$12M Lawsuit: 100 RCMP officers at Hamilton Airport, not called by OPP to assist in failed raid

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UPDATED July 08/08

CaledoniaWakeUpCall and VoiceofCanada have obtained a copy of the Statement of Claim for a $12,000,000 lawsuit against Gwen Boniface, Julian Fantino, Brian Haggith and the Province of Ontario by Caledonia residents Dave Brown and Dana Chatwell.

Brown/Chatwell Statement of Claim 
(see also VoC feature, Caledonia Lawsuits)

The claim is nothing less than a shocking indictment of OPP police state tactics and their complete abdication of law enforcement authority in the face of direct interference by the provincial government and native criminals. The actual Statement of Claim is 54 pages long, so we will be releasing excerpts from the document to help readers digest the unbelievable details. In actual fact, long time readers of VoiceofCanada and CaledoniaWakeUpCall will find these excerpts all too believable.

This following excerpts describe allegations that the OPP abdicated their responsibilities by failing to request assistance from the Canadian Forces or the RCMP who were ready and waiting at Hamilton Airport. 

NOTE: allegations made in the Statement of Claim have not been proven in court.
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[Brown, Chatwell Statement of Claim, page 15 of 54, paras 31-33]

Failure of Commissioner Boniface and O.P.P. to Request Assistance

31. The Haldimand Police Services Agreement requires the O.P.P. to be capable of providing provincial-level of response that can be mobilized for emergencies, disasters and specialized needs. Section 55 of the Police Services Act authorizes the Solicitor General, not the Minister of Public Infrastructure and Renewal, to make an agreement with the Crown in Right of Canada or of another Province or with any Federal or Provincial agencies including the Canadian Armed Forces for the provision of police services in an emergency.

32. In the early morning of April 20, 2006, a contingent of approximately one hundred RCMP officers was stationed at the Mount Hope Airport in Hamilton (“RCMP officers”). However, the O.P.P., Commissioner Boniface and Inspector Haggith failed to coordinate their efforts with the RCMP officers or to request the assistance of the RCMP officers on April 20, 2006 when they attempted to evict and arrest the protesters and obtain control of Douglas Creek Estates.

33. The O.P.P. and/or Commissioner Boniface and Inspector Haggith failed to require the assistance of the Canadian Forces as they were entitled to do pursuant to the Police Services Act and as they were required to do pursuant to the Haldimand Police Services Agreement. 

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