Stirring up the Sh**t with the Durham Police

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I’ll say right up front that I was already a bit fired up from last night’s viewing of Why We Fight when I took to this morning’s news. And yet I still can’t believe that nobody’s making a bigger deal about this…

Buried deep in this CTV Story following up on Ontario’s worst-ever mass murder is the bombshell that after tailing the eight soon-to-be-victims to the farm where they were later executed, Durham Regional Police officers simply up and left.

Once again, after previously targeting this group as having ties to the Bandidos biker gang, and suspecting that a major drug deal was about to take place, the Durham Regional Police decided to leave.

The explanation given was that the cops assumed the bikers were attending a party; the only reasonable explanation I can come up with is that they were paid off to look the other way. Of course that’s pure speculation, but if I were covering this story I don’t think I would accept such a lame excuse by law enforcement without at least a follow-up question or two!

Chalk it up to our trademark Canadian apathy, I guess… We’ll bitch and moan about anything, but when it comes time for action or accountability we fall inexplicably silent.

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5 Responses to Stirring up the Sh**t with the Durham Police

  1. Phil Maker says:

    Where’s you see “Why We Fight”. It’s not on the radar in Vancouver. I’d have to drive to Seattle.

  2. Hiya Phil,

    The DVD of “Why We Fight” will be officially released on June 20th—as for how I got to see it, well… That’s between me and the internet, I guess.

    😉

  3. Ed Miller says:

    AC:
    As a former Oshawanian, I have to defend the fine officers of the Durham Regional Police. I doubt the Durham cops took a payoff from the bikers. The surveillance team, likely looking like a couple of soccer dad types in a minivan or two, tailed their target to another known biker’s house. They established a link between their target and the other bikers, and they probably called it a day. After all, they’d only have proof enough to arrest anyone if a crime took place within sight of the road. Plus they were way out of town (no relief or backup unless they called in the OPP), and their focus was on seeing who their boy was seeing.
    Besides, there may have been other police forces running surveillance on the farm that night with all the company rolling in, but we may never hear about that.

  4. Ed,

    I commend you standing up for your former police service; do you have any firsthand experience with them to back that up?

    My only run-in with them is documented here:

    https://acurrie.wordpress.com/2004/07/08/cop-speak/

  5. Ed Miller says:

    AC:
    I spent the summer after high school as a security guard for a new subdivision going up across from what the locals call “the ghetto” (really just Ontario Housing townhouses similar to Regent Park), and I had to call the Durhams on a regular basis to help keep the yahoos away from the lumber and open basements. Everyone one of the officers I dealt with were friendly and supportive, even though they were patrolling the south end of the Shwa at night during a really hot summer! I have to admit I haven’t had a negative experience with the Durhams or any other Canadian police. My worst, and indirect, experience was in Niagara Falls, NY, where bouncers threw some goof out of a bar onto the sidewalk where 4 officers “subdued” him with their billy clubs. Nasty. And I will never visit Mexico after a coworker had an adventure with the police down there, but it’s a long and disturbing story…..

    Ed

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