I firmly believe that no one is unaccountable for their actions – for long. Crown prosecutors who chose not to file charges against the VPD officers involved in the Frank Paul death are about to find that out, as the Supreme Court rules they must testify at the Frank Paul inquiry. I’ve followed the Frank Paul story for some time, and you can find those posts here:
Paul, a 47-year-old Mi’kmaq man from New Brunswick, died of hypothermia the night of December 5, 1998, after Vancouver police dragged his unconscious body out of a downtown drunk tank and left him in an alley in wet clothes. I shall look forward to hearing what reasons the crown give for not approving charges against the officers involved. Maybe one day we will be privy as to what the crown prosecutor who approved minimal charges against Benjamin Monty Robinson was thinking as well.
I think we are entering a new time where those involved in the maintenance and administration of our laws and justice, must begin to offer the people full transparency and accountability for their actions, just as we all must under the laws of our country. To expect anything less is to defeat the purpose of justice in the first place, and the people will demand nothing less.