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March 23, 2014

Montreal Police Constable Stephanie Trudeau: Just Another Thug Cop or Simply Misunderstood?

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Montreal Police Constable Stephanie Trudeau is, as evidenced by her own actions, a thug. She makes the tradition of RCMP Constable Geoff Mantler proud.

As is the style of so many police constables today, she is known primarily through her badge number, 728. Constable 728’s primary goal in any interaction with we mere citizens is to ensure our immediate and complete surrender.

Constable Trudeau’s current problems stem from a “overly aggressive arrest” of Serge Lavoie in 2012. The real issue for Trudeau is that she was caught on video “forcefully arresting” and assaulting Lavoie. She clearly learned nothing from Geoff Mantler’s case.

Before assaulting mere citizens, ensure nobody is recording you.

Montreal-Police-LogoConstable Stephanie Trudeau’s actions after the assault were so atrocious the Montreal Police held a press conference specifically condemning her actions and subsequent vulgar description of the events.

Some people are questioning the words that she’s using, the fact that she’s very rude,” said Commander Ian Lafreniere.

The fact is that as an officer no one can be proud of what she’s doing.”

That condemnation is as strongly worded as I’ve ever seen. It is well earned.

The standard response to allegations of police brutality is placing the accused on a paid vacation. True to form, Constable Trudeau was suspended with pay on October 2, 2013.

Yeah, that will teach her a lesson, won’t it?

At least this time she was prohibited from possessing firearms during her paid vacation. That’s probably a first.

Interestingly, she was also ordered to stay away from any member of the Montreal Police Force. She is also forbidden from visiting the police union office unless accompanied by her lawyer.

One wonders why…

At her court hearing Trudeau agreed to “keep the peace” and undergo a 15-day psychiatric evaluation. Her handcuffs were then removed and she was taken to Sherbrooke Hospital.

This is not the first time Constable Stephanie Trudeau aka “Constable 728” made headlines. She rose to internet fame after pepper spraying innocent people at a protest earlier in 2012.

Captured on video, not once but twice she attacks unarmed and defenseless people whose only “crime” is to be standing too close to this loose cannon. Even the cameraman capturing her atrocious actions on video was pepper sprayed repeatedly.

The YouTube video, titled “Constable 728: A Star is Born” has over 747,000 views. It shows very clearly a police constable out of control.

After the video came to the attention of her superiors Constable Stephanie Trudeau was placed on desk duty, and then suspended.

News reports claim Constable Trudeau is “crying a lot” and that it is “very hard for her, what she sees and hears in the media.”

Call me insensitive, but all I have to say about Constable Trudeau’s poor hurt feelings is this:

Tough. You deserve no sympathy from we mere citizens of Canada.

Your own actions put you in this position. You have nobody to blame but the thug you view in the mirror each day. Had you acted like a human being instead of a common bully none of this would be happening.

Now all that remains is for this thug to be fired from the Montreal Police Force.

Cops like this give thousands of honourable police men and women a very bad name.

Police brutality is no joke and until police forces across this nation take this problem seriously good police men and women will continue to be painted with the same thuggish brush Constable Stephanie Trudeau earned herself.

 

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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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December 3, 2012

Shocking But True! Good Cops Really Exist!

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In the midst of the Geoff Mantler police brutality trial it’s easy for us to forget that not all cops are brutal thugs with badges and guns who believe they are above the law.

Some police men and women are actually, believe it or not, genuinely decent and honourable human beings.

One such decent and honourable police officer is NYPD Officer Larry DePrimo and were it not for a photograph taken by an Arizona tourist, the world would never have known what Larry DePrimo did for a homeless man one bitterly cold winter night.

Jennifer Foster of Florence, Arizona, was in New York with her boyfriend when she witnessed DePrimo’s act of generosity and kindness.

Officer Larry DePrimo gave a homeless man a pair of all-weather boots and thermal socks so his feet wouldn’t freeze.

In part, what motivated DePrimo was the rude and insensitive behaviour of some passersby.

They mocked and ridiculed the homeless man and his bare feet.

“It was extremely cold that night,” DePrimo told Fox News on Friday. “I just knew I had to help him.”

DePrimo, an NYPD police officer for under 3 years, downplayed his act of kindness. But he keeps the receipt for his purchase of boots and socks for a homeless man inside his bulletproof vest… a reminder that there is always someone less fortunate than he is.

NYPD Officer Larry DePrimo is an example every police officer should strive to emulate. RCMP Constable Geoff Mantler… not so much.

