeant most definitely would. Or should. Unless she is more interested in a scary headline than the truth.

So either reporter Darrell Bellaart is an idiot for not doing his own research, or he’s a moron for believing the wheelbarrow of dung Nanaimo RCMP Sgt. Sheryl Armstrong tossed in his face.

Or maybe he was just so desperate for a headline he didn’t care about journalistic integrity, in which case I can’t understand why the newspaper employs him.

Regardless of which (or all) of the above is true, Darrell Bellaart is probably the most lazy and pathetic example of a “reporter” I’ve encountered in a very long time.

As for Sgt. Sheryl Armstrong, you’d think we were in Beirut, not Canada, when she spouts off drivel like this.

Any time you have something capable of firing more than one bullet (in rapid succession), it’s concerning,” Armstrong said. “You think about the massacres we’ve had with AK-47s.

[NOTE: Nanaimo Daily News edited the article to remove this comment since this article was written. The original article appears below.]

Well, if I could find even a single “massacre” in Canada committed with an AK-47 then maybe I would think about them, but since there hasn’t been one I can’t.

If the Nanaimo Daily News wants to report the news then by all means do so. Tell your readers a couple of alleged criminals were found with some stolen merchandise, drugs and guns. But don’t treat your readers like 3-year-olds and cry “The Sky Is Falling!” just because a couple of criminals were caught in possession of non-restricted firearms.

Yours in Liberty,

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Nanaimo RCMP discover Soviet assault weapons
Routine investigation of shed near Nanaimo home uncovers pair of SKS Tula semi-automatic rifles
DARRELL BELLAART / DAILY NEWS -MARCH 15, 2014 12:00 AM

A cache containing two assault weapons, drugs and $18,000 in reportedly stolen goods was uncovered by police in a shed during a routine investigation. Nanaimo RCMP officers made the discovery in the 200-block of Pine Street earlier this week.

Two Soviet-era SKS Tula semi-automatic assault rifles, a scooter valued at $3,000, and an estimated $15,000 worth of bicycles were hidden in the shed, along with a quantity of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana. Police would not say what led to the find.

But the discovery of two Russian assault weapons is of particular concern, given the potential danger they pose to public safety. The weapons are capable of rapidly firing up to 10 bullets without reloading.

“If they fall into the wrong hands, now they’ve got a semi-automatic weapon,” said Sgt. Sheryl Armstrong of the Nanaimo RCMP. “Or if some young child finds them and thinks they’re a toy, and there’s ammunition, look out.”

Guns capable of firing one bullet after another are often used in mass shootings.

“Any time you have something capable of firing more than one bullet (in rapid succession), it’s concerning,” Armstrong said. “You think about the massacres we’ve had with AK-47s. If you can fire off (multiple) shots just like that, it has the capability of harming more individuals than a single shot.”

Christopher Durkin, 43, appeared in provincial court Thursday facing weapons, property crime and drug charges. His next court date is set for April 1.

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July 27, 2013

Justice for Lynn Kalmring — Ex-RCMP Member & Convicted Murderer Keith Wiens to Serve 25 Years

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Keith Wiens is a despicable specimen of humanity. He brutally murdered Lynn Kalmring and then blamed her death upon Lynn herself.

Wiens attempted to claim self-defense for shooting Lynn Kalmring in the face from approximately 2 feet away, according to expert testimony. He placed a knife in her hands after she was dead to make it look like Kalmring was the aggressor and the cause of her own demise.

Thank God common sense prevailed and this liar and murderer’s version of events were not accepted.

Donna Irwing, Lynn Kalmring’s sister, had this to say after the sentence was pronounced by Justice Geoff Barrow:

“It’s a good day, we’re all going to sleep well tonight, go back to our homes, try to pick up the pieces and get on with our lives because that’s what Lynn would want.”

The jury took less than 6 hours to find Keith Wiens guilty of second degree murder. That time span includes time they took off from deliberating to have dinner.

