REPORTING · 10th November 2010
In an action filed today in the Smithers Court Registry, Shane Parker has taken the Terrace RCMP to task for their alleged assaults, homophobic and discriminatory practices on two separate occasions.
The statement of claim alleges on June 19, 2010, Parker was assaulted, battered, detained and then unlawfully charged of assaulting and obstructing a peace officer. The very same claims are made regarding a similar incident on August 7, 2010.
Both of these incidents occurred after Parker claims he witnessed officers assaulting a woman, in the first case, and a man in the second, outside the doors of the Spirit Night Club in Terrace. From the statement of claim it appears Parker was making inquiries as to the safety of the persons being assaulted when he was summarily battered.
The assaults, according to the statement of claim, did not just involve physical injuries but also psychological attacks. The officers are alleged to have made effeminate and homophobic gestures during their assaults and detainment.
The claim alleges the RCMP denied Parker necessary medical attention after failing to ensure he did not sustain injuries when being detained. It alleges malicious discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation stating “At all material times the acts of [the RCMP] . . . were harsh, vindictive, reprehensible and malicious in nature and were intended to cause harm and injury to the plaintiff. . .”
The statement of claim details numerous injuries suffered by Parker;
Concussion, strangulation with associated injury to the brain and eyes, multiple contusions and abrasions, multiple lacerations, soft tissue injuries to the neck, torso and limbs, followed by headaches, nausea, dizziness and depression.
The claim alleges negligence, excessive force, denial of medical treatment, arbitrary and unlawful arrest and detention, abuse of process and police powers and sexual discrimination.
The Terrace RCMP have not yet had the opportunity to respond to these allegations as the papers were just filed on Wednesday in the Smithers Court Registry and have yet to be served.
I just don't understand sometimes
Comment by Evan Jennings on 10th December 2010
What I don't get is why most of these comments are questioning about the concerns about two things.
A. Whether or not Shane started it. It doesn't matter if Shane was rightfully arrested or if he was mouthing off to the officers. It does not give them the right to assault him just to make him shut up. They are the police, the protectors of the peace... PEACE.. that usually means no violence.
B. About the homophobic comments that were said to have taken place. That can't be proven one way or another and really doesn't matter. The main point again is that in the end they beat the pulp out of him. All Shane is saying is what he believes was why they did it.
To Mr. Ippel:
Comment by Brian O'Halligan on 27th November 2010
"Do you not have the cajones to answer a simple question, or can we conclude that if you or your family were personnally assaulted or injured by someone the first thing you would do is dial 911 and demand Police assistance????????
You proudly verbally abuse the Police with your rantings but refuse to answer a simple question."
I'm deeply sorry that I couldn't get back to you on such an irrelevant question, but unfortunately, I do have other things to do which occasionally take up time that I would otherwise absolutely love to spend browsing this site and conversing with a gem of a person such as yourself.
To respond: Of course I would call the police. And I would expect them to act with professionalism and respect.
The problem here seems to be that you believe that we have to unconditionally respect and love police officers (and our troops, too, eh?) simply because of the fact that they protect us from others. I disagree. If someone tasked with our safety behaves badly and can be demonstrated to have behaved badly (and not only that, but inflicted harm on those that they are supposed to protect), they do not deserve the respect that you seem to believe that they should be afforded.
When I and several friends were bear maced by a teenage brat, the police on Vancouver Island were more than pleasant and polite. This does not change the fact that elsewhere in the province, the RCMP seems to have difficulty not killing perps who are handcuffed or in cells.
Comment by James Ippel on 21st November 2010
I asked you a question a few days ago.
Do you not have the cajones to answer a simple question, or can we conclude that if you or your family were personnally assaulted or injured by someone the first thing you would do is dial 911 and demand Police assistance????????
You proudly verbally abuse the Police with your rantings but refuse to answer a simple question.
I am sure all posters on this topic are anxious to hear your answer.
Comment by Danny Nunes on 19th November 2010
Its clear to me that the story indicates that the persons name in this case is Shane Parker...
and we all know that spidermans secret identity is Peter Parker.
Therefore it stands to reason that Shane was not attacked due to a hate crime...it was because he is Spiderman and Spiderman is a known vigilante with super powers and that requires excessive force.
Call me silly if you wish but is what I stated above any less silly then some of the conclusions and biases others have contributed to this comment section.
P.S Spiderman is a man who leads a double life he keeps secret from his aunt, best friends, and employer...draw your own conclusions from that.
Poor Innocent Victim
Comment by Reality Check on 19th November 2010
Common Sense tell MOST of us "Don't interfere with that arrest." "Don't push that police officer." "Don't resist if they try to arrest me."
Self Preservation tells MOST of us "If I push that cop I'll get my ass kicked." "If I push that cop who is already struggling with a drunk he's trying to arrest I'll get my ass kicked BAD."
