Wayward RCMP seem protected by the force

Of course the public is, and should be, outraged over the RCMP decision to ship the Mountie who disgraced the force to B.C.

Re: Our View: Another Bad Move for RCMP and Sound Off poll: Do you think it was a bad decision to transfer an RCMP officer who abused his position in Edmonton and was reprimanded with a demotion to B.C.? June 5 Capital News.

To the editor:

Of course the public is, and should be, outraged over the RCMP decision to ship Don Ray, the Mountie who disgraced the force with his actions, to B.C.

I’m thinking that there is a disproportionate amount of protection for the officers as opposed to protection of the public provided in our current legislation. Changes, as promised by the new RCMP top cop, would certainly be welcome but I’m not convinced this will happen in any way we know is needed, or in any timely fashion—sadly.

The other part of that editorial reminds us of the Mountie who left the scene of a fatal accident and “fortified himself with vodka”. What proof is there that he fortified himself after the fact and was not intoxicated at the time of the fatality? I for one don’t think a public citizen found in similar circumstances would ever have his word for it taken as fact.

The media appears all too ready to accept whatever the police version of a story is, without question. That is disturbing.

Donna Campbell,

West Kelowna

Kelowna Capital News