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December 8, 2009

RCMP Accountability REPORT
BC Appeal Court says inquiry can fault officers involved in Dziekanski death -VANCOUVER, B.C. – Dec 29,2009 The former judge conducting a provincial inquiry into the death of Robert Dziekanski can find misconduct against the RCMP officers involved.  The B.C. Court of Appeal upheld a lower court ruling today rejecting the RCMP’s argument that Thomas Braidwood had no jurisdiction to make the findings because his provincial inquiry doesn’t have authority over the federal force.  Braidwood warned early this year that he’ll consider whether to allege misconduct against the four officers involved when he writes his final report.  The RCMP took the issue to court, but the B.C. Supreme Court judge dismissed their claims. Dziekanski died after he was zapped multiple times with an RCMP Taser at the Vancouver airport in 2007.  The Polish immigrant had been acting erratically, throwing furniture and brandishing a stapler, after being stranded at the airport for hours.
Dec 29,2009  A Mormon ex RCMP killed an Ottawa Police officer for no reason today.. I imagine  that really puts the RCMP in  my bad books.. A former Saskatchewan RCMP officer has been arrested in the stabbing death of an Ottawa police officer. Kevin Gregson, 43, was arrested at the Civic Campus of the Ottawa Hospital early Tuesday after an Ottawa officer was stabbed while writing notes in  an unrelatedcase in his car. Killing a police officer is unacceptable, we need to send a message that killing one means you have forfeited your life as well!

WiNNIPEG (CBC) – A Manitoba RCMP officer has been charged with assaulting his wife. Const. Dennis Hart, 44, was arrested just before 3:30 a.m. on Saturday after RCMP officers in Gimli, about 80 kilometres north of Winnipeg, were called to the Misty Lake Lodge & Conference Centre. A woman at the lodge told officers she had been assaulted by her husband, RCMP said. The woman did not require immediate medical treatment for her injuries. Hart, an eight-year RCMP member, has been charged with assault, assault causing bodily harm and choking to overcome resistance.  He was released from custody on a promise to appear in Gimli provincial court on Jan. 25. Hart, who is posted at the Fisher Branch detachment, about 95 kilometres northwest of Gimli, has been placed on administrative duties pending an internal review. –  An Alberta RCMP officer is facing assualt charges stemming from an incident at a Lac La Biche, Alta., jail cell. EDMONTON – An RCMP constable has been charged with assault, causing bodily harm and obstruction of justice. . Const. Desmond Sandboe an eight-year member of the RCMP, is has also been charged with obstruction of justice. There were witnesses to the alleged assault.The response team was called in to investigate after a man was injured in the cell area at the Lac La Biche detachment in September.
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“And the RCMP has changed, for the worse. At the headquarters level there hasn’t been a good report in years. Various inquiries have found incompetence, poor training, poor discipline, poor co-ordination and communication, and outright dishonesty. Those inquiries have used phrases like “horribly broken,” “often flawed,” “not justified” and so on.

News reports made it clear that RCMP investigations into embarrassing and fatal actions of their own members were inadequate to the point of being a coverup. At the field level there were many reports of highly dubious shootings by RCMP members, and criminal investigations into the conduct of members when off duty. Former RCMP Commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli resigned in disgrace after giving conflicting statements to a Parliamentary committee. ” 

This is not a new revelation I myself now had detailed to you about 25 years ago my own experience in Canmore Alberta with the perverse RCMP where I got 2 speeding tickets on the same spot years apart and how the RCMP next also had covered up for it’s pervere buddies, and I had also entered my complaint about their perverse acts into the Canmore Queens court record as well now.
  One of the best way that I have discovered to get to know what a cop  is really like, is work with him  just for one whole day,.. and   what   you now saw next.. lying, bullying, control freak..

An outside police force will investigate allegations against five current and former Manitoba RCMP officers accused of offences ranging from fabricating evidence to torture. The charges relate to complaints filed in civil and criminal court by a Portage la Prairie man. Matthew Gray, 47, filed complaints against up to 15 RCMP officers after he was handcuffed and jolted multiple times with a Taser stun gun in June 2003. In October, a provincial court judge agreed there’s enough evidence to proceed with charges against five of the officers.

We also do all know that most persons  still  tend to take an ostrich denial approach to their own faults, shortcomings still.. IT’S HARDLY A WORTHWHILE news flash that there is something inherently wrong with police investigating themselves when their actions are called into question. RATHER IS IS A PERVERSE ACT. There have been a string of events in recent years when internal police investigations have led to calls for a more independent means of reviewing police incidents. You would think the Police  would have learned by now. Never a Zebra cannot change it’s stripes and Police still do lie like many of the criminals also do. RCMP have already been told by Paul Kennedy, head of the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP, that they should not investigate incidents involving their members. Next it still does  shows that the RCMP are not listening to their own rules! There lies the problem, the bad RCMP themselves, and not the rules..