Oh, that some of our own RCMP members could act with a tiny fraction of the decency shown by this NYPD officer…

 

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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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November 6, 2012

Constable Mike Wasylyshen is the poster-boy for our absurd police complaints process

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In 2002 Edmonton Police Service Constable Mike Wasylyshen took out his police-issued taser and fired it into 16-year-old Randy Fryingpan 8 times in just 68 seconds. On October 9, 2012 Constable Mike Wasylyshen was found guilty of using unlawful force in tasering and then hitting Randy Fryingpan in the head back on October 5, 2002.

It’s taken 10 long years for this case of police brutality to reach the sentencing phase. While that in itself is an outrage, the greater outrage is the proposed penalty for Constable Mike Wasylyshen’s police brutality: a mere 90-115 hours of suspension without pay.

As if this proposed slap on the wrist wasn’t obscene enough, the Edmonton Police Association felt the need to show what a complete joke it is when its president, Tony Sinioni, declared that the recommended penalty is, and I quote:

“a tough pill to swallow.”

Yeah. Right.

I would suggest all the painkillers that Randy’s been taking for the past 10 years are the “tough pills to swallow“, but hey, what do I know?

This Edmonton Police Association buffoon went on to say,

“(It’s) a very significant monetary penalty and one that no member of the public in a criminal court would have ever received.”

The buffoon is correct. We wouldn’t face a monetary penalty. We’d be spending a couple of years in prison.

It is long past time we reformed our entire police complaints process, because this case highlights two things for Canadians.

First, the obscenely low penalties police constables pay when they break the law when compared to the penalties we mere citizens would face in the same situation, and second, the obscenely long time it takes for a complaint of police brutality to come to a conclusion.

Ten years is well beyond absurd.

Robert Hladun, the lawyer for the cop convicted of police brutality, didn’t do his cause any favours when he compared his client’s actions to those of a second grader.

“It’s no different (than if) you did something wrong in Grade 2 and here you are in Grade 11 being penalized for something that happened (10) years ago.”

Constable Wasylyshen was not in grade 2. He was a trained constable with the Edmonton Police Service and had over three years experience on the job. He was an adult. He should be sentenced like one, not slapped on the wrist and told “don’t do it again.”

Randy Fryingpan has to live with the consequences of this brutal attack for the rest of his life. Shouldn’t the man who caused all this pain be sentenced to something greater than a few days without pay?

Nope. Not in Canada. Here we let police constables get away with pretty much anything. Just ask the family of Orion Hutchinson… Or the family of Ian Bush… or the family of Dudley George…

Not a single police member was held responsible in any of those deaths, and that should make us all feel ashamed.

 

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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 12, 2012

Hypocrisy Gone Wild: Niagara Regional Police Constable Nathan Parker files Human Rights complaint after being disciplined for police brutality

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As astounding and incomprehensible as it sounds, a Niagara Regional Police Constable who went berserk on a cyclist on May 6, 2008 filed a human rights complaint against his superiors because they hurt his feelings.

Constable Nathan Parker, who has never shown one iota of remorse for his disgraceful actions of that day, felt hard done by when a police disciplinary board ruled he should be docked 120 hours of pay.  Oh, the poor little hard-done-by crybaby.

Constable Nathan Parker has a history of abusive actions against those I refer to as “mere citizens”.  You know who they are… they’re you, me, our wives and children; anyone who doesn’t wear a badge and gun and call himself a “police officer” when he is merely a police constable.

One such mere citizen, Pino Carbonara, was riding his bicycle down the street on May 6, 2008 when an off-duty Constable Nathan Parker practically ran Carbonara over with his vehicle.  Understandably upset at nearly being killed, Carbonara shook his fist and yelled at the fleeing motorist.  If you can call that a mistake, then Pino Carbonara made one that day and paid the price for it.

Constable Parker pulled over, hopped out of his vehicle and began screaming at the cyclist.  He then grabbed Carbonara and physically pulled him off his bicycle.  His feet still locked into his bike pedals, Carbonara crashed to the ground and was placed in handcuffs. Parker then called for backup and had Carbonara taken to the police station and booked for criminal mischief.

After hearing what went on, not even Parker’s superior officer, Staff Sgt. Chris Scotland, would back Parker’s version of events.  He ordered the thug cop to release Pino Carbonara unconditionally.

He feels he is being picked on by his employer and is the victim of bias.  His actions were those of a bully. He’s shown no remorse and is unapologetic. The actions of Const. Parker are an embarrassment to the whole service,”  said Niagara Regional Police Inspector Lorne Lillico.

As I wrote back on April 27, 2011:

That’s a pretty strong statement from the Blue Wall that your actions were out of line, don’t you think, Constable Parker?

When your own supervisors won’t back your play, one would think you’d get the message that you’ve been out of line.

Naturally, Parker is upset that Carbonara has brought an official complaint against him, as well as a civil suit.

