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Lv - female — well-educated — hard working. With co-offenders attempted to rob butchers shop — stood at door while co-offender threatened employee with knife — customers in shop — offenders left when owner produced larger knife — degree of planning. Only issue on appeal was parity. Admitted offence immediately - supportive family network - favourable prospects of rehabilitation — drug abuse. With co-offender approached male at bus station — co-offender assaulted victim by head-butting, punching and kicking whilst V on ground - offender stood by and watched — joint criminal enterprise — assisted co-offender in removing victim's bag.
Public Defenders. Page Content. Robbery - Armed - Single - s. Tran 18 A Crim R s. Married with children. Assistance to authorities. Impressive subjective features — good prospects of rehabilitation On appeal sentence not full time custodial because of delay in appeal and impressive rehabilitation.
Drug abuse. Kane 28 A Crim R s. Lengthy; in custody for last 4 years — breached conditional liberty In company, entered elderly couple's home and took female's handbag — bag found with contents intact DV background — heart condition caused by drug use — now on methadone and motivated to deal with addiction DV 22  NSWCCA s. Brown A Crim R s. Troubled background with physical and sexual abuse — extensive history of substance abuse — suffering mental condition at time of offence Field 28  NSWCCA 13 s.
Good character. Suffering very serious injury requiring drugs — suicidal SJ failed to take into account mental state. Y - depressive condition- genuinely remorseful- high prospects of rehabilitation- full-time employment S - severe depressive condition —good prospects for rehabilitation Lang 19  NSWCCA 29 s. Difficult upbringing - genuine remorse -initiative taken by offender to rehabilitate — attempt to commence tertiary studies — Aboriginal — social disadvantage White 36  NSWCCA s. Dishonesty, drugs, Armed Robbery.
On parole. With 2 co-offenders approached 22y man at train station - grabbed victim's mobile phone — threatened victim grabbing by shirt and neck - requested driver's license to record personal details. Drug abuse — aboriginal — deprived, dysfunctional background - risk of institutionalisation Last updated: Copyright and Disclaimer.
Website accessibility. MV theft, drugs, mal damage, dishonesty — no previous custody — second offence breached bail for first offence. MT 3y AT 1y. AA FT 2y. Tran 18 A Crim R Replica pistol. MT 3y AT 2y. BES, possess prohibited plant. MT 1y 10m AT 2y 2m. Syringe filled with red liquid. Drug and drug related offences. Drug addict. Attempted to rob pharmacy attended by 70y female — threatened to cut her with knife and forced open till — left when victim's husband approached. MT 2y 4m AT 9m. MT 4y AT 3y. MT 7y 10m AT 2y 7m.
Armed rob in company Qld , dishonesty, drugs, possess firearms — previous custody. MT 3y AT 2y 6m. Blood filled syringe. Extensive — dishonesty, mal injury, drugs, assaults, steal from person — much previous custody. MT 6y AT 2y. Brothers together approached 19y male and forced him into back seat of his car — drove around to several locations and robbed victim of property. MT 18m AT 2y. MT 6m AT 3y 6m. MT 3y AT 3y. MT 2y 6m AT 10m. MT 7m 7d AT 18m. Crown AD. One prior not specified. Took taxi with two acquaintances believing they would pay fare — during trip acquaintances produced knife and syringe and robbed driver — failed to report offence to police — next day took part in robbery of second taxi driver with same acquaintance — received money for drugs History of drug abuse — seriously assault in custody — difficult background.
MT 18m AT 2y 6m. Female — approached taxi driver with small folding knife and demanded money — struggled with victim and nearby security guard Difficult background — at time of offence under influence of drugs after distressing personal news — pregnant at time of sentence. Robbed jewellery shop armed with knife in company of co-offender — left in stolen car — some degree of planning.
MT 3y 6m AT 2y 6m. AA 3y 6m NPP 2y. MT 4y 6m AT 1y 6m. AA 6y NPP 3y. MT 2y AT 2y. Borrowed jumper and beanie, walked from local party and attempted to rob service station - unable to open register after attendant fled - offence committed at night Personality disorder — substance abuse — vulnerable in prison. MT 3y 8m AT 1y 6m. AA 5y NPP 2y 9m. Robbed service station staffed alone by middle aged woman at 8pm - held knife against chest of victim Parents strongly influential in fostering offender's attitude to crime - Aboriginal with deprived background.
AA 2y 6m NPP 1y 4m. Robbed service station pursuant to plan formed with three co-offenders — offender existed service station to find other offenders left and forced to flee on foot — arrested over a year later Readily confessed and assisted — prospects of support and rehabilitation. Threatened and robbed taxi driver with knife — left without money when alarm activated — threatened arresting police officers with wood Long history of personality disturbance and drug abuse.
