Much to the chagrin of some I know, whose opinons are that the RCMP is a steadfast, honourable institution, with no, or little corruption, protection for whistleblowers etc…….. it appears that whistleblowers who did come forward to report wrongdoing, were in fact , punished for doing so. Cover-ups continued, mis-management at every level, and scandal- over fabricated testimony – these are the core elements of the RCMP that need to be torn apart and built again.
The task force, headed under Toronto lawyer David Brown, had been asked by the federal government to look into the structure and dealings of the RCMP. Their objective? To determine the numerous fault’s within the organization and the best action to repair the obviously ineffective and ” horribly broken” institution.
It is now recommended that the RCMP be split from the feds, and run under the managment of a civilian board of directors.
Yet another major recommendation is that a new independant commission be created to take the place of the two that already investigate and report on the RCMP’s complaints, but with enforcement power on findings.
” The new committee would hear complaints from RCMP members and the public, but it would also launch its own investigations and have the power to summon witnesses and compel testimony. Its findings would be made public and its rulings on discipline and grievance issues would be binding”
Its obvious changes have needed for many years, and just now are we coming to resolution on the matters within the RCMP. Implementation will take time, and I have a feeling that there may be resistance within some levels who adhere to the brotherhood mentality that remains within the insititution.
Of course, the other major news for ” BAD NEWS FRIDAY” ( it is known that people have two days over the weekend to forget the”bad” news released on a Friday, so if its something that they dont want a lot of discussion on ,thats when they release it- likewise, if its a good report, or the goverment wants some buzz about it, they hold the news until Monday, os people have all week to talk about it. ) – were the changes to taser usage by the RCMP, which to me, are merely a token offering to soothe the public outcry regarding the weapon. The idea is that they will only be used when people are clearly combative and actively resisting arrest, as well as threatening grievous bodily harm, rather than whenever they feel like it.
Problem is, those terms are subjective to the individual holding that taser, and the commissioner will not share with the public how those terms are defined by the RCMP. Does holding your hand in the air mean you are combative? If you laugh at the cops, is that combative, or resisting arrest? You get the idea. So, unless we see a little more definition on it, I expect we will still see the tasers around and in use.
A larger deterrent to inappropriate policing is the increasing event of the public taping police interactions with their own recording devices. Perhaps if the cops think their actions might be caught on tape more frequently, as they are, it will reduce the times when inappropriate actions are taken. The reports that have currently been released show that even the RCMP is not immune to corruption and abuse, and its about time the steps were taken to ensure both pubic safety and confidence, along with accountibility.
I’m Laila Yuile, and this is how I see it.