Clearly they didn’t buy into his lies.

“It’s not going to bring Lynn back, but maybe she can rest in peace now,” says Kalmring’s sister Maggie Leslie.
“Going into this we didn’t know what to expect. We didn’t know how we were going to feel or what we were supposed to feel or how long it would take. But at the end of the day it’s brought out the good in our justice system.”

The jury recommended 20 years before Wiens could be eligible for parole and Justice Geoff Barrow went even further.

Amen.

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December 6, 2012

Thug RCMP Constable Geoff Mantler suddenly pleads guilty?

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When it comes to police brutality cases I don’t surprise easy. So often they are pathetically predictable.

Today, however, I was shocked to see Kelowna thug and RCMP Constable Geoff Mantler suddenly changed his plea to guilty.

This sad excuse for a man spent the past two years proclaiming his innocence, blaming his RCMP bosses for “tossing him under the bus”, and now, just before he was scheduled to testify in his own defence, Geoff Mantler entered a guilty plea.

Buddy Tavares, the man who Mantler brutally kicked in the face, was understandably upset by the turn of events. He wanted to hear this RCMP thug explain himself in open court. Now that will never happen.

“I’ve been waiting a long time man, years, to hear why he did that. I’m not going to hear it. Well, let ‘er go. Move on.”

All that remains now is for Canadians to find out what deal was made in exchange for the guilty plea.

Given that two-time killer and former RCMP Corporal Monty Robinson was handed just 30 days of house arrest for doing everything he could to stifle the investigation into his killing of Orion Hutchinson while under the influence of alcohol, I don’t hold out any hope that Geoff Mantler will actually receive the sentence he so richly deserves.

I am, unfortunately, fully prepared to be disgusted and outraged.

What should happen is that

a) Geoff Mantler spend some time inside a prison cell and,
b) he is fired from the RCMP immediately.

While I believe this is what should happen, I have absolutely no faith whatsoever that it will happen.

My money is on Geoff Mantler being reinstated to the RCMP and back on patrol within a year.

Yes, that is repulsive, but that seems to be the way justice is served here in Canada when it comes to rogue RCMP constables.

Hey, who knows? I could be completely wrong and Mantler will get everything he deserves…

But sure I won’t be holding my breath waiting for that to happen, and I’m not alone.

One commenter on the CBC story of Mantler’s guilty plea wrote:

We all know what kind of sentence this coward will get….he’ll be back in uniform with all his back pay before the snow melts.

Another person wrote:

Guilty plea or not, I will be disgusted (but, sadly, not surprised) if he gets any kind of discharge.

Public confidence in our justice system is at an all-time low when it comes to sentencing criminal cops, but nowhere more so than here in British Columbia. Here, for some reason that utterly defies comprehension, our judges refuse to render a just sentence to these particular violent offenders.

That simply must change.

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November 30, 2012

RCMP Constable Geoff Mantler “tossed under the bus” by RCMP Brass?

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Ever since video of Kelowna RCMP Constable Geoff Mantler’s brutal kick to the face of Buddy Tavares was made public, I’ve stated that this thug should be in prison, not walking the streets with a badge and a gun. Geoff Mantler is a danger to society and, like every other violent offender, he should spend a very long time in prison.

Testimony at Mantler’s trial from Abbotsford Police Department Sgt. Jeremy Lane makes it clear that I’m not alone in this thinking. Sgt. Lane, who analyzed the video extensively, testified that Geoff Mantler pretty much broke every use of force rule there is when confronting a suspect that may be armed. That’s hardly shocking testimony to anyone who watched the video.

Police_Brutality-250x175Sgt. Lane went on to testify that Mantler’s commands to Buddy Tavares were incomplete, vague and could easily have left Tavares confused about what the RCMP constable expected of him. Again, hardly shocking news.

What is shocking, and probably shouldn’t be, is that Geoff Mantler believes he is being “tossed under the bus” by his RCMP superiors.

