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December 22, 2010

The problem with the RCMP is not confined to a few bad apples

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. Const. David Clarke, 35, an RCMP member for 4 ½ years, was charged late Monday with 15 offences, including breach of trust for trafficking marijuana, possession of stolen marijuana and possession of various identification documents obtained by crime, the RCMP said Tuesday. He is also accused of possessing a number of unlicensed weapons, including a Glock 9-mm handgun, a Colt semiautomatic handgun, a Remington Mohawk semi-automatic rifle, an FN FAL semi-automatic rifle, a Mossberg pump-action shotgun and semi-automatic ammunition cartridges capable of holding more than 10 bullets, an alleged prohibited device.  Clarke is also among a number of officers being sued, along with the B.C. solicitor-general, by Travis Bader, the owner of a Delta firearms training business. Bader says he was treated like a criminal and subjected to two years of “personal abuse” by police, resulting in 10 unfounded charges against him that were stayed by the Crown earlier this year. Clarke is also facing an internal disciplinary hearing stemming from the criminal allegations.

The news that a Surrey Mountie is facing 15 criminal charges couldn’t have come at a worse time for our embattled national police force. Still reeling from the flak resulting from the brutal death of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski at Vancouver International Airport, the RCMP is fighting to re-establish its once glorious reputation as a well-governed organization that serves and protects British Columbians. The problem with the RCMP is not confined to a few bad apples. The rot runs deeper. It involves a system-wide lack of accountability to those who pay its bills, namely regular taxpayers. 




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