Pedestrian killed during police chase...

Pedestrian killed during police chase in Barrie, Ont.

There are 27 comments on the Slam Sports story from May 29, 2008, titled Pedestrian killed during police chase in Barrie, Ont.. In it, Slam Sports reports that:

A man walking across a street in Barrie, Ont., was killed Wednesday night after he was struck by a car being chased by police.

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Mike Bick

Canada

#1 May 31, 2008
I feel very sorry for Mr. O Keefe who was struck and killed during a police chase a few days ago in Barrie.The Barrie Police is responsible for this tragedy which would not have happened if they would have stopped the chase through city streets in a residential neighbourhood.Seargeant Dave Goodbrand should be fired for his remarks on television and in the newspapers.He dosn,t give a crap about public safety.The S.I.U. will clear all the officers involved in this chase of any wrongdoing, like they always do.I,m going to lay flowers today at the site of this tragedy , say a prayer for Mr. O,Keefe and his family and then go to city hall at 2pm to MP Patrick Brown,s meet and greet with Barrie Police Chief Wayne Frechete and i,m going to tell the chief my concerns face to face on how i feel about this issue,but in a respectful way.Rest in peace Mr. O, Keefe.
Helen

Cornwall, Canada

#2 Jun 1, 2008
This is indeed a tragedy for Mr. O'Keefe and his family. I cannot imagine the pain that you all are experiencing with the loss of Michael. I can understand how tempting it is to blame the police as being responsible for this tragedy, however, has anyone considered that the driver of the vehicle who struck and killed this innocent man is guilty of this crime? I would suggest that those who are quick to blame the police should be reminded that it is they who have the daunting task of protecting us from lunatics like the driver of the vehicle who not only struck and killed Michael, but didnt have the decency to stop or even slow down. Remember who the criminal is. My heart goes out to the O'Keefe family, and to Michael - my deepest sympathy to you all.
Mike Bick wrote:
I feel very sorry for Mr. O Keefe who was struck and killed during a police chase a few days ago in Barrie.The Barrie Police is responsible for this tragedy which would not have happened if they would have stopped the chase through city streets in a residential neighbourhood.Seargeant Dave Goodbrand should be fired for his remarks on television and in the newspapers.He dosn,t give a crap about public safety.The S.I.U. will clear all the officers involved in this chase of any wrongdoing, like they always do.I,m going to lay flowers today at the site of this tragedy , say a prayer for Mr. O,Keefe and his family and then go to city hall at 2pm to MP Patrick Brown,s meet and greet with Barrie Police Chief Wayne Frechete and i,m going to tell the chief my concerns face to face on how i feel about this issue,but in a respectful way.Rest in peace Mr. O, Keefe.
The barrie Tax Payer

Midland, Canada

#3 Jun 1, 2008
Helen,

"Blaming the police"? I don;t think so! They should of NOT initiated the high speed pursuit doing so is what escalated the situation and thus lead to an innocent mans death. A criminal will break the law, but the police, who are supposed to protect us, are supposed to use proper training and judgment. By realizing that the driver is going to run means that any form of giving chase IS NOT going to help the situation as the driver is not all of a sudden going to slow down and pull over simply because the police decided to chase him. If anything he WILL drive faster, which in turn WILL lead to the tragedy that happened that fateful day!

Mike has it right. the chiefs comments were out of line and gives good officers that wouldn't of started such a moronic action, a bad name. Now police officers have an up hill battle to fight with gaining the communities trust as Mr Goodbrand and his ilk ruin it!
Cyril Wagner

Canada

#4 Jun 2, 2008
Good comments Barrie Taxpayer. The Barrie Police are making headlines lately for all the wrong reasons.This high speed chase shouldn,t have begun in the first place,Constable Nathan Bowman should never have had his charges of drinking and driving dropped last week,the police inspector Farrell who sent racist e-mails to other fellow officers against blacks cannot be fired according to Chief Wayne Frechette,and i,m sick of listening to all the lies from little tough guy Seargeant Dave Goodbrand,the police spokesman.
The barrie Tax Payer

Midland, Canada

#5 Jun 2, 2008
Cyril Wagner

thank you. Well written. I too am frustrated with this level of complete and blatant corruption
Samantha Elliot