"If I touch that hot stove it'll hurt." "If I step out into traffic I will get hurt badly."
The fact that Mr. Parker expected any outcome other that what happened is beyond me. Sounds like a candidate for the Darwin Awards.
Comment by concerned citizen on 18th November 2010
I can tell you I am truly sick and tired of the police bullying people. I know many people who have been harassed, choked out or just plain beaten by these young goons who call themselves police officers. If you don't think this is happening then you need to get your head out of the sand and take a look around. I can't believe what these officers get away with and I think it is fine time they are called on their tactics. I don't know if it is because these people are so young with to much power or what, but if I were the inspector at this station I would not be proud of these bullies at all. Frankly my respect for the RCMp went out the window along time ago and I am fearful that it's going to take an officer choking someone to death before anything is done about their obnoxious behavior. I think it is time to get some respect back and quit acting like the bullies that you appear to be. Is it really necessary to beat the crap out of people and than say well they were resisting arrest! Give me a break and use your power the way it was intended and not walk around with this attitude that you are above the law. I hope the inspector at this detachment takes a long hard look at his officers and doesn't have to explain to someones family why so and so died as a result of police brutality!
Well said Ms. McCleary
Comment by James Ippel on 18th November 2010
The points you have raised certainly are valid. If beaten a first time for interfering, why would the same individual step in a second time for more of the same treatment?
I have seen the photos of Shanes injuries, and believe me, the Police are so afraid of stepping out of line now a days they would have had two ambulances to escort this guy to hospital. I just cannot fathom that these injuries were inflicted by the Police. Call me stupid, call me whatever, but I just do not believe the injuries inficted on this man were caused by the Police.
As for the comment by the Editor that the BC Civil Liberties Association claim to have recorded such instances of certain Terrace police overstepping their public safety duties--I feel that claims were based on the submissions of one certain female individual who in the past has been well know for being anti-police, anti-society, and anti-authority.
I lost "ALL" respect for Mr. David Eby when he touted the statements of this individual as being the gospel truth. I had my doubts about this man when he kept he people away from the Olympic Riots in Vancouver so they could not observe idiots breaking the law (at the request of the law breakers). He accepted unproven, and unanswered statements, then used the excuse he could not come back to Terrace for more information because of lack of funding.
Lets wait for the investigation to be completed, or the Court Case heard before passing judgement.
Comment by Moe Naguib on 18th November 2010
It takes time, a lot of time for a case to make its way through the legal system. The result is often that things in peoples (RCMP are people too) minds get faded or tainted and true justice suffers.
Comment by Jeremiah Lawal on 17th November 2010
You presume much Mr. Reinhard. Where you actually there when this incident occured? It appears to me that you're passing some pretty harsh judgements on Parker. Who are you anyways, and why do you feel the need to belittle others behind the cover of the internet? Do you even know Parker, or the officers involved? Do you have any valid points to make based on hard evidence? If you do, I'd love to see it. Otherwise, try to be a respectful person and keep your judgements to yourself.
It is inherant right of citizens to place inquiries.
Comment by Lisa Fusaro on 17th November 2010
I'm sorry Kristen, but you are an extremely naive person if what you wrote is what you actually believe. There is good and bad in every profession out there. Just because the police are who they are, doesn't mean that doesn't exclude them. Don't get me wrong, I very much respect the job they do and would honestly never want to do it. However, people can make mistakes and police often act in the heat of the moment, so if something did happen whether intentionally or not, Shane Parker has every right to make an iquire about it, that is his right as a Canadian citizen and who are we to judge that until a court hears all evidence. I work for the government as well and I always tell my clients if they don't like my ethics or practices, who they have to complain to because everyone has the right to be heard. Isn't that what Canada is about?
Comment by Anonymous on 17th November 2010
1) Regardless of whether Alex is gay or not, RCMP should not say anything homophobic.
2) Just because he had a few drinks does not mean he could not think logically enough to avoid a fight with the police or abide by their rules.
3) "We should believe 4 sober police over 1 intoxicated man" Are you sure the cops haven't cracked your head as well? If this article is true there's a good chance the cops WOULD lie because it's easily something they could be suspended for. Lucky for them there's enough stereotypical morons out there such as yourself to make the obvious assumption that cops would never lie. Many cops are great, however it is important to keep an open mind and consider all possibilities.
5) Yeah if my wife is being raped I'll call the cops. However cops have over reacted before, YouTube it. If, like in this scenario, a cop makes a mistake, he/she/they should be penalized. One should feel comfortable addressing problems with the police without throwing away their right to RCMP emergency assistance. So don't try to say "don't call the cops if you're in trouble after this"
8) If RCMP undergo such rigorous and thorough training, how in the world did they find it necessary to do so much damage? Surely with 4 of them they could restrain with minimal abuse?
