Sunday, April 29, 2012

I'm back after a run-in with DART

I took my own advice and recorded The Ottawa Police.  


I tried to record officers from Guns and Gangs and D.A.R.T. while they harassed someone and I got assaulted, then jumped by 3-5 HUGE officers, arrested, threatened with charges, they forced me to sign bullshit documents, hurt me, threatened me and illegally searched my car. I AM A LAW-ABIDING member of the public; I DO NOT have a criminal record; I AM from SUBURBIA- JUST LIKE YOU!!  My only crime- being friends with Black males.


In fact, the 'Officers' were VERY BLATANT with their RACIST remarks- They walked by my car and said "young Black male" (nothing about a White girl); told me I'm a disposible White girl; told my friends to go back to their own country...


Want to talk about SEXISM?  Try being referred to as a "girl" or "sweet pea" or "sweetheart"?!   How about being talked down-to and threatened by a man twice your size?  When you're a GROWN WOMAN, WITH AN EDUCATION (COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY), SELF-RESPECT and SELF-WORTH!


Did I file a complaint through The Ottawa Police Professional Standards Department? No! 
I have gone down that road before and all it did was open me up to threats, intimidation and harassment ALL PERPETRATED by members of the OPS.  I'm suing them!  Speaking to OPS Professional Standards is NEVER advised by ANY of the legal counsel I have sought- EVER!


If you think these BULLIES are here to SERVE AND PROTECT- THINK AGAIN!
Next time, it could be YOU!

Friday, December 3, 2010

OPP get heads up on brutality investigation | Ottawa and Region | News | Ottawa Sun

OPP get heads up on brutality investigation Ottawa and Region News Ottawa Sun

Another police department will likely be called to probe allegations of Ottawa police brutality if the Ontario Special Investigations Unit declares the case outside its mandate.

Police are waiting for the SIU to say whether or not it will pick up the investigation into the officers involved in Stacy Bonds’ mistreatment in cellblocks two years ago.

Police actions have been called into question based on surveillance video released by the courts.

On Thursday, Chief Vern White and Mayor Jim Watson met with the three councillors who sit on the police services board to discuss the Bonds case and other cases of alleged police misconduct that have surfaced.

White asked the SIU to see if the Bonds case falls within its mandate.

“If the SIU were return the case to us, which is always a possibility, then we’ve already had some discussions about an external police service taking jurisdiction, primarily for the purposes of guaranteeing to the public there’s a level of independence and hopefully to increase the level of confidence,” White told reporters after his meeting with the mayor at City Hall.

The SIU only investigates cases of serious injury, death or sexual assault involving police. Even then, the mandate has the unit only looking for evidence of a criminal offence, not disciplinary or policy violations.

Bonds did not receive serious physical injuries and it’s unclear whether her treatment would be categorized as a sexual assault.

City sources say the OPP have already been given a heads up on the matter in case the SIU punts it back to Ottawa police.

Attention is also being focused on the oversight of special constables.

Watson said the city might ask the province to edit the Police Services Act to have special constables fall under the legislation.

“For instance, the SIU doesn’t, as I understand it, have jurisdiction over special constables,” Watson said.

The same special constable involved the Bonds altercation was also involved in a case in which cellblock video caught the officer kicking a prisoner.

Watson fully expects a report to the police board on the incidents to be made public.

City councillors continue to receive emails from concerned residents.

“I just started this job yesterday and I’ve already receives several dozen emails from people who are upset and disturbed,” Watson said.

jon.willing@sunmedia.ca

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Lawsuit alleges police brutality

Eight Ottawa cops — including two embroiled in another abuse scandal — are facing new allegations of police brutality from a woman who complained her arm was broken in a 2008 arrest.

It’s the sixth police brutality allegation to rock the force in the past two weeks.

Roxanne Carr filed notice in court in August she’ll sue eight officers and the police services board.

Carr says the mistreatment — which included a broken arm — involves two of the same officers involved in the ongoing Stacy Bonds saga.

The allegations include excessive force, assault, false arrest and false imprisonment in the Aug. 23, 2008 incident — although an officer was cleared of criminal wrongdoing by the province’s civilian watchdog.

Only more public accountability can root out this “systemic” misconduct among Ottawa cops, said Lawrence Greenspon, Carr’s lawyer.

“These are two cases of many,” he said. “There is and has been for many years a systemic problem with police misconduct as long as I’ve been practicing — 30 years — and there has not been a proper remedy process in place that’s accessible for people who are victims.

“The police complaints process is one that needs to be overhauled,” he said.

Greenspon won’t file a statement of claim until Carr deals with criminal charges, including assaulting a police officer, scheduled for trial in May.

Police went to Carr’s home to arrest her in a domestic dispute and charged her with assaulting a man. Police allege she resisted arrest by Const. Michael Adlard before assaulting him and vandalizing a cruiser.

After her release, she went to the hospital where it’s alleged her arm was found to be broken.

A spokesman for the province’s Special Investigations Unit said that one officer was the subject and three others witnesses in a two-month probe launched in April.

“There were no charges laid against any police officers,” Frank Phillips said. “That’s our mandate, to see if there was any criminality on the part of the police.”

It’s then up to the police force to determine if its policies and procedures were followed, he said.

Two of the officers named in Carr’s court documents — Sgt. Steven Desjourdy and Special Const. Melanie Morris — were singled out in a judge’s ruling last month.

He stayed a charge Bonds assaulted a police officer and called illegal her Sept. 6, 2008, arrest on a charge of public intoxication. He also called the officers’ behaviour toward her “appalling.”

Morris delivered two “extremely violent knee hits” to Bonds and pulled her hair, the judge concluded. Desjourdy cut off her shirt and bra with scissors while the unresisting woman was held down with a riot shield by other officers, he said.

Morris, another judge concluded, is seen in a July 2009 cellblock video kicking another man in custody.

Desjourdy was also temporarily demoted for kicking and shocking a female prisoner with a Taser.

Another woman, Velvet Laclair, 29, is also suing police over a 2007 incident during which she said she was sexually assaulted.

Also named in Carr’s notice of action are constables Cindy Cybulski, Darren Shore, Shawn Virgin and David West and Special Const. Richard Marcil.

megan.gillis@sunmedia.ca

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$225K suit against cops alleges violent takedown | Ottawa and Region | News | Ottawa Sun

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Nine lawsuits claim brutality, false arrest against cops | Ottawa and Region | News | Ottawa Sun

Nine lawsuits claim brutality, false arrest against cops Ottawa and Region News Ottawa Sun

Police union, public speak on brutality allegations | Ottawa and Region | News | Ottawa Sun

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Police misconduct is a 'systemic problem': lawyer

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Chief White bucks up officer morale