When I read a news report that said Geoff Mantler was being “tossed under the bus” by RCMP Brass who wanted to make an example of him and at the same time protect the image of the RCMP, I wasn’t sure if I should laugh or cry.

The idea that Mantler is being unjustly persecuted is laughable, and the idea that Mantler did nothing wrong is simply ridiculous.

Long gone, it seems, are the days where RCMP members took responsibility for their actions. Geoff Mantler is the poster-boy for this behavior, topped only by the repulsive actions of former RCMP Corporal Monty Robinson. Anyone who reads this site regularly already knows precisely what I think of that particular waste of breathable air.

While I doubt that RCMP Brass are tossing him under the bus, since Geoff Mantler managed that all by himself by his brutal and repulsive actions, I believe the RCMP should make an example of him.

Constable Geoff Mantler personifies the type of cop the RCMP and any police force in Canada should have absolutely nothing to do with.

He is the kind of cop that I certainly don’t want patrolling our streets.

He is, as I have stated many times, nothing but a thug with a badge and a gun, and if he is acquitted this time as he was in his last police brutality case for assaulting Manjit Singh Bhatti, I guarantee this will not be the last time Geoff Mantler is on trial for abusing his police authority and beating the crap out of some mere citizen.

No, should Geoff Mantler get off again, he will see this as a vindication of his heinous actions; an endorsement that his “might is right” mentality is moral and just.

He will believe, as he does today, that he has done nothing wrong and is being persecuted by RCMP Brass who want to protect the RCMP’s image.

The very best thing the RCMP can do to restore public confidence in this case, is to fire Geoff Mantler regardless of the outcome of this trial.

That would send the message loudly and clearly that thuggish actions will not be tolerated in the ranks of the RCMP.

Will that message ever be sent?

I don’t know. Perhaps you and I should send a letter to Robert Paulson, the Commissioner of the RCMP, and explain in no uncertain terms we do NOT want this type of cop represented in the ranks of our national police force.

 

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November 28, 2012

Even Buddy Tavares doesn’t believe Cst. Geoff Mantler will be convicted of police brutality

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Buddy Tavares is the man who was brutally kicked in the face by RCMP Constable Geoff Mantler on January 6, 2011. A Kelowna reporter happened to be there at the time and recorded the entire thing on video. That video went viral and public outrage and condemnation of Mantler’s apparent over-reaction was swift.

In the wake of the Mantler video showing what seems to be blatant police brutality, two other Kelowna-area men came forward with their own complaints about RCMP Constable Geoff Mantler.

In one case the Crown declined to press charges against the rogue RCMP constable, but they moved forward with charges in the second case. In that case, despite the judge saying on record that he didn’t believe Mantler’s testimony and believed he was indeed responsible for the injuries sustained by Manjit Singh Bhatti, Provincial Court Judge Mark Takahashi acquitted Mantler on all charges.

It was an outrage, but an expected one, especially in the wake of another RCMP member being slapped on the wrist for the crime of killing a man. Former RCMP Constable Monty Robinson was found guilty of obstruction of justice in the death of Orion Hutchinson, but the judge in that case felt sending Robinson to prison would be too harsh a crime for the killer who did everything he could to obstruct the investigation into his actions.

Robinson was sentenced to 30 days house arrest shortly before the verdict came down in Mantler’s first police brutality trial. In the wake of that pathetic sentencing, there was no doubt in my mind that Mantler would get off.

Here we are in another police brutality trial with video evidence, and even the victim of that crime doesn’t believe actual justice will come out the other end of the “dog and pony show” that is Mantler’s trial.

Buddy Tavares told reporters he fully expects that Geoff Mantler will be acquitted.

I’d like to have more faith in the Canadian justice system than Buddy Tavares does, but alas that isn’t possible.

