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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 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.

Instead he has been allowed to carry on unchecked…….and allowed to retain his position of trust and authority…..this is outrageous. (more…)

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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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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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November 1, 2011

Staff Sgt. Ronald Matthews disgraces himself by making strip-tease video in his RCMP Boss’s office

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In what seems to be turning into a regular occurrence, high-ranking RCMP members are getting caught making sex tapes of themselves in their offices.

To be clear, I have no issue whatsoever of people doing whatever they want in the privacy of their own homes.  If they want to make sex tapes of themselves that’s 100% their business.

Where it becomes my business and yours, too, is when the people making these sex videos are high-ranking RCMP members using their boss’s office in RCMP headquarters and use RCMP video equipment.

The RCMP doesn’t need more black eyes, yet people like Staff Sgt. Ronald Matthews just keep screwing up and it keeps making the news.

“The force, as an organization, cannot tolerate the downloading, storing and viewing of pornography on our computer systems and sending videos of oneself performing sexual acts, albeit to a willing recipient, is such flagrant misbehaviour that it must be considered with the utmost of seriousness,” the RCMP disciplinary board said.

We all have problems in life and the RCMP’s culture doesn’t make it easy on marriages.

That’s no excuse.

We expect and deserve better than that from the men who have sworn to be better than this.

We place our trust in the RCMP for better or worse.

We trust them with our safety.  We trust them to act in our best interests and to put our best interests ahead of their own.

I supposed that’s why all of the disgraceful conduct that’s come to light about the RCMP over the past few years is so disheartening.

Broken trust.

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July 13, 2011

Buddy Tavares sues RCMP Constable Geoff Mantler and I hope he wins

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Buddy Tavares, the man [allegedly] kicked brutally in the face by RCMP thug… I mean constable Geoff Mantler, has filed a lawsuit against Constable Geoff Mantler, Mantler’s female partner, the Attorney General of BC and the City of Kelowna.

Fantastic!  If there is any common sense left in our justice system, this lawsuit should be a slam-dunk, especially considering that senior RCMP members apologized to Buddy Tavares personally.

Send RCMP Constable Geoff Mantler to prisonNow I have to say that the thug, Geoff Mantler, [allegedly] kicked Buddy Tavares in the face because even though it was caught on video for the whole world to see, the thug cop has not been convicted of the crime in court.

Yet.

When the case first made national and international news, Constable Geoff Mantler was initially placed on what I like to call a “paid vacation.”  Once the Abbotsford Police Department completed their investigation and recommended charges against Mantler, that paid vacation was converted into a suspension without pay, like it should have been in the first place.

What’s shocking about cases like this is that Geoff Mantler is one of the very few who have actually been placed on an unpaid suspension.  There are currently a number of RCMP members on paid suspension that have been collecting paychecks and even raises for NOT going to work for over three years.

As bizarre as it sounds to me and perhaps you, Geoff Mantler is actually going to plead not guilty in court later this month.  Apparently this pathetic excuse for an RCMP constable (and for a man) actually believes he did no wrong.

Everyone on the planet is ashamed of Geoff Mantler’s actions except, it seems, for Geoff Mantler himself.  This isn’t the first time (or even the second) that he’s been accused of using excessive force against civilians.  He absolutely disgusts me.

His denial of reality also tells me the RCMP is in desperate need of revamping the RCMP recruiting process, as I wrote about the other day.

The current RCMP recruitment process, if judged by recent news stories, would seem to go something like this:

  • Are you willing to beat the shit out of someone for making rude comments about police?  If yes, please continue with questionnaire.
  • If an inmate talks back to you, is that cause to beat him so severely he has to be sent to hospital? If yes, please continue with questionnaire.
  • Are you willing to lie in court to cover up your violation of the Charter Rights of a civilian?  If yes, please continue with questionnaire.
  • Are you willing to drive drunk, even doing so kills an innocent civilian? If yes, please continue with questionnaire.
  • Do you believe cheating on your wife with a street prostitute is a good idea? If yes, please continue with questionnaire.
  • Will you use the CPIC database for your own personal ends even though doing so is a violation of the RCMP’s own rules?  If yes, please continue with questionnaire.

If you have answered YES to all of these questions, please report to RCMP DEPOT in Regina immediately.

We’ve had so many cases of RCMP misconduct surface recently that the issue would appear to be systemic, not just a series random thug cops.

