SASKATOON - A former Saskatoon police chief told a judicial inquiry that he now believes the investigation into the death of Neil Stonechild was incomplete.
David Scott was the chief of police until his contract was terminated over two years ago. He was also a sergeant in charge of public and media relations when the body of 17-year-old Neil Stonechild was found frozen in a field outside of Saskatoon in 1990.
A few months after Stonechild's body was found, the family talked to a reporter and accused police of doing a bad job investigating the teenager's death, suggesting that if the teen had been white the investigation would have been more thorough.
At the time Scott told reporters that the investigation had been thorough involving a lot of police work.
After looking at the file, Scott now admits that the investigation was anything but thorough, saying under questioning by Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations lawyer Sy Halyk that he was only repeating what he'd been told by investigators on the case.
"Scott says investigators pursued every avenue," Halyk told the inquiry. "So before you made that statement, you'd want to make sure they did indeed pursue every avenue, because you know police investigators don't always do their job perfectly or even well."
I must have taken their word on that," Scott responded.
"You'd take their word?"
"Honestly I did," said Scott.
Scott admitted that he could have read the file, when pressed by Halyk, but that it was not his practice to review files, saying he relied on the integrity of others. He added that reviewing files wasn't his job.
Former Saskatoon Mayor Jim Madden, who was also on the Saskatoon police force and told CBC News earlier this year that he knew of cases where police dropped people outside the city in freezing weather, is scheduled to take the stand Friday.
There is a story to be found, about Dave Scott and how he represents the tip of the iceberg of police corruption in Saskatoon but no one in the Saskatchewan media is telling it.
Could it be that if the police were to be properly investigated by a reporter with no vested interest that the corruption would be found to extend to the businesses which buy advertising for print, radio and TV? Apparently no one wants to know any more about the tantalizing tidbit from earlier this spring where a civil servant was fired for using city labs for work for a company composed of at least himself and former mayor Henry Dayday.
Dayday spent his terms in office taking care of himself and his friends while ignoring the growing social problems in the city which became so intense that former policeman Jim Maddin was elected by a huge majority of people who live on the city's west side. Maddin acted as quickly and as openly as he could to get rid of Scott, a first step toward tackling the problem.
The next bit of cold blue ice in the berg beneath Scott is Superintendent Brian Dueck, now the most powerful person in the service. We wish that we had the resources to investigate his actual relationship to the drug trade in Saskatoon. We can say with certainty that while he was in charge of drugs, and he still is, that problems grew from what would be expected in a city this size in the times to a huge blight of human misery, replete with gangs and violence, which rivals L.A. at the height of the Crips and Bloods. Of course the violence is Canadian — favoring knives rather than guns. But the attitude is the same.
Let us not forget that this police force fostered and nurtured the cops who built the totally falsified case against David Milgaard and went so far as to tell victims Milgaard was their rapist when they knew it was Larry Fisher — he confessed and pled out. They managed to take in Romanow, Serge Kujawa (right), Bob Mitchell and Nilson before the Supreme Court finally forced them to reveal the extent of their evvidence against Milgaard — none of it "real" — all of it manufactured from the whole cloth and it ended up costing the Saskatchewan taxpayers a whole lot more than Maddin is now spending to get rid of Scott.
"It doesn't matter if Milgaard is innocent...
The whole judicial system is at issue — it's worth more than one person."
-- Serge Kujawa, Saskatchewan Crown prosecutor
There are other cover-ups working their way through the courts and some of them point directly, unequivocally to Scott's superintendents.
Dave Scott and many supporters of this "nice guy" should just shut up and be happy they are not in jail. There is no statute of limitations on some of their crimes. Members of a former government been brought down in this province already. Saskatchewan has dried up now; there is nothing left to steal but still lots of "reputations" and fortunes built on crimes which remain deeply buried.
Premier Lorne Calvert parachuted into Romanow's old contituency in Saskatoon's west end and promised he would address the problems there. Now would be a good time to drop some money on a decent rehab center, some education programs and anti-racist sensitivity training for all the professionals, from police to social workers and medical staff in the neighbourhood. Problems which arose from corrupt policing and city management have gone well beyond prediction and the urban drought is upon us.