Tag Archives: Lawrence Manzer
December 8, 2011

When cops can’t be bothered to do the jobs they’re paid to do, they ask for civilian volunteers?

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What does the Fredericton Police Force do when it can’t be bothered to do the job the citizens of Fredericton PAY them to do?  The go have coffee and ask for civilian volunteers to do the job for them.

Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration… I’m sure they aren’t going for coffee, but you get the point, right?

Fredericton Police Chief Barry MacKnight Fredericton Police Chief Barry MacKnight, it would seem, has his brain stuffed somewhere it shouldn’t be and it’s in desperate need of oxygen.

While it is true that the RCMP has its Auxiliary Constable program, where civilians get a little training and help out with routine (but unconstitutional) police tasks like traffic stops, at least they have a real cop standing there beside them to make sure the auxiliary constable doesn’t screw up too badly.

Yes, I realize the Supreme Court of Canada has decreed that police are within their rights to stop vehicles and check to make sure drivers are sober, but that devolved into routine and unconstitutional searches of vehicles a LONG time ago.  (Why else is the policeman shining his flashlight everywhere inside your vehicle if he’s not performing a visual search?)

What the Fredericton Chief is proposing is something quite different.  He wants to train volunteers to run police radar equipment and record all the information so police can issue speeding tickets, all while the police are nowhere to be found.

Am I the only one who sees something horribly wrong with this whole idea?

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October 1, 2011

Everyone’s House is His Castle and Fortress

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This article is intended as a companion piece to Christopher di Armani’s September 28th post titled Ontario Crown Counsel and OPP Finally Find Some Common Sense.

“There exists a law, not written down anywhere but inborn in our hearts; a law which comes to us not by training or custom or reading but by derivation and absorption and adoption from nature itself; a law which has come to us not from theory but from practice, not by instruction but by natural intuition. I refer to the law which lays it down that, if our lives are endangered by plots or violence or armed robbers or enemies, any and every method of protecting ourselves is morally right.”
— Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman statesman, before Christ

In my opinion, the September 27th Ottawa Citizen article explained the Nathan Woods story better than the National Post.

Besides bringing forward the circumstances of Laurence Manzer and Joe Singleton, the Citizen also touched on cases involving Ian Thomson, David Chen and Steve Forde, as well as providing some good thoughts from the neighbours about “being safe in your own home”–the castle law–and anybody crossing the sacred line uninvited does so at his own peril.

No longer do citizens have patience with home invaders…then hear that the police have insensibly charged the victims of the violence.

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September 28, 2011

Ontario Crown Counsel and OPP finally find some common sense

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After nothing but horror story after horror story about homeowners being charged for having the audacity to defend themselves against home invaders, the latest case of an Ontario man stabbing his home invader to death has come to the correct end.

Thank God!

While it seems that common sense has arrived at the offices of Ontario’s Justice Department too late for Ian Thomson, the man who dared defend himself as three scumbags tried to burn his house down with him inside it, it has arrived in time for Nathan Woods and his son.

To quote Meghan Hurley‘s article in the National Post,

An Ontario man who is alleged to have stabbed an intruder to death after a home invasion in Arnprior earlier this month will not be charged.

OPP investigators, in consultation with the Crown attorney’s office, determined that no charges will be laid against the homeowners.

While he apparently told his girlfriend that he was going for a bike ride, Corey Blaskie decided, it would seem, to do a little more than just ride his bike.  That decision, to force his way into the Woods home,  cost him his life.

As it should.

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August 5, 2011

Intruder invades a man’s home, but it’s the home owner who gets charged with aggravated assault

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In what’s becoming a disgusting and disturbing pattern across Canada, it’s once again the law-abiding citizen that is being charged, not the criminal.  Ontario police and Crown prosecutors appear to have an incredible bias against anyone actually defending themselves, their loved ones or their property.

This is just the latest in a long line of legal obscenities to grace the front pages of newspapers across Canada.

This time it’s a 28-year-old man who was walking his girlfriend home when they discovered someone had broken into her home.  Believing his girlfriend’s mother was inside, the boyfriend searched the home to see if she was all right and happened upon the home invader instead.

What ensued is enough to strike terror into anyone faced with similar circumstances, and I’m NOT talking about the fight that left the home invader stabbed and in hospital.  HE got what he deserved.

I’m talking about the the fact that this man has now been charged with aggravated assault.

“The man was charged because it is alleged the stabbing was excessive,” said Toronto Police Constable Tonyo Vella. “It is alleged that he stabbed the man a number of times. He’s fortunate to be alive.”

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July 7, 2011

Lawrence Manzer goes on trial one week from today

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Lawrence Manzer goes on trial one week from today in a case that should never be before the court at all.  The only reason it is appears to be the local RCMP’s hatred of someone doing their job and Crown Prosecutor Paul Hawkins‘ hatred for a decent man doing the right thing when the RCMP won’t.

Hawkins certainly doesn’t seem to have a problem with actual violent criminals or dangers to society being set free; something he does on a regular basis, according to news reports I was able to find recently.  He’s sure got it in for Lawrence Manzer though, that much is clear.

