Tag Archives: Orion Hutchinson
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 22, 2012

RCMP Corporal Monty Robinson finally quits in disgrace prior to sentencing hearing

RCMP Corporal Monty Robinson has finally done something honourable… if you can call quitting in disgracebefore you’re fired as “honourable”, that is, right before you’re about to be sentenced for obstruction of justice.

As regular readers of my columns will already know, Corporal Monty Robinson has been on paid vacation for the past 4 years.  His troubles seemingly started with his leading the group of men that murdered Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanksi in Vancouver International Airport on October 14, 2007.

Testifying before the inquest into the death of Robert Dziekanski, Robinson [allegedly] lied under oath to that inquest.  He and the rest of his murderous companions all face perjury charges for [allegedly] lying to that inquest.  Those charges have yet to be heard in court.

Then, as if he wasn’t in enough trouble already, while driving home drunk from a party Robinson in October 2008, almost a year to the day after he killed Robert Dziekanski, Monty Robinson smashed his Jeep into Orion Hutchinson’s motorcycle, killing him.

Instead of doing the right thing, i.e. rendering aid to the injured and possibly dead Orion Hutchinson, RCMP Corporal Monty Robinson did the one thing he knew would keep him from facing drunk driving charges: he ran home and slammed down a couple of shots of vodka so nobody could every prove beyond a reasonable doubt what his blood/alcohol level was at the time he killed Orion Hutchinson.

What is laughable is Deputy Commissioner Craig Callens’ assertion that he wishes he could have fired Monty Robinson instead of having the disgraced cop quit.

“While I have been clear that I was seeking his involuntary dismissal, the opportunity to discharge him from the organization this morning was one which eliminated further delays, costs and uncertainty.”

What a complete and utter joke.

The RCMP has protected Robinson from the very start and repeatedly refused to place him on unpaid suspension even after he killed Orion Hutchinson and obstructed all attempts to investigate his part in Hutchinson’s death.

The RCMP and Deputy Commissioner Craig Callens had plenty of opportunities to deal with Monty Robinson.  They simply refused to do so for over 4 long years.  It was the disgraced Mountie himself who finally took action and quit the RCMP.

All Deputy Commissioner Craig Callens did was sign Robinson’s discharge papers.  That’s hardly what I would call being pro-active.

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July 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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June 20, 2012

RCMP Constable Derrick Holdenried suspended without pay for stealing, but Monty Robinson is still on the payroll???

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The RCMP really needs to get its act together when it comes to punishing wrongdoers within its ranks.  The suspension of RCMP Constable Derrick Holdenried for stealing seems outrageous and bizarre when compared to that of killer cop RCMP Corporal Monty Robinson or sexual offender RCMP Sgt Don Ray.

Monty Robinson, you will remember, is the guy who ran home to down a couple of shots of vodka before returning to the scene of his crime.  He didn’t even have the decency to check and see if Orion Hutchinson was even alive.  Running home for more to drink was far more important.

Monty Robinson has remained on the RCMP payroll for almost 4 years now, despite being convicted of obstructing justice in the Hutchinson case.

Then there is Constable Derrick Holdenried.  While I don’t buy his defense that he stole because I attended a horrific suicide scene and have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), I do feel for anyone who has to deal with that sort of horror as part of his or her job.

No matter how horrific that suicide scene was though it does not excuse Constable Holdenried’s being a petty thief, however.

The RCMP isn’t commenting publicly on Holdenried’s case, at least not yet.  Holdenried himself has said that RCMP brass have informed him they want to get rid of him, a statement that baffles me, to be honest.

Stealing is wrong.  That’s not even up for debate.  What is up for debate, however, is how different cases of criminal wrongdoing by RCMP members is dealt with.

The RCMP wants to get rid of Constable Derrick Holdenried for stealing $22 from a community policing station.  I’m not necessarily against his being fired for that.  After all, the men and women who serve in our police forces must be held to a high standard if they are to retain the respect of Canadians.

That being said, why is firing a guy who stole $22 such a critical example to make when killers and serial sexual predators are protected within the RCMP’s ranks?

I don’t get it.  (more…)

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June 6, 2012

RCMP Cpl. Monty Robinson’s stunning lack of character

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I saw a great response to news that RCMP Corporal Monty Robinson’s sentencing date for obstruction of justice charges had been postponed today.

It’s a letter to the editor of The Delta Optimist that perfectly echos my thoughts on this pathetic excuse for a human being.

re: Robinson’s sentencing postponed until July, May 30

Monty Robinson’s defence that his reaction to the incident, namely returning to his home to have a drink because he’s an alcoholic, is laughable and as transparent as his moral character.

