In January of this year, I wrote a post highlighting the ridiculous, public relations driven position Bill Fordy had taken with regards to yet another shooting in Surrey.
While other police spokespersons in the lower mainland were making clear the inherent danger the public faces in any brazen shooting, Fordy was telling the people of Surrey they were all safe.
“Residents are safe, he said, because “the overwhelming majority of (Surrey) residents are law-abiding citizens with no involvement with criminal activity”
My, what a difference a few months and a total of 12 murders in the city makes.
Or is it, simply that this latest brazen shooting happened in the middle of Morgan Creeks tony shopping district where many of the cities well-heeled residents like to hang out at “urban” suburban places like U Lounge and shop in store outlets also found in Vancouver on Robson ?
Today after telling residents for months we have nothing to worry about, because these incidents in Surrey are targeted hits, for some reason, Bill Fordy thought the brazen shootings in South Surrey were:
“Let me speak very clearly. What happened last evening is not acceptable. The fact that somebody would sneak up on another man in a public venue… in the presence of children, men and women that are going about their business and enjoying their evening is disgusting,” he said. “The impact of this brutal event extends beyond that of the victim who also has a family and people who love him. It impacts on every man and woman who lives in our society and enjoys the fundamental rights and freedoms of our country.”
Fordy said he has deployed his officers to gang hangouts around the city to let those involved in organized crime know they are not welcome in Surrey, where 11 people have been murdered so far in 2013.
“I am also asking owners and managers of businesses that these persons frequent to stand beside us and deliver a very clear message to people that attend these restaurants, bars and gyms. And that message is simply this: you are not welcome here and we do not want your dirty money,” Fordy said.
“Simply put, we’ve had enough. It is time for us as a society to stand together and to stop this violence. This is in part a policing problem. But in its totality, it is a community problem.”
No kidding. But let me share something with you. Brazen shootings,stabbings and murders are always disgusting Supt. Fordy. Always. Not just because this happened in South Surrey, they are disgusting when they happen in Whalley, or Newton, or Fleetwood or anywhere where local residents who are out and about or in their homes, are also impacted by the crime. Like the Surrey 6 murders.
Please tell me what is going on in that new million dollar bunker just built in Surrey, that the RCMP can’t get a handle on the number of guns on the streets here, coming across our borders.
That the RCMP have not been able to effectively make an impact on the gang issues.
That the RCMP now have to ask defenseless business men and women to refuse service to known gangsters, quite possibly putting them in the line of retaliatory fire, simply because the RCMP haven’t been able to deal with it ?
Seriously? Are you willing to ensure the safety of these business people Supt. Fordy?
Perhaps the millions spent on the new E division headquarters would have been better spent on more police on the streets, so men like Bill Fordy don’t have to get civilians to do their jobs.