When an RCMP member can kill a man, lie about it, drink more so he cannot be charged with impaired driving and uses all his police training to ensure he will never have to face justice and succeeds… it’s hard to believe there is any justice to be found inside a courtroom when an RCMP member is the one on trial.

Perhaps Mantler will actually be convicted though, and this will be the case that turns the shattered faith in our justice system around… God knows something has to.

 

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October 23, 2012

Brutal Thug (and Kelowna RCMP Constable) Geoff Mantler finally on trial for kicking Buddy Tavares in the face

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Anyone who has visited this site before will know precisely what I think of Kelowna RCMP Constable Geoff Mantler. I think he’s a thug with a badge and a gun who should be fired from the RCMP and spend a long time rotting in a jail cell.

send-geoff-mantler-to-prison-250x187Geoff Mantler will now stand trial in Kelowna, BC, on November 26, 2012 for the brutal kick to the face of Buddy Tavares after Tavares was already on the ground and obeying Mantler’s orders. The trial is scheduled to last two weeks.

Mantler managed to skate on charges of police brutality earlier this year in another case where even the judge believed Mantler was guilty, but I’m hoping that this time will be different. This time there is video evidence of Mantler’s disgusting and reprehensible actions.

This trial follows in the wake of another high-profile RCMP disgrace, Monty Robinson. Until the sentencing came down in that case I actually thought there might be some measure of justice here in British Columbia, but that was not to be.

Despite scathing remarks about Robinson’s disgusting behaviour throughout the investigation, B.C. Supreme Court Judge Janice Dillon inexplicably felt 30 days of house arrest was a suitably harsh punishment for killing Orion Hutchinson and then lying about it.

Should Geoff Mantler receive a similar slap on the wrist if convicted or worse, get off completely, then I don’t hold out much hope for the RCMP ever regaining their shine here in BC. Too many cases of bad cops being pampered and protected have left a very bad taste in the mouths of too many British Columbians.

Here are some of the columns I’ve penned about this case in the past, in case you’d like to catch up on the case:

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September 21, 2012

Convicted Sexual Predator and Former RCMP Constable Kevin Gregson refuses to apologize to the child he repeatedly raped

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Former RCMP Constable Kevin Gregson is not a nice man, and now that he’s been convicted of murdering Ottawa police Constable Eric Czapnik I no longer have to put the word [alleged] in front of the terms murderer, sexual predator or child rapist.

Gregson was convicted of repeatedly raping a 10-year-old girl on September 19, 2012 by Ontario Superior Court Justice Julianne Parfett.

Justice Parfett wasted no time in pronouncing the pedophile and former RCMP constable guilty, saying that even if there hadn’t been DNA evidence she would have still convicted him on the strength of all the other evidence.

It was Gregson’s being confronted by his wife about those rapes that led directly to his murdering Ottawa Police Constable Eric Czapnik.

Gregson was convicted of Czapnik’s December 29, 2009 murder and is currently serving a 25-year sentence for that crime.

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What’s astounding about this case is not the depravity of Kevin Gregson; not the fact that he repeatedly raped a 10-year-old girl; not the fact that he murdered Constable Eric Czapnik for absolutely no reason; not that he attempted to stab himself in the throat when he was found out by his wife; certainly not the fact that he expresses no remorse for any of it or will even admit he killed Eric Czapnik.

All of that pathetic behaviour is to be expected.  Depraved individuals like Kevin Gregson generally refuse to take responsibility for their heinous actions.  It’s just who they are.

No, what’s truly astounding about this case is the response of the young girl that Kevin Gregson repeatedly raped when she was just 10 years old.

Moments after he was convicted by Justice Parfett and sentenced to 10 years in prison for his crime, the now-13-year-old girl offered the convicted pedophile forgiveness.

She had only one requirement: that he apologize.

She prepared a statement that she tried reading to him but she broke down in tears just two lines in.  Who can blame her?  It was incredibly courageous of her to even try speaking to her sexual violator at all.

