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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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March 10, 2014

RCMP Promotes Anti-Bullying Initiative While Bullying Gun Owners

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While the RCMP promoted Pink Shirt Day as a way of stopping bullying in schools, the horsemen took to bullying some of Canada’s best and most law-abiding citizens: gun owners.

In true hypocritical fashion, the Boys with the Yellow Stripes did precisely as they pleased and with zero regard for the people they bullied into criminals.
RCMP Commissioner Robert Paulson’s Facebook photo said this underneath:

“February 26th is Pink Shirt Day, and RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson is proud to be a part of this initiative. Bullying and Cyberbullying isn’t just hurtful; in some cases, it’s illegal. Don’t take part. Take a stand.”

It’s a nice thought, Commish, and you’re right.

Bullying Hurts. I know. I’m a gun owner… Just like the 13,000 gun owners you bullied into criminals this week.

The comments section overflows with vitriol over the creation of over 13,000 brand new criminals by unaccountable RCMP bureaucrats, a situation that has taken RCMP–Gun Owner relations to an all-time low. That says a lot given how poor those relations were even before this latest anti-gun-owner stunt!

Justin Thomas:

You’ve lost the trust of a great number of people, people the law is supposed to be protecting. Turning its own citizens into criminals overnight. We are the ones who should be trusted, not you.

Caleb Geauvreau:

This man is responsible for constantly bullying law abiding firearms owners. I cannot support the RCMP or their pink shirts as long is this man is allowed to remain in his position. Please resign and do everyone a favor.

Al Yasinski:

he should stick to bullying and leave peoples guns alone….he is the bully !!

Stephen Weese:

Perhaps you should ware you handguns at the next meet with the prime minister like you do with your daughters boyfriends. See what intimidation gets you from him. Don’t bully gun owners.

Eric Yule:

The RCMP are deleting negative posts on here…. confiscate weapons without government consent, controlling social media, while still presenting an anti bullying campaign.

John C Corden:

Delete all the posts you want but angry gun owners aren’t going to quit posting until you go after the real criminals and quit unfairly targeting us. You some anti-gun Liberal from Quebec or something? Oh and resign. Did I say resign?

Is always the need for non-white toilet paper when in the field.

Referencing a year-old video interview where Paulson is positively gleeful while he recounts stories of bullying his daughter’s suitors by answering the door wearing his duty firearm in a variety of holsters, Ryan Lobson writes:

Isn’t intimidating your daughter’s boyfriends with your “device” bullying? Get your head on straight Bob.

No, it’s not. It’s just another day in the RCMP… where hypocrisy knows no bounds.

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March 7, 2014

Gun Reclassification: Royal Canadian Mounted Police or Rogue Cops Making Policy?

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After the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) arbitrarily manufactured over 13,000 “gun criminals” last week by reclassifying Swiss Arms and CZ 858 rifles from non-restricted to prohibited, Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney announced a 5-year amnesty protecting those formerly law-abiding gun owners from prosecution.

Gun owners across the country are understandably upset. One day they were law-abiding gun owners complying with every law required to own these firearms, the next day they are criminals facing serious prison time.

“It is a dark day when police, not the people’s elected representatives, can suddenly transform thousands of ordinary, law-abiding Canadians into criminals with the stroke of a bureaucratic pen,” writes Lorne Gunter.

Presumably the 5-year limitation on this amnesty is because Minister Blaney will resolve this abuse of RCMP bureaucratic power long before that deadline. How he will resolve it remains to be seen, but preventing the RCMP from arresting and criminally charging these gun owners is a good first step.

As Matt Gurney wrote in the National Post,

“That’s a good first step, but no more than that. The RCMP’s reclassification of these firearms, suddenly turning normal Canadians into outlaws for owning property the RCMP had already approved, was outrageous. No explanation was offered as to why these firearms had suddenly become more dangerous. No incidents of violence were cited, no new information brought forward. In effect, the RCMP changed its mind, and ordered citizens to turn over equipment they had invested thousands of dollars into or else face criminal charges. This is a grotesque abuse of power, and one that the police should not have. In a free society, the police enforce the laws, and even interpret them with trained judgment, but they do not make them up as they go.”

While many gun owners on internet forums are absolutely furious Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney didn’t do more, I would suggest they are overly impatient, if not naïve.

My first reaction was outrage at the initial announcement too, but after taking a breath and thinking about what Minister Blaney said publicly I’m betting on a longer game than simply giving amnesty to these newly manufactured “criminals”.

Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney made it crystal clear the RCMP’s actions are unacceptable. He has no interest in allowing RCMP bureaucrats to create policy.

“I want to assure you all options are on the table to fix this situation. I will also be taking steps to make sure this never happens again.”