Arranged with co-offender to rob friend of his car at gunpoint — co-offender approached offender and victim then forced victim to drive off in car with co-offender — maintained facade of non-involvement with victim and police — car later found burned out — planner and initiator of offence. Drove co-offenders to and from armed robbery of service station — employee threatened with machete — offender aware of weapon — significant criminality as driver fully aware of offence. Female — jumped out of car and grabbed bag from female pedestrian — victim surrendered two bags when she saw scissors Drug user seeking money for drugs — prospects of rehabilitation.
Robbed shop causing superficial injuries to proprietor. AA 4y NPP 2y. Broke into various commercial premises to steal money — robbed bank using knife — jumped counter and threatened female teller holding knife to throat — left knife behind 'for fingerprints' and made admissions to sister — mid-range offence Alcohol problems — risk of institutionalisation — traumatic childhood — need for extended supervision.
Tied up victim in own home - threat to kill — demanded money and jewellery. AA 6y 8m NPP 5y. Approached female at ATM, placed her in headlock, threatened her with knife and demanded money — victim pulled to ground - offender ran off when she struggled and screamed Disturbed childhood — some prospects of rehabilitation. Through window saw ladies in back room of escort agency counting money - spontaneous decision to rob them using timber found in backyard. AA 2y 6m NPP 1y 3m. Robbed commercial premises with younger brother — threatened victim with screwdriver — unplanned offence Aboriginal with deprived background — juvenile brother received non- custodial sentence.
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Approached mother with young children at ATM — placed knife to throat of 9y daughter — took money and left Suffering schizophrenia. With co-offender woke up passenger on train and demanded money using threat of syringe — took mobile phone — later that night demanded money from male Protective custody.
Robbed taxi driver with de facto — victim suffered slight cut to chin — stole taxi Recent death of child resulted in drug addiction for both offenders — good prospects of rehabilitation — traumatic upbringing and psychological problems. AA 4y NPP 2y 6m. Aboriginal woman robbed shop in company with co-offender — co-offender more significant role Drug addiction — possible brain damage — dysfunctional life — mother of young son.
Attempted to rob news agency — left without money when female called out for husband — left in stolen vehicle Prior good character — shattered by tragic death of girlfriend - rehabilitation. Pointed gun at 17y schoolboy and searched schoolbag for mobile phone. Robbed newsagency while disguised and screaming abuse Troubled childhood led to early drug abuse — failed to comply with Griffiths remand to assist drug rehabilitation. AA 3y 4m NPP 2y 2m. Robbed service station using balaclava and blood filled syringe — limited planning Long term addiction — genuine contrition.
Flatmates robbed pizza delivery man and took car — met with third person to remove stereo system — equal culpability Exceptional circumstances for both offenders included difficult and violent childhoods, depressive and psychological illness, severe financial problems and evidence of rehabilitation. Conviction AD. Waited in car for female victim — pushed object into her back telling her it was a gun — forced her into restaurant and stole money.
PG AA 4y 1m NPP 2y 3m. Robbed female with knife — grabbed bag and pushed victim to ground Failure to take into account pre-sentence custodial rehabilitation. AA 6y 6m NPP 4y 10m. Telephoned police and advised of robbery — entered post office and attempted robbery — threatened man with knife Co-operated with police — preferred to return to custody. Dodd A Crim R Robbed male in own home in company with juvenile co-offender. AA 3y NPP 15m. With co-offender approached Asian couple in park — demanded and received money — produced knives and threatened victims — male cut on hand and cheek — stole more cash Refugee from Sudan with no parents — evidence of rehabilitation — parity.
One of group of men who approached victim in car — victim punched and kicked by offender and another — car keys and phone taken from victim — one of two men who entered unit and threatened occupants with dumbbell and knife picked up in unit — stole property Disadvantaged childhood — some evidence of rehabilitation prospects. Armed with baseball bat and in company of 2 co-offenders robbed liquor store — left in stolen car Disturbed and dysfunctional family background.
With co-offender robbed service station — similar offence committed four days earlier Intellectual disability — sentence inadequate but crown unable to show suitable arrangements can be made for vulnerability at periodic detention. Entered bakery seeking money for food Profoundly affected by death of father — early drug addiction — reasonable prospects of rehabilitation. AA 5y NPP 3y 6m. Attempted to rob female operator of service station in early hours of morning — left without money as car pulled up Appeal against effect of accumulation to existing sentence. Entered car of female and threatened her with knife — impulsive offence Genuine contrition — protective custody — family support — need for early treatment for psychotic illness.
