It's the smell of election bacon fryin' in the pan.
BC A-G Wally Oppal has again suggested that the four RCMP officers who put Robert Dziekanski to death could still face criminal charges. What charges?
Murder - no, wouldn't stick. No evidence of intent. Manslaughter - too iffy. Criminal negligence causing death? That seems fitting. But wait, there's more!
These cops deserve to be prosecuted for what they did in the aftermath of this innocent man's death. They made up a blatant, Cover Their Collective Ass story, about being assaulted by a wild man with a stapler. Four cops, Canada's finest, professionals, trained in the art of observation - all told the same tall tale. Each of them conjured up the same exculpatory fantasy. Each corroborated each other. All of them did this and their corroboration probably would have been an end to the whole matter but for a bystander's video they knew nothing about when they gave their bogus accounts.
I think they've made the case against them for obstructing justice by trying to mislead investigators in the immediate wake of the killing. One guy could have been incompetent enough to get it flat out wrong but not all four.
Then they sought to perpetuate their fantasy, under oath, before the inquiry. That suggests that they've each committed perjury to boot.
I think they ought to face some charge, even if only criminal negligence, for the wrongful death but I think there's not the slightest doubt they need to be held criminally accountable for the outrageous conduct they displayed from the moment of Dziekanski's death to the end of their testimony before the Braidwood inquiry.
Wally Oppal's been around the block more than a few times. He knows what to make of this.
Considering the damage to the RCMP's reputation which results from this and similar situations, it makes a person wonder what motivates the various interests to follow this path?
Do they perceive it as a show of support for the Federal force, sending a message of zero tolerance, or perhaps an attempt to avoid legal responsibility then and in the future? All of the above?
Reflecting on the Ian Bush case, certainly indicates that in the absence of an independent/private video, investigations conducted by the RCMP in these matters, raise some serious doubts.
A Justice system supposedly based on taking responsibility for one's own actions also loses it's credibility when those empowered to represent it, focus on the system, rather than Justice.
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