Recently, a Vancouver-area citizens group known as “Creep Catchers,” whose aim is to snare child predators, reeled in a Royal Canadian Mounted Police employee. The RCMP arrested the worker, though they won’t tell us his name. Curiously, the Vancouver Sun told us what his name is not, however. The police worker’s name is not Constable Dan Johnson.
In a press conference held on September 9, Surrey RCMP acting commanding officer Brenda Butterworth-Carr said,”Last night as the investigation progressed, the suspected officer was arrested and taken into custody where he remains today…If these allegations are substantiated, we will be taking immediate steps to separate ourselves from this individual.”
“These allegations are egregious and not in keeping with what we expect from our employees.”
Damn straight, Mrs. Butterworth. He’s not an “officer” any longer. He’s an employee of a police department. For now. Unfortunately, even as Mrs. Butterworth switched over to the use of “individual” and “employee” after acknowledging the “officer’s” arrest, Corporate Media continued referring to the anonymous federal civil servant as an “officer.”
While stating the fed was suspended, media reports failed to clarify whether that was with or without pay. This being Canada, it is probably fair to say the pervert-in-red is on paid vacation. Canadian police workers who go rogue – and get caught – tend to draw out their vacation for years. It took four years to fire Monty Robinson, the fed who ordered the murder of stapler-wielding Robert Dziekansky at the Vancouver Aiport. And Robinson was only fired after mowing down Orion Hutchinson in a drunken stupor. The local police declined to charge Robinson with drunk driving. Delta Police threw the public a bone and charged him with obstructing justice. Robinson was fined C$1,000 and ordered to write Mr. Hutchinson’s survivors a letter saying he was sorry (again, this is Canada we’re talking about).
In a syrupy soliloquy that had the press conference attendees blowing their noses with pancakes, Mrs. Butteworth scorned Creep Catchers for their “vigilantism” and for naming the wrong police department employee (which, to reiterate, is not Dan Johnson). Mrs. Butterworth laid it on thick as she spoke of the stress caused to Dan and his family.
Mrs. Butterworth is absolutely right. Can’t go around naming the wrong people. That could cause them undue stress and make them feel bad.
With regard to the charge of “vigilantism,” it’s simple. If you want something done right, you do it yourself. The Mounties were probably too busy making criminals out of people (see John Nuttall / Amanda Korody) who were too stupid to be criminals, so somebody had to step in and fill the void left by competent law enforcement. Enter, Creep Catchers.
On a sweeter note, LettersToTheBeast wishes Missus Butterworth all the best in her new position as the de-facto spokesthingy for the RCMP in metropolitan Vancouver. We certainly hope she has better career success than former spokesman Tim Shields…
…And we certainly wish her better than Pierre Lemaitre, who was spokesman for the RCMP after the Dziekanski murder. Pierre lied about the circumstances surrounding Robert Dziekansi death. He didn’t know it at the time. And when he found out, he was mad. He demanded his superiors correct the information. They refused.
Pierre Lemaitre was suicided on July 29, 2013. He was hanged in his Abbotsford home. He was 55 years old.
Pierre LeMaitre was a good cop. Watch your back, Mrs. Butterworth. The RCMP doesn’t tolerate good cops. Of course, you’ve been there long enough to know that, haven’t you?
LettersToTheBeast reminds our regular readers: Paul Gross, Leslie Nielsen and Gordon Pinsent were never actually, really, Mounties.
Oh, by the way, speaking of Tim Shields, I have a great idea for CreepCatchers’ next assignment…