Ben Meisner, Opinion 250
Ten days pay for two off duty RCMP officers who decided to beat up a few folks when they left a bar , lied about where they were stationed and then used their position when an investigating RCMP officer was sent to the scene, just doesn’t cut it.
If we are going to have police forces complain that the judges in the country are not stiff enough in the sentences, then they had better listen to what they are saying.
One of the officers received a conditional discharge for his part in the assaults. Hopefully someone has come along to see the matter will get to the civil court.
It adds another black mark to the RCMP.
Judge Ramsay sits in jail, at least one officer escaped the net when it was ruled by the RCMP they had waited too long to have a disciplinary hearing. That hearing was for the same kind of conduct for which Ramsay is serving a 7 year sentence.
You must be careful to say that the officer in question (who was stationed in Prince George at the time of the alleged misconduct) was never criminally charged with any offence related to the matter.
To add insult to injury in the case of the liquored up Mounties who roughed up some citizens, not even the Mayor of that community was told that one of the RCMP officers that his city hired had been charged with a criminal offence.
If that wasn’t enough, the RCMP did not release the details of the “10 day without pay penalty” until such time as the media dug it out.
Ask yourself this, would the RCMP be happy if two men, trained in fighting, assaulted three police officers received a penalty of ten days without pay?
I’m Meisner and that’s one man’s opinion