After all, character is defined by what we do when no one is looking. He (Monty Robinson) left a dead youth on the road and attempted to cover up the fact he was impaired. Period.

Any person that consistently drinks and drives knows that is an age-old trick to avoid the breathalyzer test.

God knows, we cannot convict Robinson of alcoholism, but he should be prosecuted for his lack of character and obstruction of the truth.

L. McLaren

As I’ve maintained all along, an RCMP member with the moral fibre of a gnat would have at least checked to see if Orion Hutchinson was still alive.  Not Monty Robinson.  Alcoholic or not, there is this little thing called human decency… clearly something Robinson lacks.

And in case RCMP Commissioner Robert Paulson thinks we’re no longer watching… we’re still waiting for you to stop paying RCMP Corporal Monty Robinson and fire him from the RCMP.

That we’re still paying this piece of trash his full salary over 3 years after he killed Orion Hutchinson is nothing short of a national disgrace.

 

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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 26, 2012

RCMP Commissioner Paulson says all the right things about the RCMP’s internal culture of covering up abuses

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RCMP Commissioner Robert Paulson

RCMP Commissioner Robert Paulson is saying all the right things about the RCMP’s internal culture and his desire to overhaul the RCMP’s disciplinary system.

Unfortunately that is not a job he can do on his own.  He needs our help.

But he’s the commissioner of the RCMP, you say… He’s the top dog… why does he need our help?

In order to change the way the RCMP deals with bad cops there must first be changes made to the RCMP Act so technically, it’s the help of Parliament that Paulson needs, not ours.

Politicians respond to the people who cast votes in elections. They respond to the people who ultimately decide whether or not an MP or a Prime Minister gets to keep their job.

That’s where you and I can help Commissioner Paulson… by making sure our elected Members of Parliament know we’re sick and tired of the way bad cops are pampered and protected under both the RCMP Act and the Police Act.

Right now police members who are charged with crimes are placed on paid vacation for the duration of their court proceedings. RCMP Corporal Monty Robinson, for example, is still receiving full pay over 3 years after he crashed into and killed Orion Hutchinson, and despite a criminal conviction for obstruction of justice in that case.

Robinson, instead of even bothering to check to see if Orion Hutchinson was still alive, ran home and downed a couple of shots of vodka to ensure he could not be convicted of impaired driving causing death.  Robinson then lied in court about how many drinks he had at the party and only admitted the truth when witnesses exposed his lies.

Monty Robinson could not be fired despite the fact he has repeatedly lied in court; he was the lead officer in the Robert Dziekanski killing; he then killed Orion Hutchinson while driving home from a party after having 5 drinks. Instead of so much as checking to see if Hutchinson was still alive, Robinson ran home and downed a couple of shots of vodka so he couldn’t be convicted of impaired driving causing death.

Despite all of this Monty Robinson still could not be fired from the RCMP.

That’s how hard it is to get rid of bad cops.

That needs to change.

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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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April 8, 2012

RCMP Cpl. Benjamin Monty Robinson will be sentenced on June 1, 2012

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RCMP Cpl. Benjamin Monty Robinson, the man who killed 21-year-old Orion Hutchinson and then left the scene to have a couple of shots of vodka rather than check to see if Hutchinson was still alive, will be sentenced for obstructing justice on June 1, 2012.

The sentencing date was set this past Wednesday.

Robinson has never been charged with the death of Orion Hutchinson, only with obstructing the investigation into his part into the young man’s death.

Robinson, whose credibility was severely tested after he was caught lying on the stand, is still on the RCMP’s payroll some 3-1/2 years later.

During that entire time I have not found a single news report or shred of evidence that Robinson has any remorse for his actions, or that he feels he even did anything wrong.

He has, of course, lied in court before and still faces perjury charges in connection with the death of Robert Dziekanski.  Robinson and 3 other RCMP members are all accused of lying under oath to cover up their part in killing the Polish immigrant.

It is repulsive to me that a cop could leave the scene of an accident he caused without even bothering to see if the man he hit was still alive.  It appears that running home for a couple of shots of vodka to screw up any chance of being charged with impaired driving was far more important than a young man’s life.

Over the past few years I’ve written extensively about this disgraceful and pathetic example of the RCMP, and odds are good that I’ll be writing more about him as he is sentenced for this crime, and when he finally comes to trial for perjury in the Dziekanski case.

According to news reports Robinson will be sentenced at New Westminster’s BC Supreme Court building.

While I have not confirmed it, I suspect that Orion Hutchinson’s parents will be in court to see if any actual justice is served.  The maximum sentence that Robinson can receive is 10 years and it is my ardent prayer that he receives that for his crime.

