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Opening comments:  More at the end.
“Nothing has happened.  No charges have been laid and internal affairs appears to be asleep at the wheel.”

Finally the most important detail !!!!!
A recording of evil Peel police did them in !!!!

That - "
would compromise a major drug bust and catch a police officer lying, under oath, on the witness stand."

A fact that was not noted in the Judges Decision & most media reports!

To other related media articles        -        READ the whole Judges decision here

Comments by others to this web-page  - 4 - at time of posting.

Torstar Network  - Feb. 11, 2012 - By Torstar Network

Cops investigate internally

Peel Region Police say they are conducting an internal investigation after a judge’s damning words about the “reprehensible” conduct of members of their drug squad.  But critics are skeptical anything will be done.

“The police lied under oath in order to cover up (an) illegal search and persisted in their lying when confronted with the most damning of evidence. 
All these misdeeds were calculated, deliberate and utterly avoidable,” Superior Court Justice Deena Baltman said yesterday in a Brampton courtroom, reading out her reasons for sparing a baby-faced cocaine dealer a prison sentence.

“The police showed contempt not just for the basic rights of every accused but for the sanctity of a courtroom,” said Baltman, referring to four officers from the force’s drug and vice unit, who are involved in a multitude of other narcotics cases in Peel.

If perjury charges are laid and the officers convicted, then all investigations would probably be tainted and charges stayed, legal observers say.
But defence lawyer Leora Shemesh says previous judicial findings of misconduct by Peel police have been ignored and she doubts this case will be different.

“Since last September, Internal Affairs has had a formal finding from a Superior Court judge who concluded the officers’ conduct was reprehensible and should be addressed,” Shemesh said.

“Nothing has happened.  No charges have been laid and internal affairs appears to be asleep at the wheel.”

Shemesh represented Tan-Hung Dinh.  On Friday, the 28-year-old avoided prison after Baltman found Peel officers beat him, searched his home illegally and then came to court and lied about it.

After a pre-trial Charter motion ruling released last September, Baltman cited police misconduct as the reason for excluding all evidence seized from Dinh’s home, including two kilograms of cocaine, an ecstasy press and 2,000 grams of ecstasy.

The officers involved “essentially colluded and then committed perjury, en masse.  This must be addressed in a concrete way,” she wrote in her 38-page decision of Sept. 28.

A publication ban covering the ruling was lifted Friday after Dinh pleaded guilty to a remaining charge of trafficking nearly a kilo of cocaine found in the trunk of his car.

Minutes after Baltman spoke, Peel Police Chief Mike Metcalf issued a statement saying he ordered an internal investigation after learning of Baltman’s comments last fall.

“Allegations made against members of this service are taken seriously and will be investigated thoroughly,” he said.

The officers remain on active duty pending completion of the investigation.
Two Peel internal investigators were in the court Friday.  They refused to acknowledge who they were or make any comment when approached by a Star reporter.

Baltman said she was deviating from a prison sentence range of five to eight years typical for trafficking in that amount of drugs because of the “serious police misconduct involved.”

She sentenced Dinh to a two-year conditional sentence, with the first half to be served under house arrest.

Prosecutor Surinder Aujula, who told court “significant factors can be found for a (sentence) reduction in this case,” asked for a two-year custodial sentence but said the Crown was not opposed to two years less one day, allowing for a conditional sentence.

Dinh has been living under strict house arrest without any breaches since he was released Sept. 11, 2009, Baltman noted.  The automotive technician has no criminal record, has strong family support and appears to have been drawn into a drug subculture.

He admitted to brokering a cocaine deal on Sept. 9, 2009, when he was duped into meeting Const. Ian Dann, posing as a customer, at a Super 5 motel room in Mississauga.

Dann, along with constables Jason Hobson, Jay Kirkpatrick and Steve Roy, were inside the room.  Other officers set up surveillance outside.
Dinh arrived in the parking lot, walked to the room and knocked on the door, where officers were waiting.

But when his drug trafficking charges got to court, Shemesh applied to have the charges stayed or evidence excluded.  She alleged there were numerous Charter violations during the arrest.

Last summer, the judge heard evidence, including the testimony of Dinh and the officers. Baltman found a “gross disparity” in their descriptions of what happened.

Dinh testified he was pulled into the room by several officers, pushed onto a bed and beaten.

The officers denied any undue force was used, nor did they observe any injuries to him.

Citing photographs of his injuries, and evidence of his doctor, the judge sided with Dinh, saying the officers could not explain the bruises in the photos.
“Police used unwarranted physical violence against a fully cooperative subject,” she wrote in her September ruling.
Baltman added that while she found it “impossible” to determine how the injuries were caused and by whom, she was satisfied one of more of the officers “deliberately and unnecessarily injured Mr. Dinh.”

She also found other Charter breaches and excluded the drugs found in the residence.

But Baltman did find that the cocaine police obtained from his vehicle was admissible, so he faced a trial.
Dinh admitted his involvement and agreed to plead guilty but felt he needed to “tell his story,” Shemesh told court.  “He has always been very clear about why he is here and what he expected out of our judicial system,” she said.

“He is settled with the fact that he is being punished for his poor behaviour and he is settled that the judical system proceeded fairly in its assessment of the conduct that was perpetrated against him.”

Comments by others, 4, to this web-page;

NotReally     Feb 12, 2012 4:36 PM

The Crown will finally need to stop protecting the police

The cops will continue to ‘tune’ people up; sadly, this is never going to stop, especially with drug and street crime/gang units. But in many cases, almost all unheard of with no press, once any credible illegal actions by police officers is show by the defence during a trial, the Crown will almost always drop jail time and not oppose defences sentencing request for the convicted. Two injustices happen when this occurs by the Crown, the cops are not held accountable and the convicted are sometimes not sentenced accordingly. The police are the Crowns witnesses, so they cannot question the officers methods with proper scrutiny, this is part of how our system works.

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ForTheTruth     Feb 11, 2012 8:57 PM

What else is being kept quiet at "Police Head Quarters" ?

Time will tell. Truth always rises from murkey waters! Look at the changes at the RCMP head quarters this year.

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Mantis         Feb 11, 2012 7:02 PM

Looks Like Barber Is Censoring Comments Too

Too funny...not ony does Donald Barber (who will never ever be mayor) call himself the DEMOCRATIC REPORTER he also CENSORS comments posted to his riduclous movies and bans those who post comments critical of him. He seems to have gone crying to the Missy News to have several comments here removed. Pathetic. Anyway, the police do an difficult job and they do it well. They did it very well when they arrested that moron Barber for refusing to leave council chambers.

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well-put         Feb 11, 2012 5:35 PM

That's Peels finest for ya!!!

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zdotb         Feb 11, 2012 1:08 PM

@ Water0I0

I find your comment very offensive. Police officers put their lives on the line every single day to protect you and I. Sure, there may be a few "bad cops" but that is like any profession. There are bad teachers in Peel, bad doctors, but you would never suggest that all teachers in Peel are bad. The actions of a select few officers does not represent the views, ethics and behavior of the entire force. And for the record, I am not a cop, but I respect the job they do.

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WatcherOIO         Feb 11, 2012 11:04 AM

For more about how bad Peel cops are

click here - and want to hear your story

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