Tag Archives: RCMP accountability
August 14, 2012

Sadly RCMP Commissioner Robert Paulson is learning why his predecessor failed so miserably

RCMP Commissioner Robert Paulson

RCMP Commissioner Robert Paulson

RCMP Commissioner Robert Paulson is on record saying he wants to clean up the RCMP and get rid of the bad apples that are spoiling the barrel of decent cops.

It’s a commendable position to take, even if he’s not the first to attempt the monumental task of rebuilding the RCMP’s shattered image and lost confidence of the public.  His predecessor, William Elliott, also tried to clean up the RCMP and got absolutely nowhere.

At the time this failure was said to be the fault of Elliott himself because he wasn’t a career RCMP man and didn’t understand the culture.  Give that Paulson is hitting the exact same brick wall that Elliott did, I propose that the issue is not a lack of understanding of RCMP culture, but one of understanding it all too well.

Resistance to Change.  It’s the death-knell of any attempt to change a system from within, and the internal culture of the RCMP is highly resistant to change.

On an individual level, if you’re attempting to make positive changes in your life you can bet your bottom dollar that the people who will fight you most on that change are the people who that change affects most.

For example, if you’re finding that you’re drinking more than you ought and try changing that behavior, the folks fighting you hardest on that change will be your drinking buddies.  The reason is quite simple… if you think you’re drinking too much and need to stop, what does that say about them?

When you take that concept to the corporate level the resistance increases exponentially.

We are not all a bunch of screw-ups but it is evident we are all being lumped into that category and we are not valued and trusted,” BC RCMP Staff Sgt. Tim Chad wrote to Commissioner Paulson in an email in July.

Despite the complaints of Staff Sgt. Tim Chad, the entire world knows the RCMP isn’t filled with jackbooted thugs who drag their knuckles on the ground.  Even someone as critical of the RCMP as me can quite easily comprehend that simple fact.

For Chad to get so upset about the need to reform the internal culture of the RCMP only makes me question what it is he may have to hide or why he believes (presuming he believes he is one of the good cops) that he is being lumped in with the bad RCMP members.

Unless Staff Sgt. Tim Chad is “living under a rock”, as Commissioner Paulson suggested, then it must be blatantly obvious to him that the RCMP has some serious internal issues.

Staff Sgt. Tim Chad must be completely out of touch with reality if he can’t see the RCMP has an atrocious record with the public and, as a result, the public (that would be the very people he’s supposed to be serving and protecting) have absolutely no confidence or trust in the RCMP as a whole.

Studies have shown that confidence in the RCMP is lowest in British Columbia and is hardly a surprise given the public perception is that BC is the dumping ground for all the RCMP’s bad apples.

Cases of RCMP members using excessive force are so commonplace nobody is even surprised when another story breaks.  It’s become the norm.

That is, in a word, wrong.

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June 8, 2012

RCMP Sgt. Don Ray and Donald Bakker: two sexual offenders treated very differently by RCMP Brass

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Most people, at least here in British Columbia, are familiar with the case of disgraced RCMP Staff Sgt. Don  Ray.  He’s the former head of Edmonton RCMP’s polygraph unit who liked to party and have sex with co-workers in his office.  His sexual misconduct dates back at least as far as 2006, according to news reports.

After Staff Sgt. Don Ray was demoted one rank to sergeant and given, wait for it, a 10 day suspension, he was transferred to British Columbia where, we are assured, his superiors will “keep an eye on him.”

Yeah, whatever.

Sgt. Don Ray is protected from public scrutiny by his RMCP superiors including RCMP Deputy Commissioner Craig Callens who assures us Ray will be monitored closely.

What exactly do I mean when I say he is being protected by RCMP brass?  Specifically, that the RCMP refuses to say where Sgt. Don Ray has been stationed here in BC.

To quote my friend Don Laird in a recent email exchange on the subject of the disgraced Mountie:

The reality is that if he (Sgt. Don Ray) had done this in a playground, in any other workplace or in any other setting he would have been arrested, charged, convicted and, potentially, labeled as a sexual predator or offender by law enforcement with the requirement to inform local authorities of his presence. Further, he would not be allowed in the presence of children, etc.  The corporation/company he was working for would have fired him and his affected co-workers would have commenced lawsuits against him either through tribunals or litigation.

