Licia Corbella has worked for daily newspapers in Canada for more than 27 years and is currently a columnist and the editorial page editor at the Calgary Herald.
I have tried for years to get Ms Corbella to write about the systemic and ongoing corruption and crooked and criminal acts being perpetrated within the Calgary Police Service and other agencies, and every time nothing was done. Now here she is, riding in on her new white horse, in her shiny new armour, Lance at the ready, onward and upward to do battle against the very same evil Calgary Police Service. Better late than never I suppose.
Below are some of Ms Corbellas and others statements from her article today.
1: Corbella: Police code protecting bad officers must be broken and here’s how.
2: There are good and bad people in every organization — and there are many good police officers — but when there are bad people within a police service the potential harm to individuals and society is simply intolerable.
3: The time for police to hold all the power with the state backing them must end.
4: The time is also long past for true civilian oversight of the police. Police commissions have become little more than police fan clubs.
5: The idea that only police can investigate police following a serious incident is absurd. There are many people who are capable of conducting complex investigations.
6: It’s Prodaniuk’s hope that from now on, those who blow the whistle on discreditable conduct within any police service might actually prevent bad officers from continuing their careers rather than hinder the careers of those who complain, and that in turn might save the lives of people like Floyd
7: Police, by the very nature of the power vested in each member — not just by the firepower they carry on their hip but through their right to use it — should be held to a higher standard of accountability than the average citizen. Instead, as history shows, they are held to a much lower standard than the rest of society. They remain virtually unaccountable, and that must end.
8: A much better job of weeding out recruits is essential if policing is to improve. Those who want to become police officers to wield power over others — rather than to serve and protect — need to be identified and removed from consideration.
9: Were it not for how ubiquitous cameras and video have become as a result of the near universality of smartphones, lies that have protected police from their own acts of brutality, baseness and discreditable conduct are no longer believed.
10: It’s time to break the code.
Licia Corbella is a Postmedia columnist in Calgary. email@example.com
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