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"Peel police has been infiltrated by a group of yahoos, modern-day cowboys (or cowgirls) intent on living outside of the law that they have been entrusted to uphold."
The Mississauga News - Sept 27, 2006
Serious charges against police
You are innocent until proven guilty and that also applies to the police.
In the past week, three serious charges have been levelled against Peel Regional Police and we are not going to suggest guilt or innocence in any of these specific cases.
Police departments in all jurisdictions go through dozens of these claims each year, where citizens come forward claiming some sort of ill treatment or abuse by officers.
Most turn out to be false claims filed by disgruntled individuals who have grudges against particular departments or officers.
But not all complainants are cranks bent on discrediting the force. Some have legitimate beefs and they must be taken seriously.
In this strange land in which we live, most complaints filed against police are investigated by the department itself; essentially, the police investigate the police.
We can live with this fact, but with this blessing must come a higher level of scrutiny and a higher level of acceptable behaviour.
At face value, the alleged behaviour of the officers involved is abhorrent. If true, it shows Peel police has been infiltrated by a group of yahoos, modern-day cowboys (or cowgirls) intent on living outside of the law that they have been entrusted to uphold.
Again, if true, it shows they have no respect for the position, and more importantly, no respect for their colleagues, the vast majority of whom pull on the uniform each day to serve with commitment and integrity.
In the days ahead, we implore Chief Mike Metcalf and his staff to investigate these charges thoroughly. If the complaints turn out to be true, the offending officers must be dealt with quickly and severely. If they are not true, they will have to clearly explain why.
The public trust is at stake and that must not be taken lightly.
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