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May 9, 2014

Former NFA President Jim Hinter, aka James Murray, Faces New Criminal Charges

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James-Hinter-aka-James-MurrayIt took almost 10 years, but now there is an explanation for former National Firearms Association President Jim Hinter’s disappearance from the world.

Turns out Jim Hinter didn’t disappear at all; he simply decided using his first and last name might cause him problems, given the allegedly criminal nature of his demise from the NFA.

Hinter is currently listed as the president of a media website, NetNewsLedger.

NetNewsLedger is a website based in Thunder Bay, Ontario, where Jim Hinter is listed as “James Murray, Chief Content Officer” as well as “James Murray, President” on their “About NNL” web page.

NetNewsLedger.com

offers news, information, opinions and positive ideas for Thunder Bay, Ontario“.

NFA-logoWhile nobody from Canada’s National Firearms Association would say it on record, off the record Jim Hinter’s removal from the NFA presidency was shrouded in allegations of fraud. While he never faced criminal charges for those allegations, Jim Hinter left town so fast he forgot to remove one of his cowboy action handguns from of the gun safe at NFA’s Edmonton headquarters.

You may recall back in 2002 he faced a criminal charge of careless use of a firearm after he tried clearing a jammed handgun in his home, sending a bullet through the wall into his neighbour’s apartment. The gun jammed while he was at a shooting range and instead of dealing with the issue there, he took the still-loaded firearm home. After a lengthy trial Hinter was found not guilty of careless use of a firearm in a Calgary courtroom.

The negligent discharge was a black eye for both Jim Hinter and Canada’s National Firearms Association at the time.

Once again Jim Hinter, currently living in Ontario under the alias James Murray, faces firearm-related criminal code charges.

According to the CBC story that revealed Hinter’s whereabouts:

Thunder Bay police have charged a city man with firearms-related offences in connection with the seizure of weapons in September 2012. Police report they were called to an apartment in the 100 block of North Edward St. after a landlord discovered a number of firearms allegedly belonging to a former tenant. Officers seized 23 firearms, including eight handguns and a large quantity of ammunition.

On Tuesday police located and arrested 53-year-old James Murray Hinter as a result of their investigation. Hinter is charged with unsafe storage of six firearms, and unauthorized possession of all 23 of the seized firearms. He has been released from custody on a promise to appear in court on May 27.

We wish Mr. Hinter good luck as he faces this latest round of criminal charges. He appears to be doing good work in the Thunder Bay community and it would be a shame if that work ended with him in a prison cell.

 

 

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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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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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RCMP Sergeant Owen Wlodarczak

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 16, 2011

Sentencing Double-Standard rears its ugly head again. Kelowna RCMP Staff Sergeant gets a wrist-slap for assault and firearm charges

Kelowna RCMP Staff Sergeant Owen Wlodarczak

Imagine, if you will, that you have a very bad day. You go home, punch your wife in the face 6 or 8 times while your children watch in horror, then you put a gun to your wife’s head and threaten to kill her.  Your children watch the whole terrible scene go down.

You are arrested and charged, and you plead guilty to assault and careless use of a firearm.

What sentence do you think you’d get for that?

If you’re a civilian, just for starters there would be a  lifetime firearms prohibition order against you.  You would then be spending the next 5 to 10 years behind bars.

But you’re NOT a civilian… you’re an RCMP Staff Sergeant.

You don’t go to prison. You don’t even get the firearms prohibition order.

The judge sends you home and basically says, “Don’t let it happen again.”

Staff Sergeant Owen Wlodarczak was handed a three-year conditional discharge after pleading guilty to charges of assault and careless use of a firearm.

It sure must be nice to receive such special treatment after terrorizing your entire family at gunpoint, yet that’s exactly the kind of special treatment Kelowna RCMP Staff Sergeant Owen Wlodarczak received on August 9th at the hands of Justice Vincent Hogan.

Am I the only one that finds it impossible to believe Justice Hogan would sentence us regular folk the same way?

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