I’m here in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, for Jane Gaffin’s Celebration of Life event (more on that later) and much to my shock and surprise Allen Carlos tells me that one of the cops who killed Robert Dziekanski was sentenced to prison time for perjury.
I wracked my brain to remember who had gone on trial so far in this endless debacle. The first cop was acquitted although I could not remember his name, so I thought Allen was talking about RCMP Constable Kwesi Millington, but I was wrong. Constable Millington (former yet?) was sentenced to 30 months in prison last month.
No, it was my favourite RCMP thug and drunk driver, former RCMP Corporal Monty Robinson, who found himself facing “a deuce less” as the saying goes… two years less a day in prison for lying to the Braidwood Commission Inquiry into Robert Dziekanski’s death.
That means he will not go to federal prison where he belongs. Instead he will serve his time (if he ever goes to prison that is) in a provincial prison.
At least it’s something.
And even though it is deeply satisfying to see this thug finally sentenced to prison time I have to ask myself… Is this sentence politically-motivated? Sure, Robinson deserves to be in prison for killing two men, but can you really convict two cops of perjury while acquitting the other two? I wonder.
There is a huge public appetite to see Robinson in prison. I know. I’ve been leading that charge for years. He deserves to spend a long time in prison for no other reason than he killed Orion Hutchinson and then downed two shots of vodka at home before returning to the scene of the killing to stonewall his fellow RCMP officers and their investigation into what he’d done.
For that alone he deserves to rot in prison for the rest of his life.
But as much as I want to see this guy in jail I still have to ask myself the question.
Was he sentenced to prison for lying or because he simply needed to be put in prison?
I don’t even know why I’m asking that question since I’m thrilled that a judge in this country is finally willing to send an RCMP thug to jail. It’s long overdue and hopefully more of the RCMP’s thugs will now find themselves behind bars.
If nothing else it will leave room for the good cops to do their jobs without the stink of scumbags like former RCMP Corporal Monty Robinson hanging over their heads.