 Oversight key to RCMP’s image problems and solutions, observers say
Really and  how dumb do you think the rest of us really are.. The RCMP hired bad apples to start of with that next  were allowed to remain, and these rotten apples corrupted many other good RCMP officers to start of it.. yes the problem only started in the RCMP recruitment procedure, and we know that most Canadians like to hire their friends, or friends of a friends still, PM Stephen Harper now not an exception here too.. and from a bad start you continue on with their own bad personal acts, and even add to it next the false bad cover-ups by bad RCMP managers too..  in a false denial, state of shock, the ostrich RCMP cannot admit their  own sins, or admit how most of Canada, many others perceive them now next try to deny it by projecting  false reasons they are so despised , hated so much, still cannot face the reality of how bad they really are..  When Observers say the RCMP can survive its current malaise, but only if it successfully addresses very real concerns that the force isn’t accountable and has no appetite for change.. that is just the beginning.. yes  unrepeated sins do next get shouted form the house tops… loudly too  but there is a lot more, many more reaons so many people despise  them so much. They are Big liars for a start.. next very costly and very inefficient , pretentious as well.. a typical bad civil and public service overall!..
Courage In Red, was a fiasco, few even had bothered to download it on the net, for the  stupid producers tried to produce some RCMP brownie points by telling the Canadian parents their kids were monster in school, that need RCMP police supervision which now did not go over well with the kids or the parents in fact too. Typical as to how the bad the  RCMP does things.. misdirects reality, facts and gets bad publicity from  it still.. they got what the deserve and f- failure here too.
The Dziekanski Tasering was ‘premature and inappropriate’: report
Report slams RCMP in airport Taser death. A damning report on the conduct of RCMP and the death of Robert Dziekanski at the Vancouver airport was released on Tuesday by the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMPIn the strongly worded report, commissioner Paul Kennedy made 23 findings and 16 recommendations that were highly critical of both the actions of the four officers and the follow-up investigation by the RCMP.
-The senior on-scene RCMP member failed to take charge of the RCMP’s response.
– No meaningful attempt was made to de-escalate the situation.
– No warning, visual or otherwise, was given to Dziekanski prior to him being hit by the conducted energy weapon (CEW).
– Use of the CEW against Dziekanski was premature and inappropriate.
-The CEW was used multiple times on Dziekanski without any significant effort made to determine the need for further use.
-The RCMP members present should have more actively provided first-aid and monitored Dziekanki’s condition.
-The four RCMP members inappropriately met alone after the death of Dziekanski prior to giving their statements.
-The versions of events given to investigators by the four RCMP officers involved in the Vancouver International Airport in-custody death of Robert Dziekanski are not deemed credible by the CPC.
-The senior on-scene RCMP member should not have been present at the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) briefing held at the Richmond Detachment on Oct. 14, 2007.
-No bias or partiality toward the involved RCMP members was present in the IHIT investigation of the death of Dziekanski, but the Pritchard video should have been shown to the members before taking statements from them.
-The RCMP should have released certain information to the media which would have served to clarify information pertaining to the death of Dziekanski and corrected erroneous information previously provided without compromising the IHIT investigation.
-Kennedy has been highly critical of the RCMP during his term as commissioner, which expires at the end of December and he was not reappointed to the position by the federal government.

Dziekanski died at Vancouver’s airport in October 2007 minutes after he was stunned repeatedly with a Taser by the RCMP, who were responding to a disturbance call in the airport arrivals lounge.At a press conference in Vancouver, Kennedy summarized the key findings from the 200-page report:

While they were in the lawful execution of their duties as police officers, the four officers failed to adopt a measured, coordinated and appropriate response to Dziekanski’s reported behaviour:

No charges were ever laid in death of Dziekanski  Do what’s best for Canada and show the world that Canada is a law abiding country . Place those 4 officers in jail Tasers don’t make cops bad; they just make bad cops worse.