Canada

#6 Jun 3, 2008
The funeral for Michael O,Keefe is tomorrow and i,m going to be there even though i never met him.I,m so emotional about this tragedy that if i even see a Barrie Police officer at the funeral tomorrow i will spit in their faces.
Rest in peace Michael O,Keefe.
Barrie Tax Payer

Midland, Canada

#7 Jun 3, 2008
Rest in peace Micheal. Best love for all the family members going through this unneeded difficult time
DaveChapelleFan

Barrie, Canada

#8 Jul 15, 2008
Okay I can see why some may think that the police should not have started the pursuit...But back to Helen's comments, if the police let every vehicle that they try to pull over get away just because the driver was unwilling to stop, how you do expect them to catch any criminals?

There are strict guidlines for police chases in Ontario, one being the chase must be for a criminal offence, another is that it can be called off by the communications supervisor or any officer involved in the pursuit.

I am sure there are more but I don't know all of them.

Don't get me wrong I am not saying there isn't corruption in policing everywhere in todays society but some of the people who post on here, have posted the same comments on about 4 different threads. Lumping all cops together and saying they are corrupt or "bad" cops isn't good either.

I am sure that you will meet a police officer one day that you like and that you don't feel is a criminal or corrupt, and I hope that you do get a renewed sense of faith in the police. Until then try not to be so hard on them as SOME cops deserve the benefit of the doubt.

Have a great day.
Max Brewer

Canada

#9 Jul 15, 2008
Davechapellfan.Your last sentence regarding some cops deserve the benefit of the doubt is the same excuse a judge recently used in Toronto to drop drinking and driving charges against a Metro Toronto cop from 31 Division.The judge said even though the officer was speeding, swearving in and out of lanes on Hwy 400, had nine empty bottles of beer at his feet and blew twice the legal limit the cop deserves the benefit of the doubt and all charges are dropped, case dismissed.That is one of the biggest reasons i hate cops.If this slob can get away with drinking and driving, so can everyone else.Also cops get suspended with pay, no matter what crime they commit.Thats another reason i hate cops.DavechapelleFan.That will be the day i ever meet a police officer that i feel is not a criminal or corrupt.
DaveChapelleFan

Barrie, Canada

#10 Jul 18, 2008
MAX I dont agree with the comment the judge made, I think that if you commit a crime then you should have to deal with the consequences. I am not sticking up for those officers who get in trouble. I am mearly saying not all officers have problems and i think that officers should get the benefit of the doubt unless they have done something to break the law.
John Benson

Canada

#11 Aug 7, 2008
The S.I.U. will be giving their report very soon into this tragedy. My prediction is the S.I.U. will clear all the Barrie Police officers involved in this incident of any wrong doing because the S.I.U. is a joke and always rules in favour of the cops 100 % of the time.Let,s see if my prediction is correct.Also as far as Seargent Dave Goodbrand is concerned,i saw him on tv last night responding to a home invasion incident.
Dave. What is that growing on your baby face? Is that a beard your trying to grow to look tough?You tried to grow a goatee last time and that didn,t work.How did you meet the hight requirement to become a police officer?You must have been standing on a box.
Sofia Nelson

Canada

#12 Aug 13, 2008
John. Your prediction was right on.The Special Investigations Unit has cleared the Barrie police officers involved in the police chase that killed Michael O,Keefe.I,m not suprised at that descision. The S.I.U. is a joke. They always rule in favour of the police 100 % of the time.The Barrie police are responsible for this mans death without a doubt.The S.I.U. should be disbanded and all the Chiefs of Police that oversee the Police Services Board should be fired.
Jessie Boy Smith

Canada

#13 Aug 13, 2008
Constable Stuart Fehrman is the Barrie police officer who is responsible for the death of Michael O,Keefe.
Don Platt

Canada

#14 Aug 14, 2008
This is the second time this year this cop Stuart Fehrman has been cleared by the S.I.U. and it,s only august.Why does Barrie end up with all the bad cops?Why do all police offies beat their charges all the time or have their cases dismissed? The headline should have read, Cop gets away with murder.
anonymousin barrie