My favourite RCMP Poster-Boy for everything wrong with the RCMP is, of course, Corporal Monty Robinson.  He epitomizes everything that is wrong with the RCMP.  He killed two men.  He lied about killing the first one in court.  He was [allegedly] drunk when he killed the second man, and then ran home to pound back a couple shots of vodka so he couldn’t get nailed for impaired driving.  He refused to cooperate with investigators.

To top off the obscenity that is RCMP Corporal Monty Robinson, he’s been on a paid vacation for the past three years.  He’s even getting pay raises while he doesn’t go to work.  How’s that for disgusting?

Robinson, sadly for us all, is not alone though.  There is a long line of men wearing the RCMP’s uniform that should never have been allowed near the service.

The list of morally-bankrupt RCMP members seems endless…  Constable Geoff Mantler, RCMP Constable Shyamal Ramlu, RCMP Constable Gerry Rundel, RCMP Constable Bill Bentley, RCMP Corporal Monty Robinson, RCMP Constable Kwesi Millington, RCMP Sergeant Douglas Smith, RCMP Constable Todd Glasman, RCMP Constable Matt Wright, RCMP Constable Nick Sharma, RCMP Constable Desmond Sandboe, RCMP Constable Andy Yung, Constable Allan Douglas Roberts (illegal search) are just the ones that come easily to mind.

One commenter on a story of RCMP misconduct said,

“BC seems to be the RCMP’s dumping ground for bad cops.”

It’s hard not to agree with that comment.  BC does seem to have a much higher proportion of RCMP misconduct than any other province… a topic I’ll be writing about more in the days to come.  I’ve found some interesting research that shows how atrocious the RCMP is at getting rid of their bad apples.

 

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July 11, 2011

BC RCMP Constable Shyamal Ramlu’s lack of moral character…

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BC RCMP Constable Shyamal Ramlu is the latest in a long line of examples of RCMP constables with no moral backbone whatsoever.  Constable Ramlu’s drunken blowjob with a street prostitute shows with stark clarity that the RCMP’s pathetic recruitment process is in serious need of repair.

For those not aware of Constable Ramlu’s “indiscretions”, here’s what happened according to files obtained by the Ottawa Citizen:

RCMP Constable Shyamal Ramlu works in the Langley Detachment where, on December 12, 2009, he left a retirement party in a cab because he was too drunk to drive.

Well, too drunk to drive HOME, at least.

Once home, he hopped into his car and went looking for a prostitute.  He found one without too much difficulty.  She gave him a blowjob and either during or shortly thereafter the deed, stole Constable Ramlu’s wallet and RCMP-issued Blackberry.

Constable Ramlu is married. Clearly his marriage vows don’t mean that much to him, judging by his actions that fateful December evening, at least.

If an RCMP Constable is willing to lie and cheat on his wife, the person he’s supposed to love and cherish, I really have to wonder what a cop like that is willing to do to one of us regular citizens?

Would he lie and fabricate evidence if it served some purpose of his?  I don’t know, but it’s certainly a question that has to be asked, isn’t it?

The current RCMP recruitment process, if judged by recent news stories, would seem to go something like this:

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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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June 4, 2011

RCMP Sergeant Douglas Smith appeals conditional discharge for illegal handgun

Welcome to the world of the double-standard when sentencing police for committing crimes that would send the rest of us mere citizens to prison.  RCMP Sergeant Douglas Smith kept a handgun that was turned over to him for destruction by a citizen in 2004.  By all accounts it was not registered to Sgt. Smith, and nobody knew he even had the unregistered handgun.

Why he kept it, of course, is not something he wants to answer, although he’s more than willing to appeal his joke of a sentence on the grounds that his trial was somehow unfair.

RCMP Sergeant Douglas Smith is the former detachment commander in Lumsden, Saskatchewan.  As the head of an RCMP detachment, surely the man knows right from wrong, doesn’t he?

Well, it sure doesn’t look that way from where I sit.

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March 19, 2011

Before Crown can get convictions, Police must Stop Illegal Searching

Sophon Sek is not the kind of guy most girls would bring home to mom.  It is alleged by police that he’s a gang member and drug dealer, and he’s currently facing manslaughter charges in relation to the Surrey Six murder case a few years back, where two innocent bystanders were murdered during a gang hit.

But bad guy or not, he, just like the rest of us, actually has the Right to be free from illegal searches.  That basic human Right is guaranteed to us under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

RCMP constables manage to consistently (conveniently?) forget that in their zeal to get the bad guy.

That over-zealous disregard for our basic human rights has cost them numerous cases, and Sek is the latest beneficiary of the RCMP being held accountable for their illegal actions. (more…)

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