Don Sipes -- Jaywalker Nasty or Rosa ...

Don Sipes -- Jaywalker Nasty or Rosa Parkes Rebel MkII?

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North Vancouver, Canada

#1 Nov 11, 2012
The ongoing court battles of alleged jaywalker-RCMP 'obstruction' and all-round pain in the rear for local plods, Mr. Don Sipes (Jaywalker Sues RCMP -Again North Shore News 11 November 2012)reveals once again all that is wrong with the RCMP. The arrogance and impunity with which this organisation infringes upon the rights of the subject on a daily basis with no adequate means of protection or correction is a warning that the criminal justice system is seriously impaired. Watching RCMP constables engaged in routine activities, it is difficult to ascertain whether it is a flaw in training, command or working conditions that leads to the cavalier dismissal of civil rights by and deepening public dissatisfaction with the force, or whether the RCMP is struggling to recruit able men and women with the high standards for which they were once respected across the Commonwealth. How is one to serve on a jury if one distrusts the testimony of the arresting officer simply because he or she wears the uniform of the RCMP? One looks at the great strides taken in recent times to improve the Vancouver Police Department and the readiness to address public concerns by forces such as the Winnipeg Police and Royal Newfoundland Constabulary and it is difficult to avoid the impression that the RCMP sees BC as hostile territory to be kept in check; a Frontier Force sent to quell unruly locals, a modern version of Custer's US Cavalry, contradicting the principles of peace, order and good governance that they were formed to uphold. Local non-operational oversight of locally-recruited constables by elected officials and an an effective mechanism to punish abuse of office severely -- at all ranks -- are essential mechanisms, but perhaps the only way to do this is by restoring the (usually unarmed) BC Provicial Police, abolished -- unwisely -- over sixty years ago. Until then, we will need people such as Don Sipes to act as our own version of Rosa Parkes. Carry on, Don.
Don Sipes is a hero

North Vancouver, Canada

#2 Dec 25, 2012
Merry Christmas Don


Surrey, Canada

#3 Jan 14, 2013
How many people does it take to properly read a MVA law for crossing the road?

Evidently more than a judge, the police, a lawyer, and a defendant. Perhaps a chicken could chime in to help them out?

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