AA 4y 3m NPP 3y 2m. Appalling record. Waited in car while co-offender followed female from club and robbed her of handbag using knife Insufficient discount for assistance against co-offender. Robbed store Drug addiction — genuine remorse — good prospects of rehabilitation. Entered convenience store with female partner with intention to rob — left with no money. Crown AD Sentence inadequate but dismissed due to Crown delay. Robbery - on parole. Kane 28 A Crim R Knife and brick. Robbed TAB at night armed with knife and brick — threats of violence Heroin abuse.
AA 3y NPP 2y. Syringe filled with blood. Prior convictions for less serious offences. Female - robbed hairdresser Dysfunctional childhood and personal background — borderline personality disorder and major depression — failure to give appropriate reduction for mental illness.
FT 12m. Toy gun. Breached parole — lengthy record — spent most of adult life in custody. Robbed pharmacy using toy gun Evidence of rehabilitation — assistance to authorities — proposed release to full time residential program — failure to provide appropriate supervision upon release from custody prior to commission of offence — delay in Crown appeal. Two offenders wearing balaclavas robbed bottle shop — offender prodded male employee with knife Some evidence of drug rehabilitation. Cox said the RCMP's response to each admission of a crime varies and is dealt with on case by case.
This allows the privacy commissioner to express any concerns. Valerie Lawton, a spokeswoman for the office, said this week that she was not aware of any concerns that her office has had in recent years with the RCMP's disclosures. She added that job applicants are informed of what the consequences might be if they admit to a serious crime during the recruitment process.
Before applicants do the questionnaire and polygraph, they have to sign a consent form acknowledging that if they admit to having committed a serious criminal offence, that information could be passed on to law enforcement or some other authority, such as a child-protection agency, for investigation. Yet, they still do it. Christopher Brinnen was handed an absolute discharge for punching Kyle Nelson in the face outside a Kelowna nightclub in February Brinnen was on duty with other officers outside the club when Nelson, 24, started taunting them.
When Nelson fled, Brinnen chased him down and punched him in the face. In her ruling, the judge said any conditions she would have put on Brinnen, including anger management courses and community work, have already been completed by the officer. Nelson's mother, Heather Nelson, said she is disappointed by the ruling.
But Brinnen's lawyer, Neville McDougall, says his client has already suffered from media attention and a reduction of income when he was forced to go on administrative duty for two months. Brinnen returned to active duty on April 2. Mounties disciplined for bad behaviour Cases of impaired driving, watching porn and sex with prostitutes described in report By Kathleen Harris, CBC News April 24, RCMP officers have been reprimanded for impaired driving, careless use of firearms, using the force's computers to access pornographic websites and cavorting with prostitutes, according to the Mounties' most recent disciplinary report.
In the last reporting period for , 65 regular and civilian members faced formal discipline hearings; 13 of them resigned from the RCMP and one was dismissed. Other code of conduct violations included using excessive force, having sex in an unmarked RCMP vehicle and filing false overtime claims. RCMP spokeswoman Sgt. Julie Gagnon said an officer or civilian member can be subject to criminal proceedings as well as formal discipline for code of conduct breaches. There were also cases of informal disciplinary incidents that warranted corrective or remedial actions such as counselling, special training or increased supervision.
Those include incidents such as publicly criticizing the force, uttering threats, uniform or dress violations, disobeying orders or oaths, or disgraceful conduct. The RCMP has been under intense criticism after widespread complaints from female officers about sexual harassment in the forces began to emerge last November. Commissioner Bob Paulson vowed that tackling the problem would be his top priority when he was appointed just weeks later. Gagnon said the RCMP is also working to update the broader complaint and disciplinary system. The annual report, which was released in February, is the third published after a government directive in designed to make the disciplinary process more transparent and accountable.
The directive to overhaul the process by then-public safety minister Stockwell Day also called for national standardization of policies and protocols and more thorough monitoring and coordination of files. It also required the RCMP to give the government notice of any major disciplinary cases. The disciplinary process was criticized recently by British Columbia RCMP Deputy Commissioner Craig Callens, who called it "absolute madness" that it is so difficult to dismiss or suspend a member without pay. He called for more local management control over who is hired and fired.
The disciplinary report shows there have been anywhere from 61 to new formal disciplinary cases recorded in the last 11 years. A constable was dismissed for sexual assault and inappropriate comments of a sexual nature; reporting for duty while under the influence of alcohol. David Johnston handed Akwesasne Mohawk police Const. Michael Biron the medal last Friday for putting his own life at risk to attempt to rescue an elderly couple after a van collided with their car on Nov. The award is contentious because Biron had been the driver of a police vehicle in pursuit of the driver of the van, who was suspected of smuggling cigarettes.