One week from today the trial will go ahead at:

Burton Court House
23 Route 102 Highway
River Road, Burton NB
(Mailing address): P.O. Box 94
Oromocto, NB
E2V 2G4

If you live in the Oromocto area, I would urge you to show up on Friday, July 14th to support one of our military veterans as he faces injustice right here in Canada.

In an email he sent me earlier today, Lawrence Manzer said:

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June 22, 2011

What does New Brunswick Crown Attorney Paul Hawkins have against convicting criminals?

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Paul Hawkins is a Crown Prosecutor in New Brunswick.  He’s the man bringing charges against Lawrence Manzer for the “crime”  of standing on his front porch with his unloaded shotgun while he watched his neighbour, Brian Fox, apprehend one of the drunken little jerks that had been vandalizing their neighbourhood for months.

Originally Hawkins charged Brian Fox with assault, but he eventually dropped that charge.

What is fascinating to watch from a distance is Hawkins’ record when it comes to actual criminals like 18-year-old Wayne Heighton,  who burned down Royal Canadian Legion #93 just for kicks.  Instead of proceeding with arson charges against Heighton, Paul Hawkins dropped the arson charge in favour of a misdemeanor “mischief” charge.

Yeah, that ought to teach the Wayne a lesson or two…

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April 28, 2011

What a difference an imaginary line makes in Police attitude toward civilian firearms ownership

I came across a news story from just south of the BC — Washington State border… you know, the big imaginary line called the 49th Parallel that separates Canada from the United States.  And it smacked me right in the face what a huge difference that imaginary line makes in the attitudes of police towards citizens with firearms.

Here in Canada, for example, the RCMP and every other police force in Canada absolutely hates the idea of honest citizens having firearms.

The Whidbey Island Sheriff’s Department on the other hand, just a few hours south of that imaginary line, encourages it.

The Lawrence Manzer case out in New Brunswick is one of two examples I’ll use that are currently before the courts.

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April 25, 2011

Katey Montague releases video in support of Lawrence Manzer

Canadian Freedom advocate Katey Montague has just published a video to her YouTube website in support of New Brunswick resident Lawrence Manzer, who is facing charges of “possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace.”

Manzer was charged last year after he and neighbour Brian Fox apprehended three drunken teenagers who had been vandalizing and stealing from their neighbourhood for over six months.

In reality it was Brian Fox who did the “apprehending” of one of the teenagers, while Manzer stood on his porch with his unloaded shotgun after asking his wife to call 9-1-1.

In what can be described no other way than an affront to justice, Brian Fox was charged with assault and Manzer with “pointing a firearm” even though he never pointed his unloaded shotgun at anyone.

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April 24, 2011

Are the New Brunswick Crown Prosecutors completely out of touch?

I seriously have to ask the question: Are New Brunswick’s Crown Prosecutors completely out of touch?

I feel compelled to ask this question after hearing about another bizarre decision they’ve made.   The latest case is of 18-year-old Wayne Heighton of Oromocto, New Brunswick.  That’s just down the road from Burton, New Brunswick’s Lawrence Manzer, the man that Crown Prosecutors are charging with “weapon dangerous” for having his unloaded shotgun on his front porch.

If you’re not familiar with that case, check out Katey Montague’s video on the Lawrence Manzer case.  You’ll be horrified and disgusted at the way he’s being railroaded by a so-called justice system bent on rewarding criminals and punishing the good citizens of our country.

But, as usual, I digress…

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April 15, 2011

RCMP member loses his service pistol and doesn’t even know it?

Seriously?

How the heck can you drop your service pistol on the bathroom floor and not even know it?  That’s the question of the hour today as Nova Scotia RCMP try and figure out why a civilian was the one turning in an RCMP standard issue Smith & Wesson 9mm pistol.

Shall I list the charges that any “mere citizen” would face if they dropped their loaded pistol in a public washroom for someone else to find?

Naw… why bother.  We’ll probably never even learn the name of the RCMP member who was so incredibly stupid he deserves to be bounced from the force.

But what we WILL see is Lawrence Manzer’s trial later this year for “weapon dangerous” charges for the “crime” of standing on his doorstep with an unloaded shotgun.

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April 1, 2011

RCMP wants to make New Brunswick Safer? Stop abusing law-abiding citizens!

Assistant RCMP Commissioner Wayne Lang, the man in charge of the RCMP in New Brunswick, was interviewed by the Daily Gleaner a couple of weeks ago.  He spouted the usual rhetoric… and made a surprising statement in light of the Lawrence Manzer case.

Lang said his crime reduction goals can only be achieved through a partnership with the public,

“The only way we are going to do that is if people chip in,” Lang said. “The RCMP (alone) is not going to make New Brunswick the safest province.”

First, I applaud Lang’s decision that working with us mere citizens is actually in the best interests of us both.  Sir Robert Peel’s Nine Principles of Policing might not be dead after all.  There is hope!