9) I still respect the RCMP and they do plenty of good in our communities, I just wanted to raise a few things
Comment by Kirsten McCleary on 16th November 2010
So a few things jumped out at me when reading this article. First, if this happened once in June, why be so quick to jump into another confrontation with the police in August again? If I were beaten once, I would do everything to avoid inciting the beaters again.
Second, how is it someone could be beaten brutally, including strangulation, in public twice without witnesses and without someone stepping in. At any point in the night, Spirit has a few people outside and driving by. This is such a small town that I would think if someone witnessed an event like this the tale would spread rapidly.
Third, Were the same cops involved in both incidents? I find it hard to believe that we have that many police in town who would assault someone for no reason. If you consider all the police in the country, bad cops are few and far between.
These are simply questions that I have, not judgements on the situation. I've seen the photos in a later article and obviously Shane was injured badly by someone at some point. I don't hold with police brutality or gay bashing, however, I also don't hold with making judgements on a situation without knowing all the facts. Hopefully all the facts will eventually come to light.
Ed Note: All good points however by a read of the statement of claim it could be surmised that Parker was that person who stepped in to protect the assault of another. The BC Civil Liberties Association claim to have recorded many such instances of certain Terrace police overstepping their public safety duties.
Well said Bill
Comment by James Ippel on 16th November 2010
When people choose to to interfere in Police proceedure they are usually intoxicated, and happen to do so when feelings are volitile, and the situation can and sometimes does escalate into something more serious.
It is far more beneficial to question police actions at the local detachment after the fact than to interfere and make an ass of yourself on the street in the middle of an altercation, and the bottom line, getting yourself arrested.
Bottom line Mr. O'Halligan, I don't Shane, have never met him, but he had no damn business in interfering with the Police acting in a Lawful manner in arresting an alledged drunken idiot causing a problem.
Now a days it seems to be the in thing to dump all over the Police.
I find your comment that the Cops in BC seem to difficulty not killing people they have in handcuffs or cells absolutely "DISGUSTING"
Mr. O'Halligan, would you please answer this question for me as you seem to imply you are anti police: Who would you call if you had your home broken into, your wife assaulted, your daughter abused?
Please don't call the Police, as you seem to have no faith in their ability to uphold the law.
We need to be reminded of our actions around police.
Comment by bill on 15th November 2010
It used to be common sense not to approach a police officer when he/she has a person in custody. When you are interfering in their procedure they have the right to defend themselves . Things can get uncomfortable for the interfering person at that point and because police procedure is possibly not understood things escalate. That possibly is the case here.
These Comments Are Unsurprising For The Northwest
Comment by Brian O'Halligan on 13th November 2010
Alex, it's not unheard of to deal with people who make homophobic remarks in passing - I've had direct employers in the Northwest who threw around slurs or insults as if it were inconceivable that anyone would become offended.
Therefore, it's hardly surprising to hear that police officers, even if not uttering slurs or direct insults, would behave in a manner that could be construed as homophobic - and considering that cops in BC seem to have difficulty not killing people that they have in handcuffs or cells, I would not be surprised at all if they roughed Shane up.
Mr. Ippel, you made the following comment: "Do you really believe that the Police in Terrace know the sexual orientation of every individual that walks the streets of Terrace????" with regards to their allegedly homophobic behaviour. I assure you, this is irrelevant. Behaviour is homophobic whether or not there are gay people in the vicinity of the people expressing the behaviour, so regardless of Shane's sexuality, it's still inappropriate in the extreme and hopefully prosecutable.
As for the rest, I cannot speak to the level of damage caused to Shane, but I know him personally and I would suggest that this sort of incident could occur whether or not he was actually drinking at the bar. Last I checked, Shane was the sort of person who would cross a relatively busy street to help someone up if they had fallen down - oblivious to personal safety, only really caring about others.
Naturally, with the deaths in police custody due to either neglect or active malice, and Shane's happy-go-lucky nature, I am not inclined to believe that the RCMP officers in question did not do what is claimed.
A angry side to the situation
Comment by Matthew Daratha on 13th November 2010
Who do you think you are?
What is your problem?
What was done to piss you off?
Even worse where do you get off in posting and battering people online? You got something to say, but can't be man enough to find the whole truth, the people on this link shake there heads at people like you, Alex, it is a shame that we as people have to come to this resort, and its a shame that the cops went as far as they did, and its a shame that people just let this go on.There are always two sides, but when abuse is one side of the law, the law can go too, that type of action is not necessary. I don't really have anything positive to say, neither, but what is wrong with society today? That is all I have to say...any questions?
Comment by stacey tyers on 13th November 2010
It's comments like yours that are the reason so many women do not report rapes.
Plain and smply the victim is the victim. I'm not saying what he says is 100% fact, but please lets give the victims the benefit of the doubt.
