Ottawa police management mocked in video

CBC News

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

An online video circulating among Ottawa police officers features cartoon characters mocking the Ottawa Police Service’s senior management. (CBC)

An online video mocking Ottawa police management's handling of the Stacy Bonds case has been circulating among officers, CBC News has learned.

The video was created and has been shared since before Christmas on the popular website, which allows users to write dialogue that is then acted out by cartoon characters with computerized voices.

In the fictional video, a police constable arrests a man for public intoxication and asks that he be put into the cellblock area.

A sergeant flatly denies the constable's request, saying: "It is the position of the senior management that prisoner abuse is a systemic problem at the Ottawa Police Service … the service has adopted a new policy whereby no one shall be arrested."

The video, which features coarse language, then has the sergeant suggesting the constable take the prisoner, a convicted sex offender, to his own home.

"I hereby order you to take this poor man to your house, to be left in the care of your wife, so as not to continue this egregious breach of his charter rights," the cartoon sergeant says.

Controversy has surrounded Ottawa police over the treatment of Stacy Bonds, who was arrested in 2008 for public intoxication. In an oral ruling in October, Justice Richard Lajoie said Ottawa police violated Bonds' rights after her arrest.

Lajoie stayed the charge against Bonds's, 27, and released a cellblock video of her being kneed and strip-searched.

Ontario's Special Investigations Unit, which looks into cases of death, serious injury or sexual assault involving police, is now looking into Bonds's treatment in the Ottawa cellblock.

Three more cellblock videos are also being investigated to see if police officers used excessive force.

Former deputy calls video a rebellion

It's not known who made the cartoon video, but its absurd nature shows just how frustrated police are with the cellblock video controversy, University of Ottawa criminologist Irvin Waller told CBC News.

"What the cartoon does is leave the impression that we as a society have lost sight of what needs to be done for public safety, and lost sight of what the needs of the police officers are for achieving that," Waller said.

Former deputy police chief Larry Hill described the production as inappropriate but said he understands the sentiment behind it.

"It's a rebellion against the whole media storm, and what the officers view as an attack on what they do," Hill said. "Humour has always been an outlet for police officers."

Still, Hill said, it's not right for police officers to criticize management or Lajoie.

Police officers and management have openly feuded since the Bonds case went public. Police Chief Vern White called for tough disciplinary action against any officers found doing wrong, while the police union has urged calm until the various investigations release their findings.

White has said his first act after returning to work after a vacation will be to address the morale issues within the force.


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Commentary by the Ottawa Mens Centre

Absolute power corrupts absolutely and tests have shown that 50% of society will abuse power if given absolute power without any security to ensure that their power is not misused.

The initial holding cells in police stations across Canada are places where there are no witnesses other than police. The Ottawa Police like any other police force need to admit the basic problem is without checks and balances, 50% of any group will abuse their power.

Initial holding cells are places where an officer can make insulting remarks in the earshot of the prisoner only, to incite an assault. Its not uncommon for a prisoner to be assaulted out of camera range or when the prisoner's ability to lodge a complaint is AFTER the tapes are wiped.

Certain officers have a drug problem specifically steroids, you just look for that over bulked officer with eyes that bulge out of his head, the tell tale symptoms of steroid use. Its no secret who these officers are and it receives an official blind eye, cops are meant to look bulky, that comes from the old idea of Canadian policing that being a former hockey hit man and having a driver's license were the ideal qualifications for a cop who needed to pull big drunks out of bars. Those days have largely ended.

Then you have officers with personality disorders, anger management problems but appear charismatic to most people most of the time unless of course, you meet them alone and do something to enrage them.

One of the Ottawa Police's problems is that the "officers" who are special constables, who work the holding cells, receive only a fraction of the regular police psychological screening and training.

Now, certain recruits score more unwritten points for their own political agendas.


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