Equally troubling for residents in the community is that six months ago, Biron was involved in a second police chase that ended with the death of a young couple. In the incident, Biron was in pursuit of the suspected cigarette smuggler when the suspect's van collided with a car. Both vehicles burst into flames. Canada Border Services officer Yves Soumillon also responded to the crash from the Canadian port of entry on Cornwall Island, just metres from the crash site.
Biron and Soumillon rushed to the car and tried to open its damaged doors and save Edward and Eileen Kassian, both from Massena, N. They were unable to rescue the year-old couple before flames engulfed the vehicle. The driver of the van also died. Michael Kassian, the couple's son, called the award an injustice for his family and their friends. New York State Democratic congressman Bill Owens said that based on the Kassian family concerns, he is contacting Ottawa to find out why the award was given to Biron. Timmy Currier, the chief of police for Massena and a neighbour of the Kassians, said he believes Biron stepped over the line.
In the Kassians case, their death was avoidable," said Currier. In the incident, year-old Amber Aliff was driving her car with two passengers when they ran a stop sign. Biron set off in a brief pursuit from the Mohawk territory and into New York State but broke off the pursuit at an intersection.
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Residents of Akwesasne have started a petition to remove Biron from the police force. In a joint statement released Thursday, the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Commission and the Akwesasne police said Biron was nominated for the award without their knowledge or involvement.
They said they would not be providing comment on "a process in which they did not participate. Michael Kassian said he was never contacted about the award, and said if he had been, he would not have endorsed any award for Biron. The video shows the last moments of Paul Boyd, a year-old mentally ill animator, who died after an altercation with Vancouver police in August Boyd can be seen on his hands and knees on Granville Street, moving toward Const.
Lee Chipperfield, who is pointing a gun. The view is briefly obscured when Boyd crawls in front of a car, and Chipperfield fires the last of nine shots at him. The fatal bullet struck Boyd in the head. The disturbing video is the only one known to be recorded of the incident. It was captured by Andreas Bergen, a tourist from Winnipeg, who was visiting Vancouver with friends. At the time, Bergen didn't think his shaky, dimly lit video was valuable because there were dozens of witnesses closer to the scene than he was.
But in March of this year, B. I don't think it was necessary to shoot Paul. Especially not eight times. And especially not in the head. The video also doesn't show Boyd absorbing punches from police, blows from their batons and even several bullets fired to his midsection, yet not giving up. Although Chipperfield told investigators he thought Boyd was on his feet when he fired the fatal shot, a psychologist who was consulted by the police complaint commissioner theorized that the stress of the incident rendered the officer "inattentionally blind.
But after seeing the video, David Boyd said he believes Chipperfield should be removed from active duty, if not taken off the force. He was firing at an unarmed, injured man, at the time. Boyd said he appreciates for the first time how easily a bystander could have been injured by police gunfire. Chipperfield fired nine shots in total, but six bullets passed through Paul Boyd's body and one missed completely.
Chipperfield, really. I'm sorry for him, really, if anything. I would hate to be in his skin right now, knowing what he's done. Civil Liberties Association, said the video should lead authorities to re-examine whether the final shot was justified. There is a lull of 23 seconds between the eighth and ninth shots, during which time another officer managed to grab the bike chain Boyd had been wielding. But Eby said the video makes it clear to him that Boyd posed no threat to anyone before the final shot. Lowe told CBC News that the video "appears to be a very important piece of evidence … I think probably the Criminal Justice Branch would be very interested in having a view.
Paulson, who has held the top job at the force for six months, pledged to work on modernizing the disciplinary process, which can now take years to resolve a case. Paulson's comments come as public confidence in the force has been badly shaken by damaging reports of disgraceful conduct by some officers — conduct that often went unpunished. Six months ago, a CBC News investigation revealed allegations of a widespread culture of sexual harassment that allowed unacceptable behaviour to continue within the RCMP. Several current and former female officers in the force have since made similar allegations.
Don Ray in Edmonton was demoted and will be transferred to B. Some wondered why the officer wasn't fired. Paulson noted that "sometimes, [unacceptable] behaviour is met with punishment that just does not cut it. Paulson also decried what he called the "administratively burdensome and bureaucratic decision-making process" that can see discipline cases tied up for years.
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His punishment included losing a rank and 10 days pay and a transfer from Alberta to British Columbia. The commissioner says all future disciplinary transfers will be reviewed. I feel as though the organization is under threat right now, and my primary duty is to protect Canadians and to protect the RCMP. I expect salacious and troubling details of member misconduct to surface and be the source of much criticism of the force. Hang in there and try not to let these stories interfere with the tremendous work you do every day on behalf of Canadians. Minister of Justice and Attorney General Shirley Bond said the review was ordered to ensure that British Columbians have confidence in their police.
