Police officers need to be held accountable for their actions

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Opinion Dec 05, 2017Cambridge Times

Every so often we hear about a police officer who commits a crime or breaks a serious guideline. It happens in our region and across the province often enough that flags should be going up and serious changes made.

When it’s the police policing themselves, there seems to be a different set of rules and penalties. Many cases don’t even hit the media due to the powerful police union and the face-saving public relations department.

Having a personal involvement with police over the years, I can say the majority are excellent people. It’s the goon cops who need to be tossed and without pay.

We give our officers everything they need.

Then we hand them a retention bonus many have to work months to make.

The shooting of a man eight times on a bus (a Toronto cop) could have gotten anyone 25 years, unless of course you’re a cop.

Now we have two Toronto police officers call a Down syndrome woman “a disfigured half-person” and they laughed about it!

Why were they not fired?

In court, the officers chose to be cowards and used their lawyer to speak rather than having the stones to apologize to the family and the woman personally.

It’s no wonder many see the police “above the law and with little remorse”. Shame on these two police officers we are supposed to respect.

I hope you are hearing this Chief Bryan Larkin (of Waterloo Regional Police).

I can only hope the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario can see through the police roadblocks and special treatment as they investigate this case.

Thomas Vann





3 Responses to Police officers need to be held accountable for their actions

  1. agmarshall@rogers.com'
    Alan Marshall December 10, 2017 at 11:45 am

    For the last six years or so I’ve commented on both our Regional Police and those further afield in my second Blog (Waterloo Region Advocate). I actually get more comments on it than on the Elmira Advocate. I am truly appalled at the never ending misbehaviour and sometimes worse that happens both here in Waterloo Region and throughout Ontario. Debbie posted last summer the news regarding the class action lawsuit against the Waterloo Regional Police (I think) and she certainly posted about Kelly Donovan and her “Fit For Duty” company. Using Tommy’s acronyms, now there is a lady with stones. My hat is off to her. I agree with Thomas that the vast majority of police officers are well behaved professionals but just like teachers the odd rotten apple can spoil the reputation of all the good ones especially if they are not straightened out quickly. Your local councillor (Doner?) made a career out of protecting the bad ones.

  2. lvann_11@sympatico.ca'
    Tom Vann December 10, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    They should have been fired agm.

  3. lvann_11@sympatico.ca'
    Tom Vann January 29, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    I met with the last Chief Matt for an hour about 3-4 years ago and we spoke of being above the law and their budget. Accountability and the message, “To protect and Serve”. Nothing changed, the beat goes on. The Police votes helps politicians get elected as does the Fire dept. union. One hand washes and protects the other at the publics cost. Does anyone actually think the politicians will demand massive change. This will be all kept in house and crumbs will be offered. Our system is corrupt to the core and Larkin will act concerned in the media but will spin a different web behind doors. Things have a way of repeating. Democracy, free speech equality…are you kidding me.

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