Charges expected for website critical of Calgary police officers
By Jason Van Rassel, Calgary HeraldSeptember 17, 2010
Investigators are expected to announce today criminal charges
against a Calgary man accused of running a website that allegedly
contains defamatory statements about members of the Calgary Police
Because the officers allegedly targeted by the website are
Calgary police officers, the investigation was handled by the RCMP.
Police released no further details on Thursday, but the Herald
has learned the target of the investigation is Calgarian John Kelly.
Kelly is the longtime operator of a website that alleges dozens
of current and former Calgary police officers -- including several
top members -- are involved in corruption.
An "opening statement" on the site's main page reads: "(T) his
website is authored solely by John Kelly, and all of the information
has been placed on this site by John Kelly, and John Kelly stands by
the complete contents of this site, and it forms part of materials
to be used in the complaints made against Calgary Police Service
officers, and others named on this site, for wrongdoings and corrupt
and criminal acts."
Kelly did not respond to messages. Sources said he was in police
Although defamation is mostly prosecuted through civil lawsuits,
it is also a Criminal Code offence.
"A defamatory libel is a matter published, without lawful
justification or excuse, that is likely to injure the reputation of
any person by exposing him to hatred, contempt or ridicule, or that
is designed to insult the person," according to the Criminal Code.