The video didn't capture the entire event in which Boyd — who was suffering from bipolar disorder and paranoia — fought with police, striking two officers with a bicycle chain and lock. Was the killing of Paul Boyd an appropriate use of deadly force? The video further tarnishes the much-discredited system the province depends on to oversee police. Civil Liberties Association president. The failure of the VPD to control the scene and canvass witnesses for evidence is very troubling.
Once again a B. As late as Monday, deputy police complaints commissioner Rollie Woods was insisting there was no reason to reopen the case. What unmitigated gall. In both case, the videos exposed the misconduct by making blatant the attempts to hide or minimize fatal police errors. It is staggering that the VPD, the branch and the complaints commissioner mishandled this case while those inquiries were dominating the media.
A talented and well-loved animator who suffered from bipolar disorder, the year-old Boyd was shot dead by Vancouver Police constable Lee Chipperfield. First, no independent third-party investigation occurred — the VPD did it. Boyd was struck and knocked down or partly knocked down by seven shots, he continued to get up and advance or attempt to get up and advance on the officer after each shot.
Twenty-three seconds after the fusillade, one more rang out. The police union defended Chipperfield as making a hard, tough decision in the face of a threatening man who was terrorizing the public. The question is why 23 seconds later, the delusional man was shot again — the final round, a bullet to his head. Chipperfield, who joined the force in , testified that he opened fire to stop Boyd from advancing toward several officers, failing to obey commands to drop his weapon and get down on the ground. He said he shot Boyd in the head because he kept getting up, advancing toward police and he thought he was wearing a bulletproof vest.
His testimony was contradicted by other officers and the pathologist who said Boyd was most likely on his knees when hit by the final bullet. The CJB release suggested Chipperfield could reasonably have feared for his safety. Watch the video. Boyd had been disarmed and pumped full of lead; he was on his hands and knees hemorrhaging.
Chipperfield had 23 seconds to assess the threat. Count to It is a long time: The Boston Bruins scored three goals in 20 seconds. Watch the video, and ask yourself if the final shot was an appropriate use of deadly force or an execution? Mistakes made in fatal shooting, former B. The incident ended after police fired a ninth shot, which hit Boyd in the head and killed him. The minister of justice made the correct call here," Heed said.
The cellphone video was shot by Andreas Bergen, of Winnipeg, who brought it to the attention of CBC News after becoming concerned when he read reports about the outcome of the investigations into the incident. Boyd can be seen in the video, crawling slowly on all fours toward Const. Lee Chipperfield, who fired the fatal round. Heed said a well-trained officer would not have fired that shot under the circumstances. Vancouver police chief apologizes for shooting CBC News May 31, Vancouver police Chief Jim Chu has apologized to the family of a man shot dead by an officer in and says the department will fully cooperate with the new investigation into the death.
Paul Boyd was killed by an officer on Granville Street in August after he attacked officers with a bicycle chain. It was later learned he was suffering from a psychotic incident at the time Several investigations cleared the officer of any wrongdoing, but after CBC News uncovered a cell phone recording showing Boyd crawling on his hands and feet moments before he was shot, a new investigation by a special team of police from Alberta was ordered by the province.
Chu pointed out there has already been four reviews of Boyd's death. But he said the new video justified another investigation and the VPD would cooperate fully. It was very troubling to see that. Lee Chipperfield, the officer who shot and killed Boyd has also been pulled from frontline duty and has undergone new training and consultation with psychology experts, said Chu. He has since been assigned to the forensic identification unit, said Chu.
Suspended B. The charge was ultimately stayed, and psychologists have attributed the year-old's behaviour to post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of attending a "horrific" suicide scene. Holdenried says he's been left in limbo — a victim of the RCMP's desire to look like it's being tough on "bad apples.
I am a good person who is trusted and respected and loved by those who know me. I have struggled for two years to deal with this, and it's damaged my family. Possible sanctions could include "reprimand, loss of up to 10 days pay, demotion and dismissal. He appealed his suspension without pay in Federal Court and filed a complaint to the Canadian Human Rights Commission claiming the RCMP "failed to accommodate him and his disability, post-traumatic stress disorder, when it took a disciplinary approach to conduct caused by disability.
He says publicity around the case has devastated his family and made it impossible for him to find other work while he appeals his suspension without pay. Holdenried feels he's been dealt with harshly — especially compared to other high-profile cases of RCMP misconduct like a recent decision to demote and transfer a member who had sex with subordinates and exposed himself to a co-worker.
