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December 6, 2012

Thug RCMP Constable Geoff Mantler suddenly pleads guilty?




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?



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



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


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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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 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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April 1, 2012

RCMP Member forgets loaded handgun on BC Ferry. Imagine if you or I did that…


Sometimes things happen. Everyone forgets a bag now and then. It happens to even the most diligent person. But when you are a serving member of the RCMP and your carry bag contains your loaded service pistol… well… there’s going to be a bit of a problem, isn’t there?

Now I commend the unnamed RCMP member for immediately notifying his superiors of his screwup. I actually appreciate that a lot, as it means this person actually has a sense of duty and obligation to do the right thing. That is important, especially in the wake of such recent high-profile examples of the exact opposite.

Disgraced RCMP Corporal Monty Robinson comes immediately to mind.

Robinson, as I have written about extensively here on this site, did the complete opposite of the Mountie who forgot his loaded service pistol on board a BC Ferry. Unlike that man, Robinson did everything he possibly could to obfuscate and confuse the issue, to avoid owning up to his mistake that cost a man his life.

The thought of acting like a real man and owning up to his mistakes is clearly beyond Corporal Monty Robinson.

So when I say I appreciate that the unnamed RCMP member, in the case of the forgotten handgun, immediately stepped forward and admitted his mistake, I mean it. I am being very sincere.

In the ranks of the RCMP this ability to admit a mistake is sorely lacking, so seeing a man do so in this case gives me some small measure of hope for the RCMP.

Everyone makes mistakes.

It takes a real man to stand up, admit it and face the consequences, whatever they may be. He’ll undoubtedly have some sort of reprimand placed on his record and he might even get a few days suspension without pay. All that is as it should be.

Because he is a serving member of a police force, the odds of his being charged with a crime are pretty slim. Unless evidence comes to light about this person that proves he is a real scumbag (which I doubt given his actions so far), I’d actually prefer he NOT be charged with a Criminal Code offense.

Yes, that’s a little shocking coming from me, isn’t it? (more…)

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September 5, 2011

Edmonton Police Service showcases their very own thugs with badges and guns

Sammy Sobieh

The Edmonton Police Service showed they weren’t about to let the RCMP or Toronto Police Service show them up when it comes to police brutality; that they could hold their own against any police force in the country when it comes to beating the crap out of the citizens they are supposedly there to protect.

Sammy Sobieh released video that he claims shows members of the Edmonton Police Service merrily engaging in a round of police brutality.

“I need these guys to be punished as thugs, as any thug that assault somebody — because it wasn’t called for.”

Sobieh, a 60-year-old business owner, was arrested and charged with assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon and uttering threats after his beating at the hands of Edmonton’s Finest.

The video showing him at the time of his “incident”, as the Edmonton Police refer to it, shows he is not armed and is attempting to be compliant with the police constables’ demands.

As he turns his back they swarm him, take him to the ground and then beat him.

The video does not show Mr. Sobieh resisting in any way or showing any aggression toward the constables that could explain their sudden attack.   During the entire incident one constable has his weapon aimed at Mr. Sobieh.  The only sensible thing the video clearly shows is that the constable’s finger was NOT on the trigger.


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September 1, 2011

RCMP Constable Geoff Mantler will go on trial for kicking Buddy Tavares in the face


RCMP Constable Geoff Mantler will go on trial for kicking Buddy Tavares in the face.

That’s great news.

The only down-side?  It will be well over a year from now before that trial starts.  The trial will begin on November 26, 2012, and for reasons beyond my comprehension, they say it will take three weeks to decide whether or not  Mantler is guilty of assaulting Buddy Tavares.

The judge will not be from Kelowna because of the number of Kelowna RCMP members scheduled to testify in the case.

Using logic only a lawyer can put forth with a straight face, Mantler’s lawyer had the audacity to say this:

“It’s a notorious case. We’ve all seen the video ad nauseam,” McDougall told Judge Ellen Burdett in a pre-trial conference. “What I want to know is, ‘What were you knowing? What were you thinking?’ . . . Then you go to reasonableness.”

Seriously?  Reasonableness?  I don’t care what standard you want to use, there was nothing “reasonable” about Geoff Mantler’s actions that day.

Who gives a crap what he was thinking?

The guy was caught on video putting Buddy Tavares on his knees on the ground, and then brutally kicked him in the face.  Tavares was fully compliant with every demand Mantler made.

That didn’t stop Constable Geoff Mantler from acting like a thug, did it?   Can you imagine if Buddy Tavares had actually done anything?

This guy is a menace to any citizen in his path and he should never be allowed to carry a badge and gun again.