It’s a disgrace beyond words that this guy is still being paid his full RCMP salary.  Maybe sometime this year the RCMP will see their way clear to finally remove this piece of trash from the payroll.

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April 1, 2012

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

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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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March 24, 2012

RCMP Corporal Benjamin Monty Robinson finally dealt some small measure of justice

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Orion Hutchinson was a young man with a bright future ahead of him.  That is, until he was killed by RCMP Corporal Benjamin Monty Robinson.  On Friday the disgraced RCMP corporal was finally convicted of a charge of obstruction of justice.  He has never been charged with the death of Orion Hutchinson.

Robinson, who has graced the pages of this website many times for his atrocious behaviour in both the Robert Dziekanski and Orion Hutchinson killings, may now finally be stripped of his lucrative paid holiday.

Much to my disgust and the disgust of many others across Canada, RCMP Corporal Benjamin Monty Robinson has been paid his full salary since being suspended from active duty over three years ago.  That’s three years of vacation paid for by you and me, all because the RCMP is too cowardly to get rid of awful cops like Robinson.

Robinson left the scene of the accident that cost Orion Hutchinson his life without even bothering to check to see if the young man was alive.  It was far more important to him to run home with his kids and down a couple of shots of vodka than see if the man he had struck was alive.

That total disregard for human life is one of the reasons I’ve been so outspoken about this case.  There is absolutely NO PLACE in the RCMP for men so grossly lacking in character and moral fibre as Monty Robinson.

We “mere citizens” depend on police to do the right thing, not run from the scene of their crimes like common criminals.

Yes, we all make mistakes.  But anyone with even the slightest sense of humanity and compassion would, at the very least, check to see if the man laying in the middle of the intersection was alive.

Not Monty Robinson.  His only thought was of how to get away with drinking, driving and killing a man.

“This was a serious situation that resulted in a fatality. A veteran off-duty police officer acting reasonably would not have behaved as Robinson did. This was not a simple error of judgment, mistake, or inadvertence,” Madam Justice Janice Dillon said.

I’m gratified to see Justice Dillon making this point so clearly.  (more…)

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December 6, 2011

Gamil Gharbi Day: a memorial to a lunatic and Canada’s dedication to punishing the people who did NOT commit the crime

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As anyone following the mewling cries of Windy Wendy Cukier and the vitriol spewing forth from Lying Heidi Rathjen is already aware, today, December 6th, is the day we remember an insane madman and the 14 women he murdered in his misogynistic rage.

Rathjen, in particular, has clearly gotten her knickers in a very big twist.  Left-wing media outlets are, of course, helping fan the flames of her rage by giving her free and open access to their newspapers and television cameras.

Lest we actually forget that real people actually died on this fateful day in 1989, here are the names of the slain women for us all to remember:

  1. Geneviève Bergeron
  2. Hélène Colgan
  3. Nathalie Croteau
  4. Barbara Daigneault
  5. Anne-Marie Edward
  6. Maud Haviernick
  7. Barbara Marie Klueznick
  8. Maryse Laganiere
  9. Maryse Leclaire
  10. Anne-Marie Lemay
  11. Sonia Pelletier
  12. Michèle Richard
  13. Annie St-Arneault
  14. Annie Turcotte

 

These are the names that Windy Wendy and Lying Heidi never want us to forget, and that is commendable.  We shouldn’t forget them.

We should also never forget the names Ian Bush, Robert Dziekanski and Orion Hutchinson either, but I don’t see any memorials being offered to the men murdered by RCMP members, do you?

Or how about Doreen LeClair, Corrine McKeown or Janice Kinna? They all died after 911 was called. LeClair and McKeown called 911 5 times and couldn’t get anyone to come to their aid.  Janice Kinna died while police took their sweet time (over 30 minutes) getting to her home.

Where are the monuments to these men and women who died directly or indirectly because of the failure of police?

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November 29, 2011

Christy Clark Caves in to RCMP Contract Negotiations

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While hardly a surprise, I was holding out hope that the so-called “savior” of British Columbia, unelected Premier Christy Clark, would actually stand up to Ottawa and show the citizens of this fine province who is running the show.

Apparently, the answer to that is quite simple: Ottawa.

Yesterday, just one hour after word leaked that BC and Ottawa were about to sign a deal that would subject British Columbians to another 20 years of RCMP rule, Ex-Newfoundland Premier Brian Peckford and the leader of the BC Conservative Party presented a report that called the RCMP “inept and outdated.”

