Maintain the Right

You know, the Canadian government could save a lot of money by replacing the RCMP Musical Ride riders with volunteer cowboys and the Sunset Ceremony Mounties with actors in red serge. That way, Canadians wouldn’t have to wake up with stories like this.

In April 2009, close to the end of one work day, Sgt. Ray invited his staff to a private office party at which he invited them to sit down and have a drink.
One of his female subordinates consumed four beers over two hours, and once the others left, Sgt. Ray unzipped his pants, exposed himself and told her to touch his penis, according to RCMP files. She refused.
“S/Sgt. Ray then wanted to have sexual intercourse with Ms. A, which she refused. S/Sgt. Ray insisted but Ms. A. maintained her refusal. They then both left the building without further sexual contact,” a senior disciplinary officer wrote in his findings in February.

Wait. It gets better. (Tip of the lynch lid to Jana Pruden, ex of the Leader-Post.)

“Staff Sergeant Ray should have known better,” the board wrote. “Our organization relies upon its senior NCOs to set a good example for younger members, and Staff Sergeant Ray’s misconduct has had the opposite effect.”
But the board also noted numerous mitigating factors in Ray’s favour, including his previous work record, several letters of support from coworkers, and the officer’s “sincere expressions of regret and remorse.”

If a doctor, teacher, or psychiatrist had done the same thing, he or she would lose his license and be out on the farking street. If a plumber or electrician tried something like that with his female co-workers, he’d be fired on the spot without EI eligibility and face sexual assault charges. But this guy gets to compare notes with this winner …

Richmond RCMP Cpl. Benjamin “Monty” Robinson was found guilty of obstruction of justice Friday for what Justice Janice Dillon called “a wilfully designed” plan to nullify attempts by Delta police officers to determine if he was impaired when his Jeep was involved in a fatal collision with a motor cyclist.
… The accident occurred almost a year after he had led the team of four RCMP officers responsible for the notorious Tasering of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski at Vancouver International Airport. Dziekanski died at the scene.

That’s right. The guy who killed a man over a stapler at Vancouver International Airport and had senior Mounties try to cover the event up is still on the payroll. As are these guys …

The six RCMP officers who wrongly charged Jason Nixon, his young son and two other men with killing a wild horse in the Sundre area, have filed their statement of defence for malicious prosecution and negligent investigation.
… Nixon, the former general manager of Mountain Aire Lodge, his now 15-year-old son, Markus, Earl Anderson and Gary Cape are seeking $1 million each in general damages as well as other costs from the named RCMP officers.
On April 27, 2011, all charges against the four wrongly accused were dropped by Crown prosecutor Gord Haight when new evidence was revealed that proved the four did not kill a wild pregnant mare….
“Drug addicts being motivated by a large reward didn’t seem to raise any red flags for the RCMP, and it should have,” said Bill Klym, the lawyer acting on behalf of Nixon, Markus, Anderson and Cape.
Klym said the fact the RCMP didn’t even question Nixon and the others about the dead pregnant mare is key in proving negligent investigation, but so are the other egregious facts of the case.
“Why you would avoid putting that question to Jason and the others, especially when the information came to you from suspicious sources – known crack addicts – who were seeking reward money, indicates negligent investigation?” Klym said on Tuesday.

You mean the RCMP tried to prosecute four guys for shooting a pregnant mare, found out their alabis checked out, destroyed evidence and prosecuted them anyway by taking the word of two crackheads unable keep their stories straight long enough to collect the $25,000 reward money?

Just as bad money drives out good money in politics, bad cops drive out good cops. And the RCMP, right now, are putting bad cops in the drivers’ seat of the organization. Commissioner Paulison can whine and moan about the disciplinary boards, but the real problem is a culture of secrecy and frat-boy attitudes, disguised as esprit d’corps, that will destroy the RCMP if it isn’t rooted out. And it won’t be.

Author: Stephen LaRose

2006 winner of the Canadian Association of University Teachers’s Award of Excellence in Journalism for a bunch of prairie dog stuff. Invited into the best homes in Regina. Once.

4 thoughts on “Maintain the Right”

  1. The guilty officers are often just transferred . Lessons from the Catholic Church????

  2. My cousin married an ex-RCMP officer. He only served 5 years and could not take all of their shenanigans anymore. He said they were “all a bunch of crooks”. I believed him then and I believe him now.

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