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July 13, 2011

Buddy Tavares sues RCMP Constable Geoff Mantler and I hope he wins

Send RCMP Constable Geoff Mantler to prison

Buddy Tavares, the man [allegedly] kicked brutally in the face by RCMP thug… I mean constable Geoff Mantler, has filed a lawsuit against Constable Geoff Mantler, Mantler’s female partner, the Attorney General of BC and the City of Kelowna.

Fantastic!  If there is any common sense left in our justice system, this lawsuit should be a slam-dunk, especially considering that senior RCMP members apologized to Buddy Tavares personally.

Send RCMP Constable Geoff Mantler to prisonNow I have to say that the thug, Geoff Mantler, [allegedly] kicked Buddy Tavares in the face because even though it was caught on video for the whole world to see, the thug cop has not been convicted of the crime in court.


When the case first made national and international news, Constable Geoff Mantler was initially placed on what I like to call a “paid vacation.”  Once the Abbotsford Police Department completed their investigation and recommended charges against Mantler, that paid vacation was converted into a suspension without pay, like it should have been in the first place.

What’s shocking about cases like this is that Geoff Mantler is one of the very few who have actually been placed on an unpaid suspension.  There are currently a number of RCMP members on paid suspension that have been collecting paychecks and even raises for NOT going to work for over three years.

As bizarre as it sounds to me and perhaps you, Geoff Mantler is actually going to plead not guilty in court later this month.  Apparently this pathetic excuse for an RCMP constable (and for a man) actually believes he did no wrong.

Everyone on the planet is ashamed of Geoff Mantler’s actions except, it seems, for Geoff Mantler himself.  This isn’t the first time (or even the second) that he’s been accused of using excessive force against civilians.  He absolutely disgusts me.

His denial of reality also tells me the RCMP is in desperate need of revamping the RCMP recruiting process, as I wrote about the other day.

The current RCMP recruitment process, if judged by recent news stories, would seem to go something like this:

  • Are you willing to beat the shit out of someone for making rude comments about police?  If yes, please continue with questionnaire.
  • If an inmate talks back to you, is that cause to beat him so severely he has to be sent to hospital? If yes, please continue with questionnaire.
  • Are you willing to lie in court to cover up your violation of the Charter Rights of a civilian?  If yes, please continue with questionnaire.
  • Are you willing to drive drunk, even doing so kills an innocent civilian? If yes, please continue with questionnaire.
  • Do you believe cheating on your wife with a street prostitute is a good idea? If yes, please continue with questionnaire.
  • Will you use the CPIC database for your own personal ends even though doing so is a violation of the RCMP’s own rules?  If yes, please continue with questionnaire.

If you have answered YES to all of these questions, please report to RCMP DEPOT in Regina immediately.

We’ve had so many cases of RCMP misconduct surface recently that the issue would appear to be systemic, not just a series random thug cops.

My favourite RCMP Poster-Boy for everything wrong with the RCMP is, of course, Corporal Monty Robinson.  He epitomizes everything that is wrong with the RCMP.  He killed two men.  He lied about killing the first one in court.  He was [allegedly] drunk when he killed the second man, and then ran home to pound back a couple shots of vodka so he couldn’t get nailed for impaired driving.  He refused to cooperate with investigators.

To top off the obscenity that is RCMP Corporal Monty Robinson, he’s been on a paid vacation for the past three years.  He’s even getting pay raises while he doesn’t go to work.  How’s that for disgusting?

Robinson, sadly for us all, is not alone though.  There is a long line of men wearing the RCMP’s uniform that should never have been allowed near the service.

The list of morally-bankrupt RCMP members seems endless…  Constable Geoff Mantler, RCMP Constable Shyamal Ramlu, RCMP Constable Gerry Rundel, RCMP Constable Bill Bentley, RCMP Corporal Monty Robinson, RCMP Constable Kwesi Millington, RCMP Sergeant Douglas Smith, RCMP Constable Todd Glasman, RCMP Constable Matt Wright, RCMP Constable Nick Sharma, RCMP Constable Desmond Sandboe, RCMP Constable Andy Yung, Constable Allan Douglas Roberts (illegal search) are just the ones that come easily to mind.

One commenter on a story of RCMP misconduct said,

“BC seems to be the RCMP’s dumping ground for bad cops.”

It’s hard not to agree with that comment.  BC does seem to have a much higher proportion of RCMP misconduct than any other province… a topic I’ll be writing about more in the days to come.  I’ve found some interesting research that shows how atrocious the RCMP is at getting rid of their bad apples.


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