Ensuring the RCMP can never again manufacture 13,000 criminals out of thin air will take more than a weekend to work out.

That the amnesty came immediately is a positive sign of Minister Blaney’s intentions. There is more to come, of that I am confident.

I am every bit as impatient as any Canadian gun owner, but I am confident Minister Blaney will keep his word and ensure “this never happens again.”

There are a lot of options available to the Minister of Public Safety and only a fool would believe Blaney is not cognizant the pro-gun vote depends on his actions on this issue.

He could strip the RCMP of its duties as they relate to the Canadian Firearms Safety Program. He could issue an Order In Council to resolve many outstanding issues, including this one.

What ultimately must be addressed, however, is the core issue of the RCMP’s systemic hatred of Canada’s law-abiding gun owners.

As J.R. Cox, of Calgary’s The Shooting Edge gun shop, said,

“There is a movement within the RCMP and they don’t like to see guns in the hands of anybody but themselves.”

Law-abiding gun owners used to be the RCMP’s best friends. Not any longer, although it’s not we mere citizens who have changed. We haven’t. We’re every bit as law-abiding as we’ve always been but that makes no difference to the RCMP ‘s bureaucratic thugs.

Is it simply that they feel pressure to “do something” about so-called “gun crime”? If so, they’re attacks on we law-abiding gun owners are thoroughly and completely misguided.

They are, however, completely in line with the RCMP’s core mantra:

“Officer Safety”.

Better to let a thousand “mere citizens” die than a single RCMP member.

Better to swarm and kill frustrated traveler Robert Dziekanski in 35 seconds than calm him down and help him on his way to his new home.

Better to shoot Ian Bush in the back of the head and claim self defense than tell the truth.

Better to send SWAT Teams after expired firearms license holders in Alberta than simply phone them and ask where their license renewal papers are.

Better to manufacture over 13,000 criminals out of law-abiding citizens with a stroke of your bureaucratic pen than to go after violent criminal gang members.

Taking guns from career criminals is dangerous business. Very dangerous.

Those guys will shoot back.

Law-abiding firearm owners won’t… and the RCMP knows it.

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March 1, 2014

The RCMP Hates One Thing More Than Firearms: Firearm Owners

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The priorities of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) are screwed up.

You may think tracking down child pornographers might be a bigger priority for RCMP investigators but I suspect you would be wrong. The RCMP seems far more intent on tracking down law-abiding gun owners and building files on them instead.

In 2013 and 2013, for example, the RCMP spent $1 million on their “Firearms Internet Investigative Support Unit”.

What’s that, you ask? It’s an RCMP unit comprised of one RCMP sergeant and 6 civilian employees whose sole job is to troll the internet and track what certain Canadians are saying, doing and thinking.

Ordinary people like you and me.

We’ve committed no crimes, nor will we.

We mere citizens have the audacity, however, to own private property the RCMP deems unacceptable.

We own firearms.

Canadian firearm owners, the legal ones who take the safety courses, pass RCMP background checks and receive spousal support for their firearm license application, are the most law-abiding segment of society. Collectively we own millions of firearms yet we harm nobody.

We are a threat to nobody. I can say that with certainty because the RCMP themselves “permit” us to own firearms. They stamped “Approved” on our firearm license applications and sent us on our way to be checked up on continuously by Chief Firearms Officers and other RCMP entities like the “Firearms Internet Investigative Support Unit”, supposedly to enhance public safety.

If we attend a gun show we’re tracked. If we buy a gun we’re tracked. If we sell a gun we’re tracked, and at each and every step the RCMP decides if we are “eligible” to retain our firearm license. Should they deem us “ineligible” our license will be revoked, we will be arrested and our firearms seized.

Gun-Owners-Eat-BabiesAll because we dare own firearms.

If we’re so dangerous why were we issued firearms licenses in the first place?

Clearly we are not dangerous.

We are no threat to anyone. Anyone, that is, except the RCMP bureaucrats who believe firearms in the hands of good people is a bad thing.

To those folks we’re far worse than any child molester, serial rapist or murderer.

We’re gun owners.

(I can’t wait to send in my firearms license renewal  application! Their file on me must be pretty thick by now and I’m sure this article won’t help my case.)

Manufacturing Criminals

Just this week the RCMP turned thousands of Canadian gun owners into criminals when they arbitrarily reclassified 2 firearms from Non-Restricted (anyone can own one and take it to the shooting range or out to the woods shooting) to Prohibited (you can ONLY take it to a shooting range IF you can get an Authorization to Transport it).

Anyone who owns the CZ-858 manufactured after 2006 or the Swiss Arms Classic Green rifles is now a criminal in possession of a prohibited firearm despite the fact each and every person purchased these firearms legally.