So if I had drove while impaired and been caught — I'm not sure I'd be sitting here today with the story I have," he says. He left a job at Ikea, where he worked for years as a manager, to pursue a dream of policing. His father was a police officer, and he says he always dreamed of public service. One supervisor told her to lock her drawer, and at another point, she considered leaving a note for the thief to see. Instead, supervisors mounted a camera above the desk and an electronic sensor on the drawer, in which they placed a steadily increasing amount of change.
On three occasions, the camera caught Holdenried removing a total of nine toonies and four loonies. He was interviewed on Dec. Holdenried spent hours in the room, taking dozens of pictures of the scene and the wounds. And it could be the smallest trigger and then I'd be in that room, smelling the smells and seeing what I had dealt with on that day. He started binging on junk food and drinking as much six litres of pop a day. Holdenried's psychological condition following the discovery of the horrific suicide," Hancock wrote. Holdenried in the spring or summer of , I would without a doubt have suggested that he consider a stress leave from work.
Teal Maedel wrote her report without meeting Holdenried. She says that while it is clear he may be suffering from work-related symptoms of PTSD, "it is very difficult to say with certainty that post-traumatic stress disorder was the causal factor in Holdenried's thefts. Last month, a Federal Court judge refused to hear his request for judicial review of that decision because he hasn't exhausted the internal RCMP grievance process. But his lawyer argued that could take up to three years. And he apologized to the constable whose change he took, offering to make restitution. I've made my apologies.
I've dealt with the criminal case which resulted in a stay of proceedings. I've done everything that's been asked of me and more to correct this as much as I can. What I would expect is accommodation. He notes that a Crown counsel also recently contacted him to testify in connection with a criminal case he investigated while still on duty. Commissioner Bob Paulson recently wrote an open letter to Canadians vowing to speed up the force's disciplinary process.
Holdenried says he applauds any attempt to do that, but he says it has to be accompanied by attempts to understand the problems members face. But there's so much more to this than simply a discipline issue," he says. But they don't want to hear it. It doesn't matter. But it matters to me and other people who find themselves in this situation — it's going to matter to them. And any adjustment to a discipline process has to take that into account. The original version of the article posted below referred to Cpl. Benjamin Monty Robinson as a "bad apple", but that phrase was removed from this revised version.
I am certain that the RCMP prefer to label Robinson as bad apple to deflect attention away from the real problem, which as I write in the main article above, is the rotten barrel of police training and culture. Mountie resigns before sentencing CBC News July 20, A disgraced RCMP officer who was found guilty in connection with a traffic fatality and was involved in the death of Robert Dziekanski quit the force, just as his sentencing hearing opened in Vancouver.
Benjamin Monty Robinson was found guilty in March of obstruction of justice following a collision in Delta, B. On Friday morning just as the sentencing hearing for the disgraced corporal was getting underway in B. Callens said he would have preferred to fire Robinson, but he immediately signed his discharge instead. As a private citizen, he is no longer subject to any disciplinary actions under the RCMP Act; however, he is still subject to the ongoing criminal matters," he said. Robinson was facing an internal Code of Conduct investigation and was suspended from the RCMP with pay since the collision.
But an RCMP spokesperson couldn't clarify who was paying Robinson's legal bills and exactly how much Robinson had been costing the force. At the sentencing hearing Crown prosecutors asked for a sentence of three to nine months jail time or a to month conditional sentence for Robinson, while his own lawyers asked for a three- to six-month conditional sentence. Robinson, who was off-duty at the time of the accident, left the scene before police arrived and went home to consume more alcohol, although he returned to the scene a short time later.
At the trial, Justice Janice Dillon dismissed Robinson's defence in which he had claimed he had walked to his Delta, B. By drinking after the accident, there was no way police could determine if he had been impaired prior to it. Dillon also concluded Robinson had lied to Delta police officers who came to the crash scene, understating how much he had been drinking at a party just before the crash. Hutchinson, who died at the scene, was also found to have consumed alcohol before the crash. Dillon said she would impose a sentence on Robinson July Earlier, Hutchinson's father read out a victim impact statement to court.
Glen Hutchinson described becoming mentally unbalanced after his son's death. He said he lost his career and his relationships with his daughter and wife. He said he has tried to take his own life several times. And then you do the exact same thing and worse, and then you lie about it and you have no remorse for it and you continue to lie. You won't stand up and take responsibility for your own actions. Robinson was in charge of the team of officers who dealt with the disturbed and frenetic Dziekanski by quickly stunning him repeatedly with a Taser.
