An officer’s job is to serve and protect, not bully

Why did the officer proceed to harass a law-obeying citizen who was just talking to his friends?

Editor, The News:

Re: Mountie doesn’t want criminal record (The News, March 30).

First of all, why did the officer proceed to harass a law-obeying citizen who was just talking to his friends?

Is it because the man was showing an attitude?

He had every right to be angry at police as they were ignorant and abusing their authority, once again.

It angers me that police think that they have a right to enter anybody’s property without permission and use unnecessary force. What happened to this officer’s training? Did they not teach him to ask questions and listen to all present to get other people’s stories?

What happened to non-violent crises intervention?

Why did he proceed to harass the man when the female neighbour explained that the officers were at the wrong address?

This has happened too often and it needs to stop.

I work with mentally ill people and never in my 17 years have I witnessed any staff member acting like those police officers.

I assure you if that happened, both officers who used the force would be fired.

The officers should be held accountable for their actions, as their job is to serve and protect people, not to act like bullies.

Eva Jez

Maple Ridge

 

Gee, officer

Editor, The News:

Re: Mountie doesn’t want criminal record (The News, March 30).

Gee, constable, I didn’t want a criminal record either – 30 years ago.

I pleaded your exact words to the judge: “I’ve learned my lesson.”

I pleaded this to the judge, right across the walkway from your office, in the old courtroom, and what did I get?

A $200 fine. which was substantial in those days, and – a criminal record.

And I didn’t beat anyone up.

So, be a man, and take the same treatment I got, for a non-violent crime.

James Mark Beckett

Maple Ridge