Barrie, Canada

#15 Aug 16, 2008
Hey Stupid! This police officer wasn't charged, he was investigated. Big difference idiot! And how do you figure that this Barrie Police Officer committed murder? His cruiser didn't strike Mr. O'Keefe, it was Ron Miller's car. Why don't you get your head out of the sand and come back to reality. Idiots like you are what is wrong with society. Quick and easy to blame the police, and forget about the bad guy. It was ron Miller who chose to run from the police. It was him who struck and killed Mr. O'Keefe. But there is no mention of that in your comment. To easy to blame the police. You are the idiot!
Don Platt wrote:
This is the second time this year this cop Stuart Fehrman has been cleared by the S.I.U. and it,s only august.Why does Barrie end up with all the bad cops?Why do all police offies beat their charges all the time or have their cases dismissed? The headline should have read, Cop gets away with murder.
Don Platt

Canada

#16 Aug 16, 2008
Anonymousin. If there would have been no chase Michael O,Keefe would not have been killed.Thats the bottom line you stupid idiot, like you called me.I used the expression," getting away with murder" not to mean the officer is a murderer but constable Stuart Fehrman is also responsible for this tragedy .This is the second time this officer has been investigated by the Special Investigations Unit for his cowboy antics.All this officer does is get into trouble and cost the taxpayers a bundle.The S.I.U. is bias in favour of the police and every officer is cleared, no matter what they do.
Mark McCOMB

Port Elgin, Canada

#17 Aug 19, 2008
Cst. Stuart Fehrman is a good cop, the fact that he was "investigated" twice in a year means nothing!!. Actually it means that he is actively stopping criminals from preying on the citizens of barrie. A cop without an SIU investigation or two under his belt is driving around with his head in his ass doing nothing.

Good for you Stuart, keep it up!!!
Don Platt

Canada

#18 Aug 19, 2008
So Mark.Let me get this right what you say. The more times a cop is investigated by the S.I.U.the more prestigious it is ? I guess thats why the Barrie police like commiting crimes and being suspended with pay.Mark,i don,t know how the police are in your town of Port Elgin but there is no "good cops" in Barrie. The good cops transferred outa here a long time ago.Stuart Fehrman is as responsible for the death of Michael O,Keefe as the guy who hit him.Michael,s family and friends feel the same way.
nice try

London, Canada

#19 Aug 20, 2008
Mr Bick, while I do feel for the family of Mr. O keefe I take offence to your comments about the Barrie Police being responsible or reckless in his death. Are the police supposed to sit back and let criminals run the city? I think not. Sometimes accidents happen that can't be avoided, I'm sure the officer involved did not start the day thinking "I sure hope I run someone down today". Maybe your anti-police stance worked when you were 15, but to be honest, it's time to grow up and realize the enemy aren't the police but the lawless criminals who try to run the city.
Mike Bick wrote:
I feel very sorry for Mr. O Keefe who was struck and killed during a police chase a few days ago in Barrie.The Barrie Police is responsible for this tragedy which would not have happened if they would have stopped the chase through city streets in a residential neighbourhood.Seargeant Dave Goodbrand should be fired for his remarks on television and in the newspapers.He dosn,t give a crap about public safety.The S.I.U. will clear all the officers involved in this chase of any wrongdoing, like they always do.I,m going to lay flowers today at the site of this tragedy , say a prayer for Mr. O,Keefe and his family and then go to city hall at 2pm to MP Patrick Brown,s meet and greet with Barrie Police Chief Wayne Frechete and i,m going to tell the chief my concerns face to face on how i feel about this issue,but in a respectful way.Rest in peace Mr. O, Keefe.
nice try

London, Canada

#20 Aug 20, 2008
Your a moron get out of your teenage years. You are the type who blames the police and when you need something you go running to them.
Don Platt wrote:
Anonymousin. If there would have been no chase Michael O,Keefe would not have been killed.Thats the bottom line you stupid idiot, like you called me.I used the expression," getting away with murder" not to mean the officer is a murderer but constable Stuart Fehrman is also responsible for this tragedy .This is the second time this officer has been investigated by the Special Investigations Unit for his cowboy antics.All this officer does is get into trouble and cost the taxpayers a bundle.The S.I.U. is bias in favour of the police and every officer is cleared, no matter what they do.

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