UPDATE 1603 EST Oct 21/08: Smoke shack shooter who shot man after threatening woman and child on DCE had 43 previous firearm-related convictions, sentenced to 4.5 years. See Hamilton Spectator, Oct 21/08: Shack shooter gets 4 1/2 years [PDF] [REPRINT].
UPDATE – Sept 10/07: A new website unconnected with VoC/CWUC has posted excerpts of the audio tapes that are the subject of this article. See Audio recordings reveal OPP hid DCE dangers from public – Part 2. See also, ‘DCE tapes finally revealed‘ by Jeff Parkinson.
UPDATE 1017 EST May 18/07: We have received an unconfirmed report suggesting that yesterday’s shooting incident originally began with an argument on the Six Nations Reserve following which the gunman went to the occupied Douglas Creek Estates where he threatened a woman and child with a rifle before moving on to the smoke shop on Highway 6 where the victim was shot.
In light of today’s shooting incident in Caledonia during which – contrary to the impression given by the official OPP news release – the occupied Douglas Creek Estates played a key role, it is time the public knew how dangerous the native occupiers are, and how the OPP has been keeping that knowledge from the public.
OPP Commissioner Fantino
London Free Press, Jorge Barrera, March 17, 2007: Little trust, no patience [PDF]
If the commissioner of the OPP is to be believed, all is well in Caledonia. Unfortunately, the commissioner cannot be believed because he and his subordinates have known or ought to have known all along that the criminals on the Douglas Creek Estates present a very real danger to the public. How much of a danger?
Natives plan to kill OPP officers and residents
- Natives authorize the killing of OPP officers.
- Natives talk of killing residents.
- Natives interfere with a police chase.
- Natives interfere with ambulance routing.
- Natives give orders to OPP re routing, and OPP obey those orders.
- Natives swarm OPP officers trying to conduct an investigation.
UPDATE: We discovered while doing a google search that someone has posted excerpts from the recordings on this site:
- Listen to Truth: http://listentotruth.blogspot.com/
- VoiceofCanada, Sept 08/07: Audio recordings reveal OPP hid DCE dangers from public – Part 2
- CaledoniaWakeUpCall blog, Sept 09/07: DCE tapes finally revealed
Our attempts to make the recordings public
We were planning to release these recordings at our April 17/07 FantinoGate news conference at Queen’s Park. Unfortunately, however, we were forced to explain to the media present that we risked fines of up to $25,000 were we to do so.
We have meetings scheduled later this month with representatives of the Ministry of Community Safety & Corrections regarding our current complaints against Commissioner Fantino. Our intent is to submit the recordings in support of an additional complaint against the commissioner for failing to disclose the dangers to the public.
The ‘Jane Doe’ case
In 1986 a woman named ‘Jane Doe’ was raped and later sued the Toronto Police for failing to warn the public that a serial rapist was operating in the neighbourhood. She was awarded $220,000 after successfully arguing that had police issued a warning she could have taken security precautions. Here is an excerpt from Justice Jean MacFarland’s ruling as quoted by the Ontario Women’s Justice Network:
“Here police were aware of specific threats or risks to a specific group of women and they did nothing to warn those women of the danger they were in, nor did they take any measures to protect them.
“[They made the] very serious decision not to warn these women of the risk they faced. This they did in the face of the almost certain knowledge that the rapist would attack again and cause irreparable harm to his victim. In my view, their decision in this respect was irresponsible and grossly negligent.”
Today’s shooter could just have easily turned his gun on the homes of nearby residents, residents who have been told that everything is under control, that there is no danger. Today, we got a hard lesson that none of this is true. The OPP knew of the danger, yet failed to warn the public.
Unfortunately, hiding the dangers posed by violent native criminals is nothing new for the OPP. The Ipperwash Papers reveal they went out of their way to deny or downplay reports of gunfire coming from the illegally occupied former Ipperwash Army base as did the Chief Counsel for the Ipperwash Inquiry during a 90 minute ‘Community Consultation meeting on June 21/06.
OPP lies continue unabated
Even today, the OPP continues to lie by omission. We have been contacted by witnesses who saw a man on the Douglas Creek Estates with a rifle yelling at a woman holding a child, and saying, “I will fucking kill you right here!” One witness went to tell the OPP who, instead of dealing with the situation, called Six Nations Police. In the meantime the man left DCE and shot his victim at a smokeshop on Highway 6.
In spite of the dramatic incident on the Douglas Creek Estates the OPP’s official media release didn’t mention DCE once.
OPP deliberately mislead public with attacks on ‘outsiders’
Not only did the OPP fail to warn the public of the dangers posed by the maniacs on the Douglas Creek Estates, they compounded their negligence when they launched malicious attacks on ‘outsiders’ in an attempt to divert attention and criticism away from their racially driven policing practices. I often wondered why the OPP felt so driven to discredit us, what they were trying to hide. Now we know.
As recently as yesterday we were in contact with the editor of a major news outlet who expressed an interest in receiving copies of the OPP/DCE audio recordings.
We will be proceeding with our complaint to the Solicitor General so he can never say he ‘didn’t know.’ Hopefully, a resident or residents of Caledonia will be also interested in filing complaints of their own against the OPP who have endangered their safety by failing to inform, and by failing to respond to the original incident.
We would also like to assist the wounded native man with filing a complaint with the Ontario Civilian Commission on Police Services if he wishes to do so.
How many more lies will the OPP have to tell before the Solicitor General orders this force disbanded or reformed from top to bottom?
How many more people will have to die or be injured before an end to Two Tier Justice is legislated through limits on ‘police discretion?’
How many more?
- CaledoniaWakeUpCall.com, May 17/07: Man shot because OPP fail at their duty
- Ontario Women’s Justice Network: Jane Doe v. Board of Commissioners of Police of Toronto
- OPP media release, May 17/07: Shooting suspect apprehended
- FantinoGate: OPP & Native Radio Transmissions
- FantinoGate: Vandermaas complaint re OPP statements
- FantinoGate: Queen’s Park news conference, April 17/07
Mark Vandermaas, Editor