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August 14, 2012

Sadly RCMP Commissioner Robert Paulson is learning why his predecessor failed so miserably

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RCMP Commissioner Robert Paulson is on record saying he wants to clean up the RCMP and get rid of the bad apples that are spoiling the barrel of decent cops.

It’s a commendable position to take, even if he’s not the first to attempt the monumental task of rebuilding the RCMP’s shattered image and lost confidence of the public.  His predecessor, William Elliott, also tried to clean up the RCMP and got absolutely nowhere.

At the time this failure was said to be the fault of Elliott himself because he wasn’t a career RCMP man and didn’t understand the culture.  Give that Paulson is hitting the exact same brick wall that Elliott did, I propose that the issue is not a lack of understanding of RCMP culture, but one of understanding it all too well.

Resistance to Change.  It’s the death-knell of any attempt to change a system from within, and the internal culture of the RCMP is highly resistant to change.

On an individual level, if you’re attempting to make positive changes in your life you can bet your bottom dollar that the people who will fight you most on that change are the people who that change affects most.

For example, if you’re finding that you’re drinking more than you ought and try changing that behavior, the folks fighting you hardest on that change will be your drinking buddies.  The reason is quite simple… if you think you’re drinking too much and need to stop, what does that say about them?

When you take that concept to the corporate level the resistance increases exponentially.

We are not all a bunch of screw-ups but it is evident we are all being lumped into that category and we are not valued and trusted,” BC RCMP Staff Sgt. Tim Chad wrote to Commissioner Paulson in an email in July.

Despite the complaints of Staff Sgt. Tim Chad, the entire world knows the RCMP isn’t filled with jackbooted thugs who drag their knuckles on the ground.  Even someone as critical of the RCMP as me can quite easily comprehend that simple fact.

For Chad to get so upset about the need to reform the internal culture of the RCMP only makes me question what it is he may have to hide or why he believes (presuming he believes he is one of the good cops) that he is being lumped in with the bad RCMP members.

Unless Staff Sgt. Tim Chad is “living under a rock”, as Commissioner Paulson suggested, then it must be blatantly obvious to him that the RCMP has some serious internal issues.

Staff Sgt. Tim Chad must be completely out of touch with reality if he can’t see the RCMP has an atrocious record with the public and, as a result, the public (that would be the very people he’s supposed to be serving and protecting) have absolutely no confidence or trust in the RCMP as a whole.

Studies have shown that confidence in the RCMP is lowest in British Columbia and is hardly a surprise given the public perception is that BC is the dumping ground for all the RCMP’s bad apples.

Cases of RCMP members using excessive force are so commonplace nobody is even surprised when another story breaks.  It’s become the norm.

That is, in a word, wrong.

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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 27, 2012

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

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

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

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

Robinson’s sentence?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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July 27, 2012

RCMP Constable Geoff Mantler WALKS on assault charge, as predicted

As much as I would like to have been surprised by Geoff Mantler being acquitted of assaulting Manjit Singh Bhatti on August 30, 2010, sadly I am not. I predicted he would be acquitted on July 12, 2012 in my article titled Constable Geoff Mantler’s Fate in Assault Trial awaits Judge Mark Takahashi’s decision.

While my good friend and un-indicted co-conspirator Jane Gaffin would tell me in no uncertain terms “never try to out-judge a judge”, I just can’t see why Judge Mark Takahashi would convict Geoff Mantler in this case when there’s another police brutality case waiting in the wings where, unless God himself steps in on his behalf, Constable Geoff Mantler ought to be convicted of aggravated assault in about 3 minutes flat.

Turns out I was correct, not that I wanted to be.

So that’s one trial down, one trial to go for Geoff Mantler, the disgraced RCMP constable who has been suspended without pay after he was caught on camera brutally kicking a defenseless Buddy Tavares in the face.