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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

RCMP Commissioner Robert Paulson

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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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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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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May 31, 2011

“RAV” writes that I’m talking down RCMP Constable Matt Wright without good cause

A reader wrote me last night expressing grave concern over my article about RCMP Constable Matt Wright, wondering how I can possibly sleep at night.

First, here is the full comment that “Rav” emailed to me, followed by my response:

From: rav <rav@xxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Regarding your article regarding RCMP officer Matt Wright

I would like to know where you got the information from regarding
the article you wrote about the RCMP officer Matt Wright. I find
that you don’t state where you got your information from, so how
are we to believe what you are writing is factual? You have a code
of ethic, do you follow it? If what you wrote is 100% factual then
how come you don’t specify where the information was attained?

I think that you were taking out your own frustration on someone
that you don’t know. To ruin a police officer’s credibility is huge.
How do you sleep at night? You are a sad, pathetic person

Clearly “Rav”, whoever he or she is, is unfamiliar with Constable Matt Wright’s history and did not bother to actually read my article, or the Ottawa Citizen article that brought him to my attention.

It’s not me who’s destroyed Constable Matt Wright’s reputation… it’s Constable Matt Wright himself.

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May 18, 2011

Police are treated differently than the rest of us when they break the law

To those who say the law is applied equally to citizens and police, I’ve only got one word:

Bullshit.

I’ll cite the case of Chilliwack RCMP constable Matt Wright this time to make my point.

RCMP Constable Wright, according to the Ottawa Citizen article on his case, is a former military man.   Generally speaking, military men comprehend honour, integrity and right from wrong.  Clearly Constable Wright missed out on those character traits.

He was found to have breached the RCMP Code of Conduct twice… here’s the lowdown on the first case, which is minor in comparison to the one I’ll address in a moment.

Const. Matt Wright’s police work was anything but textbook the day he made an arrest in a street-level drugs and money bust.

The RCMP constable, a former military man, never fully documented the bag of pills and wad of cash he seized.

Then two months later, after working late at the Chilliwack, B.C. detachment, Wright, left with a box containing files, his notebooks, RCMP identification card, and the seized money and drugs.

He loaded the box into his personal vehicle and later that same night reported it had been stolen from his car. Everything was recovered, except the drugs and money. It is impossible to know what kind or the exact amount of drugs because they were never fully documented, nor was the cash. Wright says it was a bag of about 50 blue pills and a “thin wad” of cash, that contained at least one $20 note on the outside.

In an internal disciplinary ruling in Ottawa dated March 28, Wright, who admitted the allegations, was docked two days pay for neglect of duty.

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April 16, 2011

RCMP constables continue to show a complete lack of common sense

An unnamed RCMP constable with only 18 months on the job tazered an 11-year-old boy outside of Prince George. Reports say there were three RCMP members on the scene at the time.

Are three trained adults really so terrified of a single 11-year-old that they have to resort to tazering a child?  If they are, we really need to question what sort of training recruits are actually getting at the Regina RCMP Depot.

The RCMP will not, of course, name the constable involved, and will only say the individual has been placed on administrative leave…. RCMP jargon for paid vacation.

It defies all logic and common sense that three trained constables should be that terrified that they need to tazer a child.  And I’m not alone in feeling this way.  There are no less than four independent investigations being conducted into this event.

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April 14, 2011

More RCMP Double-Standards in Sentencing for Criminal Convictions

RCMP constable Desmond Sandboe was caught on RCMP surveillance video beating the crap out of a prisoner inside the Lac La Biche RCMP detachment.  It is admirable that Crown Counsel moved forward with charges, and that he was actually convicted of assault.  Where the system breaks down is the double-standard for sentencing of police officers.

For the brutal and apparently unprovoked beating of Andrew Clyburn on Sept. 13, 2009, Sandboe has been sentenced to… go home.

Yeah, three months house arrest and another three months with a curfew.  It is outrageous, ridiculous and brings the administration of justice into disrepute.  (to say the least!)

Why do I say it’s a double-standard?  Or that police get lighter sentences than you or I would in similar circumstances?

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