Report says RCMP were wrong to Taser 15-year-old handcuffed girl in N.W.T.   Fri Dec 11, 8:09 PM    CP YELLOWKNIFE – A report says a Mountie was wrong to use a Taser on a 15-year-old girl as she lay face down on the floor of a young offenders centre with her hands cuffed behind her back and under the control of three guards.  Mounties have been censured over their Taser policy.  The report found that Const. Noella Cockney wasn’t certified to use the Taser and failed to consider other options when she zapped the girl on March 13, 2007, at the centre in Inuvik, N.W.T. It was also critical of how RCMP investigated a complaint filed by the girl’s mother and called one account by a senior officer biased.  Commission chairman Paul Kennedy said many of the problems found during the investigation parallel deficiencies outlined in other reports about how RCMP use Tasers, including one conclusion about police investigating police that found the RCMP’s approach to internal investigations is flawed and inconsistent.  “This incident is a compelling case which ought to cause the RCMP itself to be concerned and take action,” he said in the report.  “Most important among those conclusions, as they relate to this case, was the need for the RCMP to clarify to its members and to the public when it is permissible to deploy the Taser. It is clear that confusion in this area continues to reign.”  The report says the RCMP improperly tried to dispose of the mother’s complaint, that officers failed to follow rules about recording it and also neglected to properly respond to her concerns. Kennedy suggests the mishandling led to delays that resulted in the destruction of evidence.  He also said an internal RCMP report into the Tasering was “biased in favour of Constable Cockney” and another internal report was based on selectively reported evidence leading to a perception of bias.  “The investigative deficiencies and the RCMP response to the public complaint filed by (the girl’s) mother were significant enough to leave a strong perception of bias and call into question the ability of the RCMP to investigate its own members in cases in which serious allegations of misconduct exist.”  RCMP Commissioner William Elliott said he accepts most of the report’s recommendations, including a call for the force to restrict Taser use to qualified officers and to do a better job of dealing with public complaints.  “The RCMP believes that the CPC plays a critically important role in investigating the actions of the RCMP and its employees.”  Kennedy’s report said the girl was shot with the stun gun because she refused to go to a segregation unit and was swearing at guards at the Arctic Tern Youth Facility. Cockney warned the girl three times that if she didn’t move she would be zapped.  The girl taunted Cockney and urged her to use the weapon. The constable then jolted the girl for five seconds as the teen yelled out “OK, OK, OK.” She then agreed to move to the segregation unit.  Kennedy’s recommendations aren’t binding on the RCMP or the federal government.

Bad apples STILL do not fall fall  from the tree..  HALIFAX, N.S. – The head of a civil liberties group is accusing the police of using privacy legislation to block public scrutiny of their actions, a day after the RCMP refused to reveal details of a fatal shooting involving one of its officers.  David Eby of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association said he’s seeing more police agencies cite the federal privacy law as a reason for not releasing information about investigations into officers’ conduct.  “It’s really not about privacy rights,” he said from Vancouver on Tuesday. “We feel they’re using it as a shield to avoid accountability.”  His comments come in the aftermath of a decision by Nova Scotia RCMP to not charge an officer who fatally shot a reportedly intoxicated and suicidal man who was in his home alone in Cape Breton.  John Simon died Dec. 8, 2008, after he was shot on the Wagmatcook First Nation reserve. His family argue police didn’t need to enter the residence, where Simon was reportedly sitting on the toilet when the officer is believed to have climbed in through a window.  RCMP said at a news conference Monday that a probe by the Halifax police department determined the officer who fired the gun did so in self-defence.  But they refused to answer questions about the incident, including why Simon was considered a threat, who made a 911 call, whether the officer was authorized to enter the house and how many times Simon was shot.  RCMP Chief Supt. Blair McKnight said Monday he wasn’t “permitted to release a copy of this investigation or the details” because of the privacy law.  When asked on Tuesday to explain how the law prevents the release of more details, the RCMP issued a news release reiterating its position: “Under the privacy law of Canada, the RCMP cannot disclose the specifics of any criminal investigation.”  Eby said there have been other cases in British Columbia where police have cited the federal law to withhold the release of information into cases probing police conduct.  “They’re taking a certain interpretation of privacy law that most benefits them in avoiding having to explain difficult circumstances,” he said.  Lisa Austin, a law professor at the University of Toronto, said the federal law is so discretionary that it allows forces to use it liberally to decide if personal information needs to be protected.  “That is a huge problem with the federal legislation – there’s so much discretion built into it,” she said.  “You can exempt things for privacy reasons and then there’s a discretion to take into account the public interest. Well who’s exercising the discretion? The people who want to keep it hushed up.”   Simon’s common-law spouse, Patsy MacKay, said police revealed some details of the case to her, but said they were limited by the federal legislation from answering all of her questions.  MacKay said she still has no clear understanding as to why the Halifax police, which investigated the RCMP’s conduct, determined that the officer acted appropriately.  MacKay said police told her she could file a request for the report through the federal Access to Information Act, but that it would be largely blacked out.  Supt. Mike Burns of the Halifax police said the officer who entered Simon’s home fired his pistol at him “after reasonably perceiving that John Simon posed a threat of grievous bodily harm or death, and believing that he could not otherwise preserve himself from grievous bodily harm other than by using deadly force.” Eby said the case adds to a growing demand for civilian groups to be in charge of investigating police conduct rather than having officers do it themselves.  Halifax police led the investigation into Simon’s death, but RCMP spokeswoman Brigdit Leger said RCMP officers were involved in the year-long probe. The RCMP would have no input into the final report or the decision to charge, she said in a news release There are several different models in place across the country to investigate the conduct of police, but provincial oversight bodies have no authority over the RCMP.  Ontario created a Special Investigations Unit, made up of civilian investigators, to handle cases involving police that result in death or injury to civilians.  In Alberta, cases are handled by a unit headed by a civilian director and made up of 10 active police officers and six civilians.  Nova Scotia Justice Minister Ross Landry has said he will develop a new arms-length, independent unit to investigate police actions sometime next year.

