“Thomas Braidwood’s inquiry into taser use in B.C. was not supposed to have jurisdictional authority over the RCMP in the province. Thankfully, the highly respected retired judge decided to ignore his original terms of reference.
Mr. Braidwood knew it would be foolish, not to mention a waste of his time and taxpayers’ dollars, to make recommendations that applied only to municipal police forces.
The Mounties police 70 per cent of the province, and RCMP officers in B.C. have the highest taser use of any provincial division in the country. What would be the point of writing a report that could be ignored by those who needed to hear its message most?
In his report, made public Thursday , Mr. Braidwood came down precisely where I thought he would: All police should be able to continue using tasers but under many more restrictions. And that makes sense. At the end of the day, tasering people who are a danger is often a better alternative to shooting them.
But Mr. Braidwood wants a new threshold established for when officers can pull out their conducted-energy weapons.
The RCMP recently instituted new guidelines that state an officer can use a stun gun only when someone is a “threat to officer or public safety” or is exhibiting “assaultive behaviour.” Those parameters are too broad and open to interpretation, according to Mr. Braidwood, whose recommendations stem from the RCMP taser-related death of Robert Dziekanski in October, 2007.
We heard the officers involved in the tasering of Mr. Dziekanski, for instance, defend their actions by saying they thought the unarmed Polish immigrant was a “threat to their personal safety.”
Mr. Braidwood wants new policies in place that insist the taser not be used unless a subject is “causing bodily harm or the officer is satisfied, on reasonable grounds, that the subject’s behaviour will imminently cause bodily harm.”
But the inquiry head goes further: “Even then, an officer should not deploy the weapon unless satisfied, on reasonable grounds, that no lesser force option would be effective, and de-escalation and/or crisis intervention techniques would not be effective.”
Using those principles, it would have been much harder for the officers involved in the Dziekanski incident to justify their actions.
But as Mr. Braidwood notes, the RCMP is a federal force and not subject to B.C. statutes. It is answerable to Ottawa only, even though B.C. residents pay the Mounties salaries here. In other words, the force doesn’t have to listen to a thing Mr. Braidwood has to say if it doesn’t want to.
But Mr. Braidwood, brilliant man that he is, has given the B.C. government a way around the problem. That is, if the RCMP doesn’t voluntarily agree to implement the recommendations.
You see, the RCMP’s contract with the province is up in 2012. Mr. Braidwood has suggested the government insist the Mounties agree to implement all of commission’s recommendations regarding tasers as a condition of renewing its policing agreements with the province.
B.C. Solicitor-General Kash Heed said Thursday he has sent an order to the RCMP that it comply with the recommendations. Certainly a rare display of nerve by this government in its dealings with the force.
To his immense credit, the commissioner was pretty pointed about what he thought of the province’s handling of the taser issue. Which is to say he feels the government abdicated its responsibility to establish province-wide standards for the weapon. And if I had been writing the report I might have added: This provincial government is entirely spineless when it comes to confronting the Mounties with regard to any number of problem cases in which it has been involved in B.C.
I guess we’ll see what happens. RCMP management in B.C. told me they are going to take some time to digest the Braidwood report before commenting on the recommendations and deciding whether they’ll adopt all of them in B.C. and/or across the country. Contrary to some reports, the RCMP has not promised to implement all the recommendations, ‘E’ Division Commander Gary Bass told me Thursday.
But my feeling is the Mounties will because they really have no choice. There is a great swell of public opinion rising against them. And my guess is that public opinion will be solidly behind the many good suggestions made in Mr. Braidwood’s report.
I think the RCMP should just surrender on this one.”
A white policeman falsely arrested the renowned black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. in his home Massachusetts. Gov. Deval Patrick, once the top civil rights official in the Clinton administration and now, like Obama, the first black to hold his job, labeled Gates’s false arrest as “every black man’s nightmare.” This also happens to many white men who oppose police brutality and injustice though, me included now, The governor told reporters: “You ought to be able to raise your voice in your own house without risk of arrest.” and you can add to that the Natives now as well… EVEN IN Canada
Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. had just returned from a trip overseas and, upon arriving at the property with a driver, found his front door jammed and had to force it open. By the time police arrived at the house, he and the driver had managed to get inside the property. According to police, Prof Gates shouted at the officer and accused him of racial bias. Police Officers were called to Prof Gates’s house after a woman reported seeing two black males – the professor and his driver – trying to force entry. Prof Gates was still falsely arrested outside his home after providing the officer with identification.
