From the equality of rights springs identity of our highest interests; you cannot subvert your neighbor's rights without striking a dangerous blow at your own. Carl Schurz

Friday, February 4, 2011

So Much For Police Oversight

There have been a series of allegations leveled at Durham police chief Mike Ewles lately. The Durham police association is alleging that while refusing to allow his wife's purse to be searched at an Oshawa Generals game he asked “Don’t you know who I am?” and later stated that he was “covertly profiling someone” at the game and carrying a weapon in his wife’s purse. It is also alleged that he attempted to intercede on behalf of a friend who had been stopped for driving more than 50km over the posted limit,calling the officer involved on his personal cell phone

A further complaint has been filed on behalf of a man who states that he was charged with assaulting his estranged spouse,a former police volunteer after chief Ewles interfered on her behalf. The chief has admitted making two phone calls to the investigating officer in this matter but sees nothing wrong with his actions.

So you would think that the police services board would be keen to take a serious look into these matters. Well if you did then you'd be wrong. Here is what board chair Roger Anderson had to say

“I don’t think we’ll do much with it,”

“There’s nothing there to warrant anything.”

The board hasn’t received any other complaints about Ewles. The association may be pushing back against a boss they don’t always agree with

“It appears to me that everything is fine. If it’s not, I’m sure we’d hear about it,”

So there you have it , the boards attitude appears to be LA LA LA LA I'm not listening

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