The RCMP can only blame itself for their damaged reputation, based  on  the actions of some of their own members, aided by a long culture of false denials , cover-up. More false public relationship presentations, spins,  statements by the RCMP itself too, others  won’t at all even restore credibility to very badly tarnished  Canada’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The RCMP has also  been flailed for bungling the Air India investigation, putting Maher Arar’s life at risk, misusing stun guns, punishing whistleblowers, feuding with security services, mismanaging its pension fund, and even the poor security of the House of commons and the Prime Minister’s residence.
 It really does not help matters much when bad  federal government  will not even be laying criminal charges against the 4 bad Vancouver airport officers, one of whom, Monty Robinson, was recently charged with attempting to obstruct justice.
Public exposure and prosecution of the guilty is one of the best approach serving everyone’s best interest too.
The federal government response now  still is no better, telling Kennedy his term is up, and he will not be reappointed after four years in the job. Kennedy has persistently pushed the federal government to create an independent watchdog with real teeth, and for Mounties to stop investigating themselves, rightful steps long advocated by many. Change is needed at the highest level of the federal government and the RCMP before Canadians can even begin forgive or forget the recent bad history of the RCMP and the related Canadian government. Accountability, truth and transparency are now  unfulfilled Conservatives government promises as well. But lying is a bad PM Stephen Harper trait now too .  

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Alberta drug and alcohol deaths have doubled in the past decade  Edmonton Sun  CALGARY — The number of recorded drug and alcohol deaths in Alberta has more than doubled in the past decade, says the province’s chief medical examiner. From 1998 to 2008, Alberta’s population has grown by only 13% while the annual number of non-suicide deaths attributable to intoxicants has leaped to 437 from 210. Kim Borden, research officer with the chief medical examiner’s office, was at a loss to explain why the number would so far exceed the province’s population increase. “But I do know drugs and drug-related deaths are a huge problem — it’s right up there with car crash fatalities,” she said. “It’s growing every year.” , the figures for deaths caused by drugs are likely much higher because the number of autopsies are so limited.
So vehicular  speeding is not the major cause of accidents, deaths but impaired driving and yet the police like to go after speeders, over the drunk drivers still and why was that?
It is not the rapists, drunk drivers that mostly  fill the courts calendars, docks it is mostly the revenue generating traffic tickets.. if the government wants to get tough on crime, as it purports, it should go after the real criminals. Drunk, impaired drivers too.  After all speeding is not the major cause of vehicular accidents, what you did not know that yet? and the police Chief himself did not tell you? What is then the cause of major car accidents? Drunk driving, road rage, impaired driving, distracted while driving…. and what the revenue generating traffic division has not gone after all this mostly instead yet too? and why Not? The Cops becoming judge and jury, now taking the law into their own hands  even when they still say “ In most cases, our cops are the best to judge if stunt driving is really stunt driving. Or, is it simply speeding. If that is the case, they should charge accordingly or face more legal challenges.” And them the cops still being continually soft on drunk drivers is cause too many cops do  drink alcohol now too?


VICTORIA — Alcohol consumption has increased almost twice as much in British Columbia as it has in the rest of the country, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Victoria Centre for Addictions Research say British Columbians’ alcohol consumption has risen 16 per cent since 1998. That’s almost twice the nine per cent increase seen in the rest of Canada.
and if that is true now there should be twice as much arrests for drunk driving and twice as much prison incarceration for drunk driving too? is there or why not?
Saskatchewan has introduced the toughest repeat drunk-driving sentencing policy in Canada, just in time for the holiday party season. As of Friday in Saskatchewan, there will be a minimum mandatory 30-day jail sentence for repeat offenders who have had one prior conviction in the past five years or two convictions in the past ten years.  Further, if a convicted drunk driver has two convictions in the past five years or three in the past ten years, the mandatory jail sentence will be 120 days.  These sentences will be more severe if the drunk driving offences have caused bodily harm or if the offender is found to be driving while disqualified.
BC alcohol revenues provide the government with $1 billion annually. But health and enforcement costs related to alcohol were $57 million higher than revenue generated by alcohol sales.–b-c-pays-deadly-cost-to-fill-thirst-for-booze

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