UPDATE 1110 EST, Feb 24/07: Kyle Stubbins.com editorial, “More of Fantino’s Two-Tiered Tactics”
OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino has asked the Hamilton Police Service to conduct a discreditable conduct investigation under the Police Service Act into the actions of Constable Dave Hartless who – without identifying himself as a police officer – wrote a letter criticizing the OPP and the Two Tier Justice system that plagues Caledonia. Click here for the CHML audio clip.
According to an article by Hamilton Spectator reporter Susan Clairmont, ‘Off-duty cop has a right to speak out,‘ the Police Services Act says that off-duty officers are permitted to express views on any subject that is not related to their duties just as long as they don’t link their position to a police force or their position as an officer.
So, what’s the problem, especially since Hartless lives right beside the Douglas Creek Estates and has seen – and experienced first hand – the lawlessness and violence of the criminals who have terrorized Caledonia for nearly a year over a bogus land claim?
The problem is that Fantino cannot afford to have a well-respected citizen in Caledonia aggressively criticizing the actions of the OPP, a man who understands what real law enforcement is supposed to look like, and knows that the OPP ain’t even close.
Caledonia is still being terrorized by gangsters while Fantino’s officers watch, yet he has blamed the town’s problems on ‘mischief making’ by outsiders – McHale and me. Now, it’s Dave Hartless who’s the ‘problem.’ Who will be insulted or silenced next by Fantino for standing up against Two Tier Justice?
Instead of getting aggressive about reforming the trainwreck the OPP has become; instead of enforcing the Rule of Law and the Constitutional rights of Ontario’s citizens, Fantino has made a career out of insulting, arresting and now – harassing those who speak out against a race-based policing model purposely designed to suspend civil rights for law-abiding citizens and allow native suspects to escape arrest or identification even when the crimes are committed in front of OPP officers.
In saddling Dave Hartless with this ‘investigation’ Fantino has temporarily silenced a credible and effective advocate for the Rule of Law until the Hamilton Police Service can dispense with this farce.
We shouldn’t be surprised about the Commissioner’s actions. After all, this is a man who met with the DCE criminals and/or their supporters on Jan 20/06 to promise that he would protect them from law abiding, peaceful protesters who have never broken any laws in Caledonia. He wouldn’t meet with us, though and hid inside the Unity Road detachment as his frontline officers did the dirty work of trying their best NOT to explain why the OPP was violating our rights. Fantino seems to have a hard time telling the difference between the criminals and the good guys.
Supporting the Hartless family
Unfortunately for Commissioner Fantino, Linda Hartless isn’t a police officer he can intimidate, and she happens to believe in values like freedom of speech and in standing up for the rights of her husband, her family and her community. And, wise lady that she is, she turned to the only consistent voice against Two Tier Justice to help her – Gary McHale.
I called Gary McHale as soon as I heard about Fantino’s move against Hartless to discuss our possible response and to offer my complete support. By that time, he’d already spoken with Linda who asked for our help in organizing a show of support for Dave. She told McHale that Dave has stood up for his community, and she would appreciate its support as the OPP try to silence him with their “scare tactics.”
We want Linda Hartless and all of Caledonia to know that we are – as they say in the courts – ‘seized of this matter’ and will release – ASAP – details of a planned March for Freedom event to take place within one week as a show of support for the Hartless family. There will definitely be petitions for the Hamilton Police. We are inviting participation from community leaders and citizens who wish to help. Please contact Gary McHale at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer. Stay tuned to CaledoniaWakeupCall.com for details.
Let us stand together against the Liberal-Fantino police state
On December 21, 2006, just days after Gary McHale and I were arrested for trying to raise a Canadian flag, the Toronto Star reprinted a hard-hitting editorial from the St. Catharines Standard that severely criticized the OPP and the Ontario Liberal government for their handling of the Caledonia crisis.
“…the line has to be drawn at enforcing the law. There cannot be different classes of law for different classes of people. That undermines the very equality we strive for and cherish in Canada. The rule of law is paramount in Canada’s society and must be upheld.”
That seems to be exactly what Linda Hartless was thinking when she observed during her conversation with Gary McHale that there are plenty of countries out there where the government is corrupt, but she didn’t expect it from Canada. She said that her family was in Canada because we have rights, including the freedom of speech.
Apparently we don’t have the rights you thought we did, Linda – if Julian Fantino has his way. Instead of doing what it takes to protect the rights of Ontario’s citizens, it seems that the OPP Commissioner is going to squander his tenure trying to silence critics of an insane politically-correct policing experiment that is very quickly destroying faith in Ontario’s democratic institutions.
We cannot and will not allow the jackboots of Two Tier Justice to take away our rights, and especially those of Dave Hartless, a good man who has stood strong for his community against the evil perpetrated against Caledonia.
Please…stay tuned to CaledoniaWakeUpCall for details about the next March for Freedom event, and activities designed to support the Hartless family at this difficult time.
UPCOMING VoC POSTS:
Are you wondering why OPP Commissioner Fantino seems to have difficulty distinguishing between criminals and law-abiding citizens? Don’t miss “Ipperwash Inquiry vs. Rule of Law in Caledonia.”
You may also enjoy “VoC visits Ipperwash – photo album.”