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December 19, 2010

The still too often useless, pretentious police

Police managers as well are too often guilty of Empire building. In decades of my asking the police to do their duty on my behalf too now I have yet to see them do anything good.
 
Montreal police come up short in crime-busting The city has most cops per population but the force ranks 7th in results How sharp is Montreal Island’s police department at solving crimes? And how responsible is it in spending taxpayers’ money? Fresh evidence sheds troubling light on these questions.  A study published by Statistics Canada  compares Canadian cities’ police forces’ “weighted clearance rates” for crimes. A clearance is cop jargon for formally charging a suspect (or being unable to lay a charge because the suspect cannot be found or has died). StatsCan assigns a weight to each crime according to its severity, so that a murder gets a higher weight than a theft. The study shows that Montreal’s rate in 2009 ranks No. 8 among Canada’s 10 largest cities. Only Vancouver and, in last place, Quebec City, fare worse.  What makes this ranking all the more dismal is the study also shows that Montreal police at the end of 2009 had more officers per 100,000 population than did any other major city. We have the dubious distinction of being manpower champs.

The department’s spending in 2011, according to the agglomeration budget approved yesterday, will be 5.1 per cent higher than last year’s spending. That’s well above the 3.2 per cent rise in inflation that the Conference Board of Canada predicts for the Montreal area in the new year.

And this large increase is part of a trend. Since 2006, the department’s spending has increased by 28 per cent -triple the inflation rate. Spending increase have thus averaged 6.9 per cent a year during this stretch. http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/todays-paper/Montreal+police+come+short+crime+busting/3997095/story.html

SADLY FOR DECADES THE POLICE IN MONTREAL TEND TO HAVE A BAD REPUTATION FOR BEING JUDGMENTAL, DISCRIMINATORY, RACISTS, DESPISING POOR PEOPLE,  ABUSIVE AND YES THEY ARE FAR , FAR FROM PERFECT.. AND I HAVE ALWAYS WONDERED WHY THE FEDERAL AND PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENTS  HAVE WRONGFULLY TOLERATED IT. https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/05/25/for-decades/

 

Mountie faces 15 criminal charges Vancouver Sun –  A Surrey Mountie has been charged with breach of trust for trafficking marijuana, possession of property obtained by crime and more than a dozen weapons offences.

Mountie faces gun, drug charges The Province

Mountie faces 15 charges Metro Canada – Vancouver

Toronto Sun – CBC.ca – Montreal Gazette – CTV.ca
 

BC cop charged with assault Toronto Sun

NANAIMO RCMP OFFICER FACING ASSAULT CHARGE C-FAX 1070

Nanaimo Mountie charged over on-duty assault complaint Nanaimo Daily News

Mountie charged with assault over party call Vancouver Sun – ‎Dec 18, 2010‎A public complaint sparked both Criminal Code and RCMP code of conduct investigations. Crown counsel approved the charge against Veillette, a 39-year-old

 
 

Mounties docked pay for sex misconduct Ottawa Citizen. Two Mounties have admitted to disgraceful conduct after it was revealed one was having sex while on duty with an aspiring female recruit and another officer was sending sexually explicit e-mails to a female intern. 

https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2010/10/25/canadas-bad-police-officers/

 

After nearly six months, several videos and a showdown between Toronto’s police chief and a provincial watchdog that played out in front of the national media, an officer has been charged with beating a man during the G20 demonstrations. And ultimately, it was a lone policeman who identified Constable Babak Andalib-Goortani as one of the officers alleged to have injured Adam Nobody during his arrest last June, the Special Investigations Unit said. Critics said that Mr. Nobody’s case – one of the most closely-watched probes in the SIU’s 20-year history – showed that the police force is unable to compel its officers to help SIU investigate fellow officers. Now out of 16 officers identified as possibly being in the area during Mr. Nobody’s arrest at Queen’s Park, only one provided the agency with the information it required to lay a charge, prompting fresh questions from the injured man.“What I still don’t understand is how 12 police officers who were around me when I was arrested aren’t able to identify anyone,” Mr. Nobody said. “I hope that something can still be done about this.” http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/toronto/lone-policeman-identifies-colleague-charged-with-assault-in-g20-arrest/article1846707/

  

G20 protests: Don’t let charge be end of story..  There is a lesson in the laying of charges Tuesday against only one  police officer in connection with the beating of a G20 protester: we don’t have to acquiesce when the authorities circle the wagons. Many allegations of police misconduct were made following the G20 summit in Toronto last June, where more than 1,000 people were arrested, most of them without charge. But in the immediate aftermath of the summit, officialdom excused and even lauded the police overreaction. Toronto City Council passed a motion commending “the outstanding work” of the police. Then councilor — now mayor — Rob Ford went further and said “our police were too nice.” The Toronto Police Services Board, which is supposed to exercise civilian oversight over the force, issued a press release thanking the police for “the manner in which they conducted themselves.” What happened on the weekend of June 26-27 in our city was not the fault of one police officer — or, for that matter, of one police chief. Plenty of others were involved, including the RCMP (who were in charge of security at the summit), the provincial government (which promulgated the so-called secret law expanding police powers), and Prime Minister Stephen Harper (who reportedly gave marching orders to senior bureaucrats to crack down hard on any protesters who got out of line). Various other small inquiries into the G20 summit are under way. But only a full public inquiry will get the answers we need on how things went so wrong that weekend.  http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/article/910578–g20-protests-don-t-let-charge-be-end-of-story 

 

20 armed bandits rob a bank. Later one person is arrested and charged with the offence.  That’s good enough then? If the cops believe that nailing one sinner to the cross will restore public confidence and respect they are indeed as arrogant and stupid as everyone thinks they are. How about firing Police chief Blair? As well as the Ontario Justice Ministers. Now charging police officers and holding them to account when they commit crimes is long overdue. This is only a first step in restoring the public’s faith in our judicial system.  Canada’s international standing has been given a black eye by our police officers.   Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2010/12/21/toronto-nobody-siu.html

  
 

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