I guess you shouldn’t act like such a colossal jerk if you don’t want to suffer the consequences of your actions, Constable Parker.

Constable Nathan Parker was eventually found guilty of two counts of unlawful exercise of authority under the Police Services Act in June.

As I mentioned at the outset of this article, this isn’t the first time Constable Nathan Parker has abused his authority and been found guilty by police review boards.  It’s not even the second time.  Or the third…

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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 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 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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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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January 22, 2012

Charles LeBlanc: Crackpot blogger or Concerned Citizen being harassed by police?

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This past Thursday morning, January 19th, Charles LeBlanc had eight members of the Fredericton City Police show up at his low-rent apartment.  They arrested him and seized his computer equipment, but they refused to charge him with any crime.

On the surface, it doesn’t look like much, does it?  Just some guy on welfare getting busted by police.  He obviously had it coming for some reason, right?  Nothing to see here, police say, now move along.

Hang on a second.

Whenever the police tell me there is nothing to see here, to just move along, that’s the red flag waving in my face that something clearly deserves a closer look.

A quick web search for the name “Charles LeBlanc” quickly reveals a few things:

Charles has ADHD.

Charles is on welfare.

Charles is a self-proclaimed “Political ADHD Activist”, whatever that means.

Primarily, though, Charles LeBlanc is a guy who walks and bicycles around the streets of Fredericton, New Brunswick, videotaping what goes on in the city before reporting those events on his blog.

Is Charles LeBlanc just another wingnut with a computer, a video camera and too much time on his hands, or is he someone who has a valid viewpoint who is being harassed by Fredericton City Police?

It’s a valid question, and one that Fredericton City Police claim is framed not as a Freedom of Speech or Charter Rights issue, but one of criminal libel of one of their own, an unnamed constable who was allegedly libeled on Charles’ blog last summer.

The fact they have not charged him with any crime is, naturally, entirely beside the point.

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January 8, 2012

British Columbia not the only place killer cops are kept on the payroll. Florida does too.

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I’ve written extensively about cases where RCMP members stationed in British Columbia have murdered citizens and gotten away with it.  It’s happened enough times now that most people recognize there is a very serious issue with accountability within the RCMP, or more specifically, the lack of accountability within the RCMP.

This is not strictly an RCMP issue or even a BC issue. It’s a problem materializing across North America as police forces across the continent become increasingly militarized and place the focus, not on how to deal with people, but on how to crush them under the weight of overwhelming force.

Robert Dziekanski died as a result of that mentality, although you will never hear that from the four men who murdered him, or from the RCMP itself.

Shocking, I know.

As horrifying as the BC deaths of Ian Bush, Robert Dziekanski and Orion Hutchinson are, police in Lee County, Florida, have managed to take that horror and ratchet it up a notch or three.

nick-christie-tortured This photo is of Nick Christie, 62 years old when he died at the hands of police inside the Lee County Jail.

The white cloth covering his face is a spit mask.  He was stripped naked and kept that way for over 48 hours, chained to a chair.

This photo was actually taken about an hour before Nick Christie died as a result of the heinous treatment, torture really, he suffered at the hands of the very people who should have been protecting him.

There was an investigation into Christie’s death, of course.  It was, to be kind, a complete joke.

It was the The District 21 Medical Examiner who investigated the death in Lee County, and as a result Nick Christie’s death was ruled a homicide.

You’d think that a ruling of homicide, the intentional “killing of one human being by another” according to Webster’s dictionary, would result in somebody being held accountable for killing Mr. Christie, right?

Wrong.

Dead Wrong, if you’ll pardon the pun.

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September 8, 2011

The sad tale of two police forces and the differences in how they deal with “high-risk” takedowns

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The other day I wrote about the case of Sammy Sobieh, the Edmonton business owner who was [allegedly] the subject of police brutality at the hands of the Edmonton Police Service.

In the video released to the public of that event, it is clear that Sammy Sobieh is both unarmed and compliant with police demands.  Yes, even though there is no audio and despite the protests of Edmonton Police Services mouthpieces, this is pretty darned clear.

The video shows Mr. Sobieh stop, raise his hands above his head and then turn around before he is swarmed and beaten by three of Edmonton’s “finest.”

While these three armed men clearly felt they were in the right, the common sentiment of “mere citizens” is that these guys were totally out of line.

You don’t have to agree with me on this.  That’s cool.  But I’ve got two videos I want you to watch before you tell me which action is more “reasonable,” the actions of these three Edmonton Police Service members dealing with an unarmed man, or the actions of the Bogota (Colombia) police when dealing with a knife-wielding man who is clearly a threat to everyone near him.

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