You don't even need to believe him, but to make such incredibly harash judgements that essentially lead to well if it did happen he probably deserved it... You may not have meant it that way, but that is truly how it came across.
And again it's why so many rapes, abuses etc... go unreported. Even if someone IS drunk and resisting the police are trained to deal with that in a way which does not lead to brutalizing a person. They are there to uphold the law, uncluding whether people like it or not, people in custody's safety, security and civil rights.
Comment by Dave Sharp on 13th November 2010
Being a bouncer at the Spirit Nightclub when the supposed incidents took place, I witnessed the events that transpired on Aug. 7, 2010 as I was traveling home. It was clear to me that Shane iniciated the confrontation with the officers by kicking one of the officers first.
I did not hear any conversations that were taking place at the time but did witness the event. From my experiences working at the nightclub, the RCMP rarely initiate aggressive behavior. Most times these events are blown out of proportion due to alcohol.
Its a shame.
Comment by Jess Lindstrom on 12th November 2010
I still remember seeing Shane at the coffee shop about a week after this had happened to him. I most certainly noticed the difference in his mannerisms and voice tone soon after the incident occurred. It was a change you see when a brutal event has happened to anybody. I am not here to pick sides and say that all of the RCMP are big bullies, or unfair to young or homosexual people... because the truth is, they aren't all. At one point or another all of us in our lifetime will need their help in an emergency. It is a sad story with what happened to Shane and as of now the only side we have is his, whether it is true or untrue. Police brutality happens, in big, small and average communities. We all have the right to believe it or to not believe it. I, however, am not in denial. It is a shame that the few officers involved in these incidents have to give a bad name to the whole enforcement. It is also a shame that a person living in a small, close-knit community has to feel scared to go out in public alone.
HMMM RCMP still bullies
Comment by Francine G on 12th November 2010
I totally agree with your comments Lloyd and Helmut. Years ago, I was inquiring about my friend who was being arrested outside of a bar (I was trying to ask why because it had to to with a caucasian man after a native man and the native man was being arrested) AND I wasn't even intoxicated, just inquiring and the police didn't even give me a chance they just told me to get in the car - bullies?, yes! abuse of power? yes! Needles to say that was a humiliating experience for me - and to think this still happens in this day and age no matter how much training the police get? I truly hope truth prevails in this case.
Don't Hold Your Breath
Comment by Sylvia Stephens on 12th November 2010
There are two sides to every story and let's hope that our justice system serves all well. It is hard to determine exactly how events took place and why, especially if alcohol is consumed. I suggest that these entertainment places install some type of security cameras so that all incidents will be recorded. The police are there to protect people from harm, is that the case here? Who knows, the verdict will be interesting as there are no credible witnesses.
Just my thoughts.
You're right Helmut
Comment by James Ippel on 11th November 2010
Lets see what the verdict is before passing judgment. That is very nice.
Having said that, I do have some questions.
Why did Parker try to get involved in a matter that was no business of his? The Police were there for a reason, and were well within their rights in arresting individuals causing problems because of intoxication.
How often do we see the" Do Gooder Drunks" try to interfere in the lawful arrest of drunks causing problems???? I speak from experience when I say that these idiots end up getting arrested for interference when the Police are lawfully executing their duty.
Brianna brought up the subject of Parker being somewhat resistful, and then the Police supposedly made remarks of his sexual orientation. Do you really believe that the Police in Terrace know the sexual orientation of every individual that walks the streets of Terrace???? And further, we do not live in a society where Police brutality is accepted in the community. I have no idea where you obtained this mis-information, but it is total and absolute bull.
No community accepts Police brutality against society, yet society is quite willing to accept community brutality against the Police.
Yes, there are two sides to every story.
protect and Serve
Comment by Lloyd Parker on 11th November 2010
Alex,you are putting a lot of guesswork into your comments. I would hope that your name never appear for jury duty. I am not so certain that the RCMP require your representation with bashing rights?(did they drop him off a 50 foot cliff?) . The RCMP swear an oath to protect and serve (the community).They are professionals, highly trained to diffuse these situations. AND there was more than a " bit" of force used.
Maybe it is your turn to stay out of it!
You don't have to be drunk to be stupid.
And if there are two sides...
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 11th November 2010
isn't it prudent to wait until the verdict is in before making any judgments?
Comment by Brianna Gibson on 11th November 2010
its sad to know we live in such a narrow minded society where police brutality is accepted within the community. There is always two sides to every story and Parker's shouldnt be discounted. The police should be accountable for their actions if there is truth to this situation. You were not there alex so how can you say what happened. Even if Parker was somewhat resistful there is no excuse for the police to use his sexual orientation against him. Police are not supposed to be feared. Now if Parker had a problem that he needed help with who is he going to turn to?