Blue Line Magazine April 2015 Subscribe
Cst. Ian MacDonald's leadership goes well beyond just being a media liaison officer with the Abbotsford Police Department (APD). His specific involvement in anti gang activity and road safety not only highlights his leadership skills to the community at large but also amongst his peers.
Mistrust of police has become all too common in today's society. Stories of conflict between police and the public sells newspapers and dominates the news cycle. Trust in police has dropped across Canada and especially in BC. Today, police, crime and court reporting make up 60 per cent of news content.
News travels faster than a police car. A gangster murdered in a parking lot receives wide social media coverage within minutes of the occurrence, with many of the details tweeted out for public consumption.Continue...
Manitoba's top court has ruled that police do not have to wait until a person overtly threatens or becomes very violent before arresting them as a person "about to commit" an offence.
When officers responded to a 911 hang-up call at about 4:00 a.m in R. v. Alexson, 2015 MBCA 5, they saw and heard the accused through the living room window. He was wearing only underwear and screaming at his wife and a child that he was "pissed off." The wife and child appeared to be terrified as they were clinging to each other. When officers banged on the window and door, the wife ran to let them in and implored the officers to "take him away."
Police entered the home and noted Alexson smelled strongly of alcohol and was likely intoxicated. He became verbally abusive to both the officers and his wife. When they asked the wife to take the child to another room, Alexson got up as if to go after them. He was told to calm down but continued yelling profanities at the officers while he dressed, despite their repeated attempts to calm him down. He also clenched his fists and took up a fighting stance.Continue...
Blue Line News Week March 27, 2015 Subscribe
VANCOUVER - A former Mountie who was involved in Robert Dziekanski’s death and was later held up by the force as an example of a bad apple within its ranks was convicted Friday of perjury for his testimony at a public inquiry.
Former corporal Benjamin (Monty) Robinson was charged along with three other officers for their testimony at hearings that examined what happened when Dziekanski was stunned with a Taser at Vancouver’s airport and died in October 2007.Continue...