Those enamoured with Christy Clark’s ongoing (endless?) election campaign are naturally quick to defend both the unelected Premier and the RCMP.

However, as anyone who reads my columns on a regular basis will already know, Mr. Peckford’s report makes it quite clear that the RCMP has a very long way to go in restoring public confidence in that once-proud crime-fighting force.

“It is impossible to come away from even a cursory review of the material with a positive view of the RCMP.

A once proud force highly regarded both nationally and internationally has become inept and anachronistic. No doubt there are many hard-working, honest officers doing an admirable job all over Canada. But their structure and leadership and some of their fellow officers have let them down.”

In a word, precisely.

The RCMP does have many fine constables both here in BC and across the country.  Just yesterday I wrote about one of those inspiring examples, Constable Jim Moir, who sacrificed himself to save a 15-year-old girl from being crushed by a sanding truck.

Whether true or not, the perception here in British Columbia is certainly that RCMP members like Constable Jim Moir are in the minority.

I could easily list dozens of names of RCMP members who do not fit the Jim Moir mold.  If you want a laundry list of what’s wrong with the RCMP, just click on my Police Misconduct category and you will spend the better part of the next two days reading articles all about it.

That being said and even though I seem to have an endless series of bad cops to write about, the reality is, at least, a little different from the perception.

Over 6,400 RCMP members are stationed in British Columbia.  That is almost one third of the entire RCMP force.

That’s a staggering statistic given the size of our nation.

While I hardly write about EVERY case of RCMP misconduct (who can?), I do write about a lot of them.  If I’ve written about 100 bad cops here in BC, that amounts to 1.5625% of the RCMP members currently stationed here.

Triple that to include the ones I haven’t written about and the ones the public isn’t aware of yet, and we get to roughly 4.7%.

The sad and pathetic reality is that police forces, the RCMP included, are made up of human beings.  Human beings will always be subject to failure on ethical and moral grounds.  That is simply a reality of our world.

We will always have bad and/or corrupt cops.

There is no way around it.

Almost 5% of a province’s police force being guilty of misconduct or worse is, in a word, unacceptable.

What the RCMP is lacking, however, hasn’t got anything to do with whether or not it has bad cops.

It’s got to do with the culture of secrecy and that Fat Blue Wall institutionalized by the RCMP Brass that has the force going to extraordinary lengths to protect and defend the most heinous actions committed by its members.

That’s the true failure of the RCMP in British Columbia and Canada as a whole.

It has nothing to do with whether or not we have bad or corrupt cops.  Every police force will have them to one degree or another.

How we deal with those bad cops is the true measure of any police force.

The true failure of the RCMP in British Columbia (and the rest of Canada) is that the corporate culture of the RCMP is to protect and hide those bad apples, instead of ousting them immediately.

Were the RCMP to take a Zero-Tolerance Policy against conduct and criminal violations by its members, we could restore confidence in the RCMP inside 6 months.  It wouldn’t take any time at all.

Unfortunately, until the RCMP’s internal culture changes, until those in charge of the RCMP are willing to side with the public instead of corrupt cops, nothing will change.

The solution is quite simple.

Solutions generally are.

Implementing those solutions, of course, is where the rubber hits the road.

Given that our unelected and so far unaccountable Premier, Christy Clark, has just committed BC to another 20 years of RCMP rule without addressing these concerns doesn’t bode well for the next Ian Bush, Robert Dziekanski or Orion Hutchinson, does it?

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November 10, 2011

The worst of Mankind and the Best of Mankind

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Human beings are, at best, disgusting and depraved creatures.  This was proven again (as if it needed to be) when dozens of people in China showed exactly how deeply depraved we human beings can be.

On October 13th, on a busy street in the Guangfo Hardware Market in China, a toddler walks across the road and is struck by not one, but two vehicles, neither of whom could be bothered to stop check on the child they had just run over.

That isn’t even the worst of it, as horrifying as that thought is…

The worst of it is the dozens of bystanders that just carried on as if nothing at all had happened… while a two-year-old girl, Yue Yue, lay dying in the middle of the street.

One newspaper said a total of 18 people ignored the child as she lay bleeding and battered in the middle of the road. She died this week from her injuries and I doubt anything would have changed that outcome, sadly.  Being run over by two vehicles causes a lot of damage to the human body, and even more so to a child’s.

Lest anyone be so ignorant as to believe this is a Chinese problem, rest assured it is not.

Here in Canada we have serving RCMP members acting equally depraved.

RCMP Corporal Monty Robinson, for example, walked away from the scene of the accident where he killed 21-year-old Orion Hutchinson, and later claimed he was concerned about getting his kids home.

