The message from Const. Jeffrey MacArthur was professional at first. He advised that if anything further occurred, her ex could be cautioned with criminal harassment.
A pair of screenshots of text messages between a Toronto police officer and the victim of a domestic call. The images were posted to the popular Facebook group Bunz Helping Zone by a woman asking for advice. The images, which were censored in the original post, have been further edited by the Star to protect the woman's identity. (Facebook)
When the woman responded to thank MacArthur for checking in, he continued texting, at first saying, “We all have s----y days,” then asking, “Do we get a 10??” apparently inquiring about the service he provided alongside his partner.
Based in 14 division, a busy downtown detachment, the officer continued with a few more texts — “apparently I’m chatty lol,” he wrote. Then, at 3:42 a.m., he sent a collage of photos of himself — one shirtless, others of him doing martial arts and a handstand at the beach.
The text messages and photos were called “inappropriate” and “clear misconduct” by a police prosecutor at a Toronto police tribunal Thursday, where MacArthur pleaded guilty to one count of discreditable conduct under Ontario’s Police Services Act.
Staff Sgt. Shane Branton read out an agreed statement of facts, stating MacArthur obtained the woman’s cellphone number from his partner after they made the arrest.
Suggesting she’d had a “s----y day” was “too casual coming from an officer to a victim of a domestic dispute,” Branton said, adding the texts “violated the trust” the complainant would have had in police.
“Albeit, he did send a message apologizing saying (the photos) were not meant for the victim,” Branton said, referring to MacArthur’s final text.
Shortly after the incident the woman posted in Bunz Helping Zone, a popular local Facebook group, seeking advice.
Dressed in his uniform Thursday, MacArthur rose and apologized to the complainant, saying “none of this was ill-intended.” He also apologized for “any damage to the reputation of the service.”
Branton entered a joint submission on penalty alongside MacArthur’s lawyer, Gary Clewley, suggesting five days’ docked pay would be an appropriate consequence. While the officer’s actions were inappropriate and brought the integrity of the service “under fire,” he noted MacArthur had a previously “unblemished employment record.”
“I do believe he has it in him to be a productive member of this service,” Branton said.
Clewley said MacArthur’s professional evaluations indicated he was a diligent officer who worked hard and had “good relations with the public.”
“This is a one-off mistake on his part,” Clewley said.
The tribunal’s hearing officer, Acting. Supt. Peter Code, reserved his decision on the penalty.
Wendy Gillis is a Toronto-based reporter covering crime and policing. Reach her by email at email@example.com or follow her on Twitter: @wendygillis
Commentary by the Ottawa Mens Centre
The above example pales in comparison to the
scum of the Ottawa Police.
Commentary by the Ottawa Mens Centre
Sexual assault and abuse of power is rarely ever brought to public attention.
In the Ottawa Police, sexual assault takes many forms.
Its effectively human trafficking except generally, Ottawa police officers get their sex for free.
It works like this. Any female wanting a favour from a police officer knows what to do.
Any police officer wanting to get sex in exchange for a favour also knows what to do.
Ottawa Police lay charges and stay charges based on gender, and its common knowledge
that after a cop does a favour, he will return for his favour to be returned.
That often ends up in a relationship of convenience, a corrupt relationship, that brings the
administration of justice into ill repute.
Then we have the the Criminals who masquerade as cops.
Take the following predators
Rotten Cop Det Peter Van Der Zander.
Take a good look at this creep who actually fabricates evidence
to NOT charge violent women.
His unpublished number ends up in the hands of those seeking
a favour. In return, he intimidates, harasses, fabricates evidence and brings discredit to
all the other Ottawa Police officers who have more ethics.
Then there us Constable Van T NGUYEN Badge No. 952
This corrupt evidence fabricating rotten cop visited a very violent female
while on duty with out an reason months after he fabricated evidence to
NOT charge her.
NGUYEN collued with another Rotten cop of the Ottawa Police one
Cst. SAMUAL W. SMITH Badge No. 880