Sentencing submissions in the obstruction case could go all day Friday and the judge might reserve her decision following that. The Crown and the defence are expected to put forward arguments on the length of sentence that should be imposed. Vancouver officers face probe for not warning woman of murder tip before her death By Mike Hager, Vancouver Sun August 8, Two Vancouver police officers will face an external investigation into allegations they neglected their duty by failing to warn a Surrey murder victim she was at risk of being killed.
Tasha Rossette, 21, was found stabbed to death five days after a confidential informant tipped police that her boyfriend intended to kill her. She was four months pregnant with his child and had a three-year-old daughter at the time of the November murder. Craig Bentley received the tip and told his supervisor Staff Sgt. John Grywinski, but the two decided to continue investigating it before notifying Rossette. Both were working with the Integrated Gang Task Force at the time. Her boyfriend, Amjad Khan, the man named by the informant, and Naim Mohammed Saghir, his alleged accomplice, were charged a year after Rossette was found in her Surrey apartment by her horrified twin sister.
Her throat was slashed and she had been stabbed more than 40 times. The Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner requested more information about the dismissal and ordered the police to revisit the allegations. Eighteen months later, the OPCC said it could not even determine if anyone was actively investigating the allegations and ordered an external police department to begin a separate review. Bentley and Grywinski had argued that, after being cleared of any wrongdoing in an internal investigation, the OPCC had no jurisdiction to re-evaluate their conduct using the same facts.
Supreme Court Justice Laura Gerow chided the officers for waiting so long before filing a petition to stop the external review into their conduct. Supreme Court jury found Khan and Saghir guilty as charged, but a September appeal overturned their murder convictions and a new trial is set to begin next January. VPD officer faces hearing for pushing disabled woman CBC News August 8, A disciplinary hearing is scheduled to begin Wednesday for a Vancouver police officer who pushed a disabled woman to the ground two years ago.
A surveillance video shows Const. Taylor Robinson shoving Sandy Davidsen on a Hastings Street sidewalk in June , then walking away with two other Vancouver police members. Davidsen suffers from multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy. However, the charges were later stayed and he was ordered to complete an alternative measures program. Earlier this year, Robinson was found to be in abuse of authority and neglect of duty. Robinson would be suspended for a number of days. A decision is not expected for several weeks. RCMP emails reveal tension as force faces changes CBC News August 10, RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson's pledge to restore public confidence in the national police force — following a number of high-profile scandals — has created tension among some members, who feel he is lumping all officers into the same category, a recent email exchange obtained by CBC News reveals.
But the head of the organization says change is necessary and it requires "all hands on deck. Paulson has been vocal about the need to rid the force of its "bad apples" and the government recently introduced legislation to give the commissioner more powers to discipline or fire those who give the force a bad name. Staff Sgt. Tim Chad, however, wrote to Paulson saying trust is missing between officers and senior managers, who are trying to create a new culture within the RCMP when only a few are to blame for its woes.
Chad also said the RCMP senior executive committee is pursuing changes to benefits without proper consultation with employees. Paulson responded by suggesting that Chad is "living under a rock" if he thinks that the RCMP does not require an "all hands on deck" approach to restoring the public's trust. Paulson stuck by his comments in an interview with CBC News and said the RCMP troubles didn't start with recent accusations of sexual harassment but go back years, including a pension scandal and the Taser-related death of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski at Vancouver International Airport.
The RCMP is facing a number of lawsuits from women who allege they were subject to harassment and bullying on the job. One class-action suit has been filed by hundreds of current and former Mounties. A lot of people do but not everybody does. Mike Casault, from the RCMP's staff relations program, said he has heard similar complaints from other officers but said it is due largely to the widespread changes coming to the organization.
Along with the changes to the way officers are disciplined, the RCMP announced it would overhaul employee health, disability and support services to reduce costs. Mounties are dealing with a number of unknowns and many are looking for clarity about what's in store, he said. Paulson was promoted to commissioner in November of last year and pledged to transform the RCMP to restore morale within the force and trust with Canadians.
The recent sexual harassment allegations by female officers are only the tip of the iceberg, Kennedy said. His letter follows an earlier email exchange between Paulson and another critical B. Tim Chad. When the Citizen called the North Vancouver Detachment to speak with Kennedy, a reporter was told the officer was not working Monday.
There is bullying, intimidation, exclusion, veiled threats and more. What image are you trying to protect. That ship has passed and sunk But words will not help this organization in any way. Never have and never will. I have seen many commissioners come and go They used all the right words also. None have measured up to what a police officer should be or even the way one should behave. But things appear to have come to a head following allegations by female officers of widespread sexual harassment within the force.