Any man with a shred of character in his body would render first aid to the man that lay dying in the street, but not Corporal Monty Robinson.  Getting his kids home and downing a quick couple of shots of vodka was far more important than attempting to save a man’s life.

So no, we Canadians are hardly the sort of people that can lay claim to being “superior” to anyone.

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October 28, 2011

RCMP Corporal Benjamin Monty Robinson: Reason #4 for BC to Dump the RCMP

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RCMP Corporal Monty Robinson is pretty much the poster-boy for everything that’s wrong with the RCMP, both here in British Columbia and across the nation.

Corporal Robinson’s case shows us the stark, horrific reality of the inner workings of the RCMP itself:

  • how the RCMP has no real desire for accountability,
  • the incredible lengths the RCMP will go to in order to “protect one of their own” from prosecution,
  • it’s complete lack of ability to hold its own members accountable for their actions,
  • their inability to fire bad cops and, as if it needs to be said after all that,
  • the complete lack of character of far too many RCMP members.

 

The RCMP has not been accountable in a very long time.

Robert Dziekanski’s murder at the hands of RCMP Corporal Monty Robinson and three RCMP Constables and the resulting attempted cover-up by them and the rest of the RCMP shows just how ingrained the culture of secrecy is behind that Fat Blue Wall.

Everyone is well aware with the Robert Dziekanski case.  I won’t delve into the gory details of that here since practically everyone has seen the video tape themselves.

I won’t bother getting into how Corporal Monty Robinson and his cohorts seized the videotape that caught their heinous actions on tape or how the RCMP then refused to return the tape to its lawful owner until he threatened a lawsuit.

I won’t bother with the fact that all four RCMP members who killed Robert Dziekanski have been charged with perjury for their [alleged] lying to the Braidwood Inquiry.

All of that speaks for itself and the lack of integrity of all four of these men.

I’ll be dealing with the actions of Corporal Monty Robinson about a year after he and his three cohorts killed Robert Dziekanski.

They tell the tale of a man who believes he is utterly above the law; a man who believes he is not accountable for anything he does, or for the lives he takes.

I give you Corporal Benjamin Monty Robinson – Posterboy for why British Columbia should NOT renew the RCMP policing contract for another 20 years.

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September 19, 2011

Suspension with pay for killing a man, suspension without pay for not going to a pro-Islamic meeting?

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In this tale of two police forces, I’ll be delving into two cases of police suspensions and examine what constitutes grounds for suspension without pay in an American city police force, and then what constitutes grounds for suspension with pay in the RCMP.

First up, the Oklahoma City Police.

I was horrified a while back when I read about the case of Oklahoma Police Captain Paul Fields, who was suspended from duty without pay for refusing to order the men and women under his command to attend a religious event at a local mosque.

Under the politically-correct name of “Law Enforcement Appreciation Day”, the Islamic Society of Tulsa was hosting the event ostensibly to thank Tulsa police officers for their handling of a threat against the mosque.

While describing attendance at the event ‘voluntary”, Deputy Chief Daryl Webster said “but should voluntary response not be up to task, assignment would be the next alternative.”

Voluntary just doesn’t mean what it used to, does it?

I remember with fondness the days where it meant, just like Webster’s Dictionary defines it as:

1. proceeding from the will or from one’s own choice or consent;
2. unconstrained by interference;
3. done by design intention
4. having power of free choice

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June 28, 2011

RCMP who killed Robert Dziekanski face Perjury Charges

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RCMP Constable  Gerry Rundel, RCMP Constable Bill Bentley, RCMP Corporal Monty Robinson and RCMP Constable Kwesi Millington, the four men who killed Robert Dziekanski in Vancouver International Airport, have now been charged with perjury for lying about their actions to the inquiry into Robert Dziekanski’s death.

Thank God for that.

These four men took all of about 15 seconds before killing Dziekanski and then refusing him medical aid until it was too late.

At the time of the killing these men lied, only to have their lies refuted by video evidence filmed by one of the bystanders in the airport at the time.

That video was immediately seized, and it wasn’t until the rightful owner of that video threatened to sue the RCMP that the video was returned.

It was then released on YouTube and the whole world watched in horror as these trained policemen killed a man in under two minutes.

While many believe these four are getting away with murder (me included), for at least one of this foursome, it’s not the last time he’s gotten away with killing someone.

RCMP Corporal Monty Robinson, about a year after he took part in killing Robert Dziekanski, decided to have a few too many and then drive home.

Unfortunately for 21-year-old Orion Hutchinson, his path fatally crossed with that of [allegedly] drunken RCMP Corporal Monty Robinson.

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