Police abuse of power - Thompson-style

To the Editor:

If you think the local detachment of the RCMP have empathy for those with mental health issues, think again. 

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Eight years ago, after a 15-month intervention for a stress disorder, I returned to my hometown, Thompson. 

I obtained good employment and started the reintegration process with a bit of anxiety, but things began to slowly come together. But my delusional, quasi-moronic next-door neighbour decided to harass and intimidate me. 

In desperation, I filed for a peace bond, as he became increasingly obtrusive and aggressive. I am happy to say that on Dec. 12, 2012, the court ruled in my favour. What I wasn’t prepared for was the arrival of two RCMP squad cars at my home that very evening of the hearing. The harassment by my neighbour continued with the completely biased assistance of the Thompson RCMP. At one point, the police officer blurted, “Why don’t you move?” Thanks for the protection!

As a result, I contacted then-attorney general Gord Mackintosh, who responded that he had no jurisdiction over the Thomson RCMP. He did not want to help a private citizen.

So for three full years, at the instigation of the neighbour, the local detachment attended my home, even though they were aware the complainant was lying and his accusations had no basis in fact!

Finally, I filed a formal complaint with the Office of the Solicitor General in Ottawa. Much to my chagrin, the RCMP became more aggressive and belligerent. To show the power they had, a member misplaced some pertinent documents and, as a result, they arrested me on two bogus charges. 

For a full year I appeared in court with legal counsel and my accusers failed to appear to give evidence.

Finally the Crown saw that the charges had more holes in them than Swiss cheese and there was a stay of proceedings. 

I would like to point out that the police involved are not fit to wear the uniform and their ignorance and dirty tricks speak volumes of their total lack of integrity. Fortunately, the court’s good judgment prevailed; so after four full years, I was finally left alone.

I don’t normally address such issues in my writing, but I am incensed at how the local RCMP treated me for four straight years, in spite of the fact I was guilty of nothing. A total waste of police resources by a few incompetent clowns.

Angus Campbell


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