Paulson, whose mandate upon appointment included the restoration of confidence, has vowed to clean up the force with a call for a cultural change. But his efforts have not been met with universal acclaim among the rank and file, some of whom believe the problem lies with the managers. CHAD was trying to tell you, there is a trust issue between management and its members. They are not being engaged. A man asking for a little understanding and help, was bullied by the very person who is supposed to help not only him but all of us.
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This email would be somewhat acceptable if it had been written by an angry teenager. However it was written by a 25 year member of the RCMP that should have better leadership skills You are at this point a man of words only. The Re-Sergeance Alliance announced itself in an anonymously written email to media outlets this week. Several female members have filed lawsuits alleging harassment at work, as well.
He believes proposed changes to the RCMP Act will bring accountability to the internal disciplinary process and will make it easier for him to fire Mounties who commit crimes. Paulson wrote in an open letter to Canadians in May. Paulson responded in kind. Peter Kennedy, who is based in North Vancouver. You are at this point a man of words only…. Management keeps failing with a big fat F. They also call into question Mr. Paulson was unavailable for comment Wednesday. Webster with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia, the body that regulates the profession in the province.
Reached at his office on Denman Island, on B. RCMP brass have expressed their displeasure with him before. He will offer his services free of charge, he said. He noted that one of the support group members is Peter Kennedy, the North Vancouver corporal who recently criticized Mr.
Webster acknowledged he has a relationship with the Re-Sergeance Alliance, as well. They are real RCMP members, he insisted, not frauds. Vancouver police officer filmed kicking handcuffed man CBC News August 16, Vancouver police have launched an investigation after one of their officers was caught on CBC video kicking a restrained and handcuffed suspect in the chest.
He then ran around a residential neighbourhood in his underwear in what police have called "an apparent bad reaction to drugs". The B. Civil Liberties Association says the officer's actions are borderline criminal, and shows that the Vancouver Police Department has not learned from other recent high-profile cases involving excessive force.
The incident happened at p. PT Wednesday night at the corner of 15th and Fir Street in the Shaughnessy area, when police cars swooped into the upscale neighbourhood. Police were responding to a call about a robbery at a store and reports that a man was taking off his clothes and trying to enter a home. The circumstances leading up to the incident are unclear, but police can be seen arresting a man in his underwear, asking him if he has a gun, and questioning him about drugs.
In the video, the man, in handcuffs, does not appear to put up a struggle. But as a CBC producer films the scene, a plainclothes officer kicks him in the chest, with enough force to snap the suspect's head back. He then falls to one side, still handcuffed. The Abbotsford Police Department has also been asked to conduct an external investigation of the incident.
Police say the suspect, Felton, was taken to Vancouver General Hospital on Wednesday night, treated for a drug overdose, and returned to police custody. He has been charged with one count of robbery. The letter, obtained by Postmedia News, is the latest salvo against RCMP leadership by disgruntled officers, who say their concerns are not being addressed. Loren Chaplin writes that the force "needs to be burnt to the ground, metaphorically speaking, and either resurrected from the ashes with clear new focus and direction His staff says he is currently away on summer leave.
Marc Richer, a national spokesman in Ottawa, said in an e-mail that the "obsession with making public these intended private communications only serves to undermine the majority of hard working members who are dedicated to the well-being of the communities they serve and safety of all Canadians. It is a situation where all have a contribution to make so that over time the situation improves.
On July 30, Staff Sgt. Tim Chad of the Ridge Meadows RCMP wrote to the commissioner saying that he and his colleagues were tired of being talked down to as if they were a "bunch of screw ups" and that reforms within the force are being carried out without proper consultation and instead being "forced upon us.
Paulson replied in an e-mail that Chad was "living under a rock if you think that our current situation Paulson acknowledged that changes are underway to the way health care is managed but that benefits will not decrease. Changes to the disciplinary process will still be carried out with the "greatest respect for due process," he added. After that e-mail exchange went public, Peter Kennedy, a veteran Mountie in North Vancouver, sent a letter to Paulson accusing him of being arrogant and condescending to Chad.
They are not being engaged," he wrote. When the commissioner was appointed in November, he inherited a "maelstrom of problems that he's had to sit down and work his way through. Mike Casault, a member of the national executive of the RCMP's staff relations program, said Thursday he's not certain that the letters and the blog are necessarily indicative of a groundswell of discontent in the force.
But there are lots who go about their daily work. They just want to do a good job and go home safe. Rob Creasser, a spokesman for the Mounted Police Professional Association, a group of officers seeking the right to collective bargaining, said he believes the letters and the anonymous blog reflect widespread distrust in the senior mangers to create "meaningful change" in the force. Select your role to explore all related content. The School provides content and resources on a wide array of topics in local government and judicial administration in North Carolina.
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