Each and every one of those licensed firearm owners are all now liable for up to 10 years in prison (Criminal Code Section 92 -2) for possessing a rifle the RCMP “allowed” them to purchase legally for the past decade.

RCMP bureaucrats made this decision to manufacture criminals out of ordinary law-abiding Canadians. There was no order from the Minister of Public Safety. There was no threat to Canadians. There was simply a bureaucratic decision by the RCMP to manufacture thousands of “gun criminals”.

Unacceptable

For what it’s worth, and that value s yet to be determined, Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney is “troubled” that unelected and unaccountable RCMP bureaucrats keep pulling this crap. In a statement issued on February 29, 2014 he wrote:

Conservatives have always stood up for law-abiding gun owners.

That’s why I was troubled to learn of a decision made by unelected bureaucrats to prohibit a number of rifles imported from Switzerland.

I want to assure you that I will not let law-abiding gun owners suffer as a result of this situation.

These now “prohibited” firearms had been classified as non-restricted for more than a decade. The RCMP has no idea how many of these rifles exist, and they have not announced any plan on how to deal with those who purchased these firearms lawfully.

I want to assure you all options are on the table to fix this situation. I will also be taking steps to make sure this never happens again.

The actions of these bureaucrats are absolutely unacceptable and I will be announcing concrete measures in the coming days.

Our Conservative Government is on your side — and we will always stand up for the rights of law-abiding firearms owners.

Thank you once again for your years of loyal support.

Sincerely,

Steven Blaney
MP, Levis-Bellechasse

While it is refreshing to see Steven Blaney come out so strongly against this arbitrary criminal creation the real definition of the Conservatives having “always stood up for law-abiding gun owners” will be seen in what Blaney actually does on this issue.

Unless he orders the RCMP to reverse both of these firearm re-classifications immediately his words will be meaningless.

If he merely offers compensation for these firearms and allows the RCMP bureaucrats to order their destruction then we will know exactly where the Conservative government stands in relation to law-abiding Canadian gun owners: with the RCMP and their unelected and unaccountable anti-gun bureaucrats.

Standing up for law-abiding gun owners means stopping the RCMP’s attacks on us. Period.

The Harper government and Minister of Public Safety Steven Blaney specifically must take control of these RCMP bureaucrats immediately.

So far that hasn’t happened.

The High River gun confiscation fiasco was never resolved to anyone’s satisfaction, except maybe the RCMP’s. No heads rolled, nobody lost their jobs for violating the Rights and Freedoms of Canadians. It is business as usual as far as the RCMP is concerned and law-abiding Canadian gun owners are understandably fearful.

At any given moment any one of us can be turned into a criminal with the potential to spend years in prison even though we’ve followed every rule, obeyed every law and jumped through every hoop asked of us, all at the whim of some nameless and faceless RCMP bureaucrat.

That is what’s unacceptable.

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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.

Ottawa Police Constable Eric Czapnik

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 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 15, 2012

Systemic Disrespect: Almost half of all RCMP complaints are for abusive behaviour

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It’s a shocking statistic from the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP.  While attempting to find a specific decision on their website I discovered this tidbit of information:

43.6% of ALL complaints against the RCMP are for abusive behaviour and language.

That is incredible and shows a systemic problem that RCMP Commissioner Robert Paulson cannot be happy about.

I stumbled across this information while looking for some recent decisions by the RCMP Complaints Commission.  Shockingly, I discovered their website does not list a single RCMP complaint case past 2009.  I’ve written them asking where they’re hiding the rest of the decisions and hopefully they’ll respond with something other than “they are not publicly available“.

That being said, the information about RCMP complaints is displayed in a way that seemed odd to me.  After stating this:

The most common complaint issue relates to RCMP member attitude. This category can include behaviours that are perceived to be:

  • dismissive;
  • rude;
  • non-responsive;
  • biased;
  • unfair; or
  • lacking in empathy.

where they specifically state the “most common complaint issue relates to RCMP member attitude” the writers of this web page then specifically do NOT include the most telling statistic of all; 24.2% of all complaints against the RCMP are for abusive language.

Notice they specifically exclude this number from the table:

Complaints “other than abusive language” are a whopping 19.4% of all the complaints they receive, but when you combine that with the stats for abusive language complaints, 24.2, you end up with the stunning figure that almost half of all complaints against the RCMP (43.6%) are for their bad attitudes toward the mere citizens of Canada.

Is it any wonder the RCMP is held in such low esteem by Canadians?  How could it be otherwise when RCMP members clearly hold the rest of us in such contempt.

