Gotta love Canada. The land where RCMP constables commit crimes with impunity, crimes that would garner any mere citizen with a lengthy prison sentence.
Take, as today's example, the case of RCMP Constable Andy Yung. For his crime, firing his service pistol and launching a round through the ceiling into the room above him while he was providing security at the 2008 Conference of Defence Ministers of Americas, he's been sentenced to... wait for it... zero jail time, an absolute discharge, NO firearms prohibition and he will be docked a whopping 5 days pay.
One more time, the RCMP and our so-called justice system disgusts me.
Here is a moron constable who gets drunk, takes his service pistol and in complete disregard for the safety of anyone else in the hotel, fires a round into the ceiling of his room and into the room above him.
Thank God the room was empty.
The unexpected free night had them going out for dinner in the hotel dining room. The wine flowed fast and Yung was drunk by the end of it.
But it didn't stop there, with some of the Mounties, including Yung, hitting a nightclub.
Back in his hotel room, before turning in for the night, Yung made a call to his ex-girlfriend that left him in tears.
Moments later, he fired a single round into the ceiling above, with the bullet passing through into an unoccupied floor.
What is also reported and admitted by RCMP Constable Yung is that he used the RCMP's CPIC system to keep tabs on his ex-girlfriend... the one he blames for his taking a shot at his hotel room ceiling.
"The board finds that the disgraceful conduct, which has been proven, brings discredit on the force."
The board reprimanded the constable and docked him five days' pay.
He has plead guilty to an unnamed charge. And don't forget about that reprimand. "Bad dog. Don't do it again." Yeah, that oughta teach him.
As a result of this ridiculous sentencing, Constable Andy Yung will NOT have a criminal record, is NOT subjected to a firearms prohibition (unlike any mere citizen) and even gets a 5-day unpaid vacation.
All while keeping his badge, service pistol and his job as an RCMP constable.
The only thing that brings MORE disrepute on the RCMP than this hand-picked constable's reprehensible actions is the actions of the RCMP itself and the judge who sentenced him.
The RCMP board, presided over by top officers, said an aggravating factor included "the embarrassment for the force through the involvement of another police service."
Well, at least in this much I agree with the RCMP's top ranking officers... the stupid actions of RCMP Constable Andy Yung are certainly an embarrassment for the RCMP... but not because some other agency was involved.
I have no doubt RCMP brass were annoyed that one of their hand-picked constables showed such poor judgment that he got drunk and fired his service pistol into the ceiling of his hotel room.
It's made even worse when that same constable admits to having used RCMP resources to "keep tabs on" his ex-girlfriend.
In less polite circles than the RCMP that would be called "stalking", which is a completely separate criminal offense.
But not when you're one of the Protected Class... an RCMP member.
Those laws are reserved for us less refined folk... you know... Mere Citizens.