Cops push for charges on Mountie

RCMP officer named in Dziekanski case
involved in fatal traffic accident

Suzanne Fournier, The Vancouver Province, June 10, 2009

RCMP Cpl. Benjamin Monty Robinson (centre) on March 23 enters the Braidwood inquiry
into the death of Robert Dziekanski. Delta police have recommended charges
of impaired and dangerous driving causing death against Robinson
in a separate incident. Photo: Ric Ernst, The Province.

Delta police have recommended charges of impaired and dangerous driving causing death against an RCMP officer in a 2008 crash.

Orion Hutchinson, 21, died after his motorcycle collided with a Jeep in Tsawwassen in October.

RCMP Cpl. Benjamin Monty Robinson identified himself to police and witnesses at the scene as the driver.

He took his two children and walked home without checking on the dying Hutchinson.

Robinson already had a high profile for his role as the officer in charge on Oct. 14, 2007, when four Mounties Tasered and tackled Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski at Vancouver airport. Dziekanski died on the airport floor.

Yesterday, Delta police spokeswoman Const. Sharlene Brooks said it is “not standard practice by Delta or any other police force” to announce that charges have been recommended by police, before they meet the standard of Crown charge approval.

“In this particular case, with the continuing attention paid to it by the media and the general public following it closely, we committed to keeping the citizens of Delta and the public informed,” said Brooks.

“With the apparent gravity of the circumstances and the heightened sensitivity that there is a police officer as the subject of the investigation, we wanted to provide information as soon as possible in these unique circumstances.” Brooks said police notified the Hutchinson family of the recommendation.

“They’re still very much grieving the loss of their loved one. It’s a significant tragedy, every parent’s worst nightmare,” Brooks said.

In Orion’s obituary, his mother Judith noted that he was “exceptionally lively” as a child and grew into a “preternaturally intelligent” young man, “enthralled by everything in nature and so protective of living things.” “He wouldn’t let us kill a spider,” his mother recalled.

On a Facebook tribute to Orion, his friends and family call him a sensitive, intelligent and energetic young man.

Delta police first submitted a report to the Crown on May 12, 2009, then obtained additional supporting materials.

Brooks said a life sentence could result if the impaired-driving charges proceed to a conviction.

Robinson, in a bid to get his driver’s licence returned, told a B.C. Supreme Court that he had two stiff drinks at home before returning to the scene of the accident, which caused him to fail a breathalyzer.

The court refused on March 4, 2009, to return Robinson’s licence, rejecting his version of events.

Robinson has been suspended with pay from the RCMP since Oct. 28, 2008.

December 2009 update: Robinson evaded more serious charges
and will be tried only for attempting to obstruct justice. More...


More news about RCMP Corporal
Benjamin Monty Montgomery Robinson’s
deadly career

Robinson remains on paid leave
while a decision on Orion Hutchinson’s death
keeps dragging on. More...
And on... More...
The charge is merely obstructing justice. Sounds like
Robinson is getting a really sweet deal. More...
The manner in which the criminal justice system
handles fatality cases involving police officers
is driven by anything but the principle
that we are all equal in the eyes of the law. More...
Robinson proves himself to be
one cunning, callous cop. More here and here.
What constitutes gross misconduct for the RCMP? More...
Incredible! The RCMP complaint commissioner
concedes what everybody else knows
about Benjamin Monty Montgomery Robinson
and the Dziekanski death squad. More...
Two and a half years after Orion Hutchinson’s death
Robinson finally faces a watered-down charge. More...
And three and a half years after Robert Dziekanski’s death,
another watered-down charge. More...
Robinson won’t go to trial on his watered-down Dziekanski charge
until April 2013. The other three cops have court dates spread out
between October 2012 and October 2013. Why so late?
Because justice delayed is justice denied. More...
Robinson has been off work with full pay since October 2007.
So far that’s a four-year, four-month paid vacation while he faces
two criminal charges resulting from two deaths. More...
Robinson finally gets convicted of something,
even if it’s a watered-down charge. He continues to draw
full pay, full benefits and yearly raises while doing absolutely nothing.
He might even stretch that out until retirement. More...
By continuing to pay Robinson, the RCMP flouts public outrage.
They should just fire the bastard. And now. More...
As for the other three members of the Dziekanski death squad,
they’ll never even be suspended. They’re not fit to carry weapons,
conduct investigations, testify in court or even deal with the public.
But they have safe jobs and guaranteed pensions thanks to the RCMP.
Monty Robinson just got a pay raise.
RCMP salary increases apply to all Mounties, even the
convicted criminals who spend years on paid vacation. More...
Robinson actually resigned. Has the two-time killer,
convicted criminal, disgraced police officer and tax-funded parasite
suddenly discovered principles? Or is he striving to stay out of prison?
Nevertheless, RCMP brass gave this sack of shit glowing references.
Justice for Orion Hutchinson? Not even close.
“Be home by 9 now, Monty!” More...
“The various legal woes of Monty Robinson exposed
nearly everything that’s wrong with our ‘justice system.’” More…
Who’s the special prosecutor in this case? Richard Peck,
the cops’ unethical but well-paid go-to guy. More here and here.
Another criminal conviction for RCMP disgrace Benjamin Montgomery Monty Robinson,
this time for perjury. He’s always gotten away with radically reduced charges
for the deaths he’s caused. This time, like the last time, the full-pension criminal will likely
get an exceptionally lenient sentence, once again demonstrating that Canadian police
are held to much, much lower standards than normal people. More…
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