Another example where diversity brings discredit to a venerable, highly respected, formerly white organization. Here a Canadian mountie has been convicted of what police say was the worst case of child abuse they’ve ever seen.
A Mountie and his partner, who were charged in what Ottawa police sources have called the “worst case of abuse” the force had seen, have been found guilty of abusing his 11-year-old son, including chaining him up in the basement and burning him.
The RCMP officer — who is suspended from the force without pay — was 41 when he was arrested in February 2013 along with his 34-year-old wife.
They had both pleaded not guilty to charges including aggravated assault, failing to provide the necessaries of life and forcible confinement. She faced an additional charge of assault with a weapon, and he faced additional charges of sexual assault causing bodily harm and assault with a weapon.
The pair cannot be identified to protect the boy’s identity.
Ottawa police sources told CBC News at the time of the couple’s arrest that it was “the worst case of abuse” the force had seen.
In court Monday, Justice Robert Maranger said the video evidence presented in court was unequivocal, and he rejected the defence team’s argument that the Mountie was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
“This was a very difficult trial. That any parent could do this to [the victim] was gut wrenching,” he said while giving his decision.
Growing up in the southern United States, the mounties were movie heroes to us children, always smart and upright.
Do you remember Dudley Do-Right?