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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

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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June 4, 2012

RCMP Cpl. Monty Robinson sentencing for obstructing justice in Orion Hutchinson’s death delayed again

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Orion Hutchinson was a young man with a bright future until RCMP Corporal Monty Robinson killed him after having 6 drinks at a party.  Now Robinson’s much-anticipated sentencing for obstruction of justice in Orion Hutchinson’s death will be delayed until July 20, 2012.

My sincerest hope is that Monty Robinson will be sentenced to the maximum time possible for his crime.

As any frequent reader of this site already knows, Monty Robinson has never been charged with killing 21-year-old Orion Hutchinson.  He never will be, either.

No, Monty Robinson managed to outsmart the system when he ran home and downed a couple of shots of vodka before returning to the scene of his crime.

What has disgusted me most about RCMP Corporal Monty Robinson’s actions the night he callously killed Orion Hutchinson is not that he left the scene nor the fact he downed a couple of shots of vodka so he couldn’t be charged with drinking and driving causing death.

No, what has disgusted me most about this case is that this spineless, cowardly and manipulative scumbag with a badge was in such a rush to run home for some vodka shots that he couldn’t even be bothered to see if Hutchinson was still alive.

Robinson, instead of doing the decent and honourable thing, walked away from Hutchinson’s broken and bleeding body without so much as a second glance.

This case highlights why the RCMP Act needs an overhaul.  Despite being the RCMP member in charge when he and 3 other RCMP members killed Robert Dziekanski, lying on the stand during the inquiry into that death, killing Orion Hutchinson and obstructing investigators every move in that death this piece of garbage is STILL on the RCMP’s payroll.

While the RCMP is now trying to get his pay stopped, that hasn’t happened yet.  For well over 3 years this pathetic excuse for a man and even more pathetic excuse for an RCMP corporal has been receiving his full paycheck every month.

This should disgust you.  The fact that this man is still receiving a paycheck should cause your brain to reel, your heart to break at the thought of Hutchinson’s parents, siblings, friends and family having to endure this man’s repeated attempts to avoid justice for killing two men. If it does not, then I really don’t know what to say…

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May 25, 2012

Constable Lee Douglas, facing theft charge, gets rewarded for his crime with a paid vacation

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Constable Lee Douglas must be thinking it’s great to be a cop in Oshawa, Ontario… He [allegedly] broke the law and is now being rewarded for his thievery with a paid vacation.  What other career gives benefits like that?

Any normal business would fire an employee for theft or at least make it clear they will resign or face criminal charges, but not police forces in Canada.

Nope, here we prefer to reward thieving cops like Constable Douglas with a paid vacation until such time as they come to trial.  Sure, police forces call it a suspension, but they still pay him his full salary while he sits on his behind and ponders what he will do once he’s back on the job.

Constable Douglas’ criminal charge stem from a case about 5 years ago, where a family member passed away.  That family member owned a shotgun at the time of his death, so the family contacted police to have it disposed of.

Constable Lee Douglas was the policeman who took possession of the shotgun.  Only instead of taking it to the police station to be destroyed, he kept it for himself.

Ironically, if it weren’t for police efforts to crack down on those “evil, horrid gun owners” who let their firearms licenses expire (gasp!) Constable Lee Douglas would have gotten away with it.

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May 23, 2012

Staff Sgt. Don Ray: the latest RCMP sex scandal

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Staff Sgt. Don Ray is the latest in a long line of high-ranking RCMP members to be reprimanded for sexual misconduct on the job.

While stationed in Edmonton and in charge of the RCMP polygraph unit Staff Sgt. Don Ray regularly held parties, got subordinates drunk, made sexual advances and had sex in RCMP offices.

He has since been transferred to British Columbia.

An internal report that has not been made public yet was quoted saying Staff Sgt. Ray “exhibited a ‘serial’ pattern of ‘disgraceful’ conduct.”

The Edmonton Journal article about Staff Sgt.Ray said:

Sgt. Ray admitted to all allegations, expressed remorse and apologized in writing. The RCMP docked him 10 days pay, demoted him by one rank to sergeant, and recommended that he be transferred.

“It goes without saying that should similar misconduct occur, dismissal would be a very likely option for a future board to consider,” the disciplinary panel said.

Sgt. Ray also had “inappropriate and unprofessional” interactions with prospective female employees.

He sent them “disgraceful” emails, took them out for drinks during the hiring process and once falsified security clearance forms for one woman, exaggerating the number of years she’d known one of her character references.

The discipline board said Sgt. Ray’s conduct was “disgraceful because (it) compromised the integrity of the RCMP’s hiring process.”

Sgt. Ray’s “disturbing pattern of activity” dates back to 2006, when he would book a polygraph suite for lunchtime sex with a female subordinate.

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March 30, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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