That trial is scheduled for this November, and it will be interesting to see what happens there.  No doubt Mantler will use this acquittal to assure the jury he’s just a deeply misunderstood man doing a tough job.  Tough job or not, I hope he gets what he so richly deserves at his November trial, since he managed to escape unscathed this time.

I can’t wait to read the actual decision in this case, as news reports coming out of Kelowna make it clear that Judge Takahashi was not impressed with Mantler’s actions, but could not find that the evidence before him was enough to overcome reasonable doubt.

Kelowna’s Castanet.com News website had this to say:

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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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July 12, 2012

Constable Geoff Mantler’s Fate in Assault Trial awaits Judge Takahashi’s decision

It’s not surprising that Provincial Court Judge Mark Takahashi has reserved his decision in RCMP Constable Geoff Mantler‘s police brutality trial in Kelowna, BC.  Judge Takahashi has two conflicting stories to reconcile, as well as figure out who to believe.

The victim in this case, Manjit Singh Bhatti, is an admitted crack cocaine addict with a history of substance abuse.  He’s been on methadone since October of 2011.  Just because he’s a crack addict doesn’t mean he’s not telling the truth about being assaulted by Geoff Mantler, however, but that’s for the judge to decide now.

The RCMP sent three hitters to the plate to bat for Constable Geoff Mantler, who decided in the end his best chances for acquittal would be if he did not take the stand in his own defence.

Instead, Mantler’s partner at the time, Constable Rick Goodwin, explained what he remembered about the night he arrested Manjit Singh Bhatti.  He was followed by Corporal Jason Arnold, who was the supervisor of downtown enforcement at the time of Bhatti’s arrest, who offered up details of the complaint process and the absurd delays in getting both constables to submit statements.

It was 65 days from the date of the [alleged] punch to the head by Constable Geoff Mantler before either he or his partner were asked to submit statements.

Mantler did not submit his statement until 3 months after the [alleged] assault, on December 9, 2010.  He consulted a lawyer before doing so.

During the first day of the trial RCMP Sgt. Wade Severson, the member in charge of taking complaints against RCMP members, testified that the report sat on his desk for a month and that it was over three months before a criminal investigation was undertaken.

If I was a betting man, my money would be on RCMP Constable  Geoff Mantler walking free in this case.

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July 10, 2012

Thug RCMP Constable Geoff Mantler finally faces the first of two assault charges

Thug cop and Kelowna RCMP Constable Geoff Mantler is well-known to anyone who follows cases of RCMP misconduct.  In January 2011 he made international headlines after video surfaced of him [allegedly] brutally kicking Buddy Tavares in the face as Tavares knelt on the ground in front of him.

I hate having to preface that comment with [allegedly] but even thugs like RCMP Constable Geoff Mantler are to be presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law; the overwhelming evidence that he is nothing but a thug with a badge and gun notwithstanding.

On the evening of August 30, 2010 Geoff Mantler [allegedly] punched a crack addict named Manjit Singh Bhatti in the face while Bhatti stood, hands handcuffed behind his back, beside Mantler’s RCMP cruiser and posed no threat to anyone.

“I heard stomp stomp to the right of me and as I was turning, I got hit with either an elbow or a fist,” Bhatti told CHBC News. “From there, I hit the ground and my glasses broke. I had a cut above my eye and my nose was bleeding.”

When Bhatti asked the cop why he was struck, Bhatti says he was told, “Because you’re a stupid, crackhead Hindu”.

Constable Geoff Mantler appears to enjoy beating up citizens he comes across in the course of his duties.  There have been a number of police brutality complaints lodged against Mantler but none appeared to gain any traction with the RCMP until the video of Mantler [allegedly] kicking Tavares in the face gained wide coverage.

When Bhatti said he was going to file a complaint against him, Constable Mantler was completely unconcerned.

“He said, go ahead. This isn’t the first time somebody’s complained against me,” Bhatti said.

In fact, it seems Mantler had good reason to be unconcerned about another police brutality complaint against him.

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