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This one is so bad the Mississauga New wrote an editorial about it - One rule for all - a vain hope in Canada.
Yes there is a law for the rich & for the poor but also for the our RULERS - Government - and those who's primary job is to protect the RULERS - Government. These days it is those who wear the black uniforms and carry guns - police.
What we see here is a case of a "33-year veteran with Peel Regional Police" who should know better but I would say that it is because he is a "33-year veteran with Peel Regional Police" that he felt very confident he could get away with what he did. After all, surely he would not say he is not paid enough to cover a little fender bender. The cult of unaccountability that exists in Peel police has reached such levels that Peel police are setting records for unlawful acts and still they are treated like kids in youth court. Maybe the rise in killings and crime that the media keeps screaming about is because more and more people are using the Peel police acted as their moral guides and how we obey the law. After all, if the law enforcers use the laws & Charter of Rights & freedoms as toilet paper - why shouldn't we all? So what if thousands of Canadians died for its protections - it is getting in the way of kind of instant gratification and escaping accountability that the Peel police, politicians and rich well connect enjoy.
For more shameful Peel police facts click here.
Mississauga News - Oct. 21, 2008 - By: Louie Rosella
Veteran officer reprimanded for parking lot incident
The Ontario Civilian Commission on Police Services has ruled that a Peel Regional Police officer with more than 30 years on the job be docked pay for leaving the scene of an accident he caused.
Cst. William Yakimishyn, 57, who's been with the force 33 years and currently works out of the Emil V. Kolb Centre for Police Excellence on Derry Rd. E. in Mississauga, was ordered to work 20 hours without pay after pleading guilty to discreditable conduct under the Police Services Act.
The Commission's decision, which was presented to the Peel Police Services Board Friday (Oct. 17), came after Yakimishyn appealed his original penalty of five days, or 40 hours, without pay, imposed by Peel Supt. Steve Wollaston.
Wollaston was the hearing officer at Yakimishyn's disciplinary hearing.
The hearing heard that on the evening of June 8, 2006, while off duty, Yakimishyn was driving his white Buick when he struck a car in the parking lot of an East Side Mario's restaurant in Brampton, causing a large scratch to the other car
The other driver and a friend confronted Yakimishyn in the restaurant. During the conversation, Yakimishyn denied causing damage to the vehicle, the hearing heard, despite the fact that three witnesses confirmed Yakimishyn caused the accident.
The other driver then advised Yakimishyn that she would be reporting the damage to the police. At this time, Yakimishyn left the scene "and while not requested, he did not volunteer to give his name or provide the vehicle’s ownership and insurance documents to the complainant," according to hearing documents.
"Constable Yakimishyn did not wait at the scene for the police to arrive, nor did he make any other attempts to contact the police,' according to an agreed statement of facts.
Later that night, Yakimishyn was charged with the criminal offence of failing to remain at an accident, but pleaded to a lesser charge of failing to report an accident under the Highway Traffic Act. He also paid $200 in restitution to the other driver.
"The actions of Constable Yakimishyn in failing to report the accident and the manner in which he dealt with the incident were discreditable in nature and likely to bring discredit to the reputation of the Peel Regional Police," the agreed statement said.
Both the Peel Police lawyer and Yakimishyn's lawyer entered a joined submission for the recommended penalty — 20 hours without pay.
But, Wollaston, the hearing officer, "indicated he was not satisfied that the penalty adequately reflected a number of aggravating factors, namely, the seriousness of the misconduct, the need for general deterrence, public interest and consistency of penalty." He instead imposed a penalty of 40 hours without pay.
Yakimishyn, who has received three letters of appreciation and three attendance awards during his tenure, appealed his penalty to the Commission.
Commission members agreed that Wollaston's penalty was "harsh and excessive."
"We find that the Hearing Officer has failed to provide reasons for rejecting the submission (of 20 hours with no pay), which (is) fair, reasonable, clear and cogent," the Commission said in its ruling.
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