RCMP defends Actions of Racist 911 operator-Toronto Star
- Bullshit, Bullshit, Bullshit (said very loudly to the
RCMP! [Canada's federal police])!!
Of course this was racialy motivated! They got a call
from a reservation and put the image of a "drunk
indian" in their head and denied this person health
care. And who cares if she was drunk??!! Does this
operator think that if your drunk you should be left
in pain or possibly left to die?!
This pisses me off! First the gov't puts these people
in conditions that are beyond poverty on native
reserves stashed in some secluded area so people don't
have to look at them, builds buildings over their
sacred burial grounds (remember oka), and now our
federal police are defending the actions of a racist
This makes me wanna ride back home for a bit and burn
a maple leaf (although I probably wouldn't ever burn
any flag...but I still feel like doing it!). Canada's
treatment of Natives in our supposed "tollerant" and
"peaceful" society makes me feel ashamed of my
citizenship at times! I wonder if Michael Moore will
talk about issues like this next time he's putting
Canada on a pedestal?
I wouldn't be so ticked if they would admit that this
was the racist act of 1 operator and fired the idiot.
But instead they do what my country of birth has done
it's whole history and whitewashes the racist problem
directed at natives. This particular incident could've
proved to be far more harmful that it was.
What bothers me more is that I'm sure this isn't an
RCMP sorry for botched 911 call
Native woman's plea ignored N.B. operators
to get training
MONCTON, N.B.�Despite denying that a botched response
to a 911 call from a native reserve was racially
motivated, the RCMP has promised to train their
operators to be more racially sensitive.
The decision stems from a complaint by Dorothy Sock of
the Elsipogtog First Nation about her treatment during
the March 22 incident.
Sock, 65, called for an ambulance after an elderly
friend fell and broke her hip.
Jean Basque, a Fredericton-based 911 operator,
suggested the friend had been drinking and ended the
call without dispatching an ambulance.
The RCMP apologized for Sock's treatment, but the
native woman refused to accept it, demanding instead a
meeting between band, provincial and RCMP officials.
The meeting took place June 21 in Fredericton. In a
follow-up letter to Sock, J Division Supt. Dan Nugent
promised the RCMP agreed to her suggestion of
including First Nations people in ride-along training
sessions for 911 employees.
As well, he informed her all 911 operators will have
to undergo sensitivity training. The letter was
obtained by the Moncton Times and Transcript through a
federal access-to-information request.
"As we discussed, the RCMP maintains that, while our
standard of service was not met in this instance, this
was in no way racially motivated," Nugent wrote in a
letter to Sock. "However, we do recognize there is
always a benefit from within the law enforcement
community to learn more about First Nations cultures
in order for us to improve service."
Sgt. Gary Cameron, a J Division spokesperson,
confirmed yesterday that the force is about to
institute a mandatory, three- to five-day course.
"We're saying now that this is a prerequisite,"
The force concluded Sock was treated with disrespect,
but they declined to give details on what, if any,
action was taken against the 911 operator.
The RCMP maintains that Basque was confused by
nuisance calls he took nine minutes prior to Sock's
After Basque's rebuff, Sock dialed 911 again, and the
second time her request was successful. The elderly
woman was taken to hospital in Moncton and treated for
a broken hip.
Do You Yahoo!?
Tired of spam? Yahoo! Mail has the best spam protection around