As the court records will show I also was arrested and fined in the Calgary Chief of police office cause I had said out loud rightfully you cops are crooked..
In general in the more liberal society of Canada both the wife and the children tend to have much more freedom, rights, make their own decisions, over many other countries , Such as central and eastern Europe, Russia, Asia, Africa and as a result the culture shock after moving to Canada can be a very real problem for some new immigrant husbands where the husband sees his family role as being obeyed, and being the sole head of the home. Thus it’s not altogether uncommon for some of the new Canadian immigrant home situations to become unacceptably violent when the dominate husband feels his authority is being undermined. Wife beatings as a result are common, and children who witness it are severely traumatized, can develop both bitterness and hatred. And it tends to make the home matters worse where the husband now is also an alcoholic on top of all that.
In reality too Cops are not the only one who resort to violence when their authority is threatened, so do some bad pastors now too..
and we all should by now know the RCMP also do lie.. the actual number of unsolved criminal cases would be a lot higher if the police actually investigated all the citizen report they do receive. I have sat in police stations and watched the police lie and refuse complaints brought to them by the other citizens too… never mind those phoned in. I think only one of over 5 criminal complaints about the criminal abuse of me or others was ever reviewed with even, and even that one took months of complaining to the police.. and that was the charge of physical assault of me by a rogue Pentecostal pastor who punched me , in front of a witness, cause I had refused to go to his church.
Here is what I know for sure in Canada proper policing, management , supervision human rights commissions are a real fact of life, society, in schools, life, in churches, governments, commerce, institutions, civil and public services, professional services too, and elsewhere, even on the net, for you will always have those 30 percent at least of the persons who will try to cheat, lie , steal, bend the rules, falsely believe they are above the laws, Self regulation alone is too often pretentious, farcical, often not applied as well. That applies especially to the professionals, civil and public services, police, municipalities, politicians now as well..
Sergeant Mike Rutigliano with the Ontario Provincial Police “has been charged with discreditable conduct under Ontario’s Police Services Act for allegedly meeting with members of the Rizzuto crime family, led by the currently imprisoned Vito Rizzuto, in Montreal in 2002″ as reported by Anthony Reinhart for The Globe and Mail: Yesterday morning, Sgt. Rutigliano made a brief first appearance at OPP headquarters in Orillia. According to the notice of hearing issued before the proceeding, the OPP alleges Sgt. Rutigliano “arranged and attended a meeting in Montreal in 2002 with members and associates of the Rizzuto Traditional Organized Crime Group, regarding a jewellery store in Woodbridge, Ont.” The OPP has further accused the officer of giving “false and misleading” answers when he was questioned, in February of 2004, about his “relationship with Vito Rizzuto.” The notice of hearing quotes Sgt. Rutigliano as having said, “I do not know the man, I have never met the man, I have never spoken to the man, I have never communicated with the man either in writing or electronically, nor have I ever had any association with him directly, or indirectly.” The disciplinary hearing will resume on Sept. 28 in Orillia. In 2004, Rutigliano was found guilty under the PSA of discreditable conduct for making a threat to a former business associate. The OPP officer is also charged with an alleged $15 million fraud targeting Bombardier Inc.
A veteran OPP officer embroiled in a justice corruption scandal now also had helped a fraudster, wanted on a Canada-wide warrant, establish a new identify with bogus identification, including a Lithuanian passport, according to court documents. Rutigliano “offered to obtain new identification for Mavroudis,” who at the time had more than 70 criminal convictions on his record. the suspended sergeant appeared at a police disciplinary hearing in Orillia. Rutigliano has been charged with discreditable conduct under the Police Services Act for allegedly lying about a meeting with Montreal mobster Vito Rizzuto and associates. Earlier this year, Rutigliano was released on bail after he was charged with corruption and obstruction of justice offences in connection with three separate investigations. http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/681137
It is not the rapists, drunk drivers that mostly fill the courts calendars, docks rather it is mostly the revenue generating traffic tickets..