Apr 16, 2013 Uncategorized Leave a comment
In the last few days, you’ve probably heard about the Rahtaeh Parson’s case and the Nova Scotia RCMP’s alleged poor handling and unwillingness to get involved. I believe that they didn’t do their job right, but I also don’t have all the facts. No matter what, it was a tragedy that I believe could have been avoided with just a little more police involvement. I also believe that the RCMP needs our support so they can do that little bit more without feeling like they are going to be persecuted.
But that’s not the worst of it. The Nova Scotia RCMP are humans and entitled to make mistakes, even tragic ones. But to do so on a regular basis raises the question of whether they really care at all or not. Here’s a few things I’ve heard on CBC this morning:
- A senior with diminished mental capacity was allegedly being held captive and defrauded by her relative, Gail Benoit and Dana Bailey, a couple known to police for animal abuse and various other charges, but the police won’t proceed with charges against the couple because she’s, “not mentally competent to stand in court.” So those people who can’t defend themselves can’t get police help because…they can’t defend themselves. (Family of a Nova Scotian woman speak out against how she was treated by a couple who moved into her house – Tuesday April 16, 2013 CBC Radio)
- Nicole Doucet Ryan, who was being threatened and abused by her husband, was denied help by the RCMP several times, to the point where she took justice into her own hands. She tried to hire a ‘hit-man’. The RCMP were more than willing to set her up for the fall for doing that. So, the Nova Scotia RCMP won’t help you, but if you try to help yourself, they will set you up and arrest you.
- In the case of Rahtaeh Parson’s, the public has consistently asked for, even demanded, help for Rahtaeh when she was alive and after. First it was her and her family, then friends, then people on the Internet, then Anonymous. The Nova Scotia RCMP maintained that there was nothing more they could have done, until Anonymous simply asked them to do the job that it only took Anonymous 2 hours on-line to do. Then the Nova Scotia RCMP started to threaten Anonymous and anyone who might leak the names on the Internet. So, the Nova Scotia RCMP not only won’t help you when the public hue and cry has a face, they will go after you if the public hue and cry becomes anonymous and powerful.
- To throw a match on the fire, RCMP have stated that they have no power to do anything about extremely noisy people and such unless a complaint is made. They said the RCMP doesn’t have the power to enforce the law, unless a complaint is made. What? Isn’t disturbing the peace still a law? Don’t they pull people over for having headlights out? I can’t recall a time when anyone ever complained to the police about someone having a headlight out. What the hell?
What can we take away from this for Nova Scotians? Damned if you do, damned if you don’t? Sure seems like it. The sad thing is I like cops. Seriously. We need them and they do a job that you couldn’t possibly pay most Canadians enough to do. Most of them do the job because they care to their core about other people, or at least did when they started. They get very little respect and credit for the majority of the time that they do the job right. They don’t even get a lot of support from the very judicial system that they are on the front line of. Maybe this kind of apathy by the Nova Scotia RCMP is a symptom of that, I don’t know. What I do know is that they need our support to be able to function. Let’s give them that as we also require that those that are apathetic in their duties are corrected or removed.
Beyond that, be prepared to be able to make an extremely compelling case to have your complaints investigated and be prepared to go public if it isn’t investigated. But make sure you have all of your ducks in a row.