 

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March 31, 2011

Shoot a man, get RELEASED from prison??? Only in Canada

Only in Canada can this kind of stupidity go on.  Our so-called “justice” system is so completely broken that only here would we let someone OUT of prison for the crime of shooting another human being.

Curtis Andrew Furlotte has been sitting in jail since he was arrested last December for shooting someone.   Last week at his sentencing hearing, the judge RELEASED him from jail.

For the crime of shooting someone with a handgun Curtis Furlotte was sentenced by provincial court judge Henrik Tonning to time served, plus a 12-month conditional sentence and probation.

On December 12th , while he was ALREADY on probation for other offences, he shot a 32-year-old man in the leg.  The wound was not life-threatening I must assume, given it took the shooting victim three days to report it to the RCMP.

What shocks me about this case is this:

It shows with stark clarity how seriously our so-called justice system takes the crime of attempted murder.  In two words… Not Very.

This case happened just down the road from Burton New Brunswick resident Lawrence Manzer, who, if you’ve followed my ramblings for any time at all, you’ll know was charged with “weapon dangerous to the public peace” after he and neighbour Brian Fox apprehended three drunken punks who’d been vandalizing and stealing from their neighbourhood for over 6 months.

Actually it was Fox who did the apprehending… Manzer never left his front porch, where he stood with his unloaded shotgun, making sure everything was under control while he had his wife dial 9-1-1.  Again..

Throughout the entire 6 months these teenagers were harassing the neighbourhood the RCMP couldn’t be bothered to show up and deal with them.  It wasn’t until Fox and Manzer had done the job the RCMP refused to do that charges were laid.

But not against the drunken kids causing all the trouble… but against Fox and Manzer.

Brian Fox was charged with assault for the “crime” of citizen’s arrest.  Manzer was charged with “pointing a firearm” despite the fact he never pointed it at anyone.  That charge was later dropped in favour of the one he now faces… “weapon dangerous”.

Now, given how seriously New Brunswick’s judiciary takes the actual shooting of someone… my sincere hope is that Manzer is sentenced to “go home”.  After all, he didn’t do anything illegal.  He stood outside his front door with an unloaded shotgun.  He didn’t point it at anyone and he didn’t threaten anyone with the unloaded hunk of metal.

Now, I realize I’m probably living in a dream world, thinking that Manzer will get off scott free on these charges, like he should.

My reason for thinking I’m living in la-la land is that Ontario resident Ian Thomson is currently facing charges for daring to save his own life from three arsonists who literally tried to kill him by burning his house down with Mr. Thomson inside it.

Thomson, a firearms instructor, grabbed one of his firearms from his safe and fired a few shots to scare the attempted murderers away.

It worked.  They ran away like the little cowards they are.

Then the police came.  Instead of arresting the perpetrators and charging them with attempted murder, it’s Ian Thomson who faces charges.

It’s ridiculous.  Utterly ridiculous.

Neither of these cases should EVER have made it to a courtroom.

What SHOULD have happened is both men should have been thanked by the RCMP for doing what needed to be done to stop crimes in progress.

But this is Canada, and the RCMP, like any gang worth it’s thug label, doesn’t like competition.

So they arrest and charge the victims of crime.

Did I say ridiculous?

I mean disgusting.

 

END NOTE:

Yes, there are some very good RCMP constables out there.  I’ve met and worked with some of them.

But there are, it seems, a lot more who act like thugs in a street gang and put down any threat to their “turf”, like Manzer and Thomson.  They’re the ones who need to be removed, and replaced with RCMP members who comprehend that they are here to serve the public, not abuse us at every turn.

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March 23, 2011

Lawrence Manzer Radio Interview on CBC Halifax

Lawrence Manzer, as anyone who’s been following my blog for a while will know,  is the man currently facing charges of “weapon dangerous to the public peace” in Burton, New Brunswick.  His crime?  Stepping onto his porch with an unloaded shotgun to make sure his neighbour was safe.

Manzer’s neighbour Brian Fox was charged with assault for restraining three drunk teenagers who were trespassing and vandalizing his property.  Those charges were later dropped.

He faces a maximum of a $5,000 fine and/or 6 months in jail for daring to protect himself, his family and his neighbours.

This is, to be blunt, utterly absurd.  The three teenagers involved had been vandalizing and stealing from the neighbourhood for 6 months, yet the RCMP was not interested in showing up.  Not until Manzer’s wife dialed 9-1-1 and said they had the young perpetrators in custody.

THEN the RCMP showed up, drove the young offenders home, and came back a week later to charge Fox with assault and Manzer with “weapon dangerous”.

They should have pinned medals on both of them for their amazing community service.

Instead, Manzer will be on trial later this year and will likely, given the stupidity of our [alleged] justice system, be serving some time in the Big House come summer.

 

On March 14th Laurie Manzer was interviewed on CBC Radio 1 Halifax about his case.  Listen to that interview here:

Right-click and select Save-As to Download MP3 of Laurie’s CBC Radio Interview

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