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2005: Winnipeg police in the news again Inspector Bob Hall was hovering around the Public Safety Building while Schinkel and Thiessen grilled Monique Turenne before forging a confession. Jack Ewatski wrote to me personally to vouch for the truthfulness of his officers. Is it possible he was unaware his cops were falsifying documents for the Florida authorities? Did they get kickbacks for doing this? Bob Hall was also part of the cover-up in the Tom Sophonow wrongful conviction. See also Tom Sophonow's "informant" Terry Arnold

Loren Schinkel

Could not get confession so he simply made one up

Loren Schinkel

Loren Schinkel and his partner, Jim Thiessen, showed up at Monique Turenne's father's house the night before the funeral of her husband. Mr. Paille has written the story of how Schinkel deceived him. Schinkel failed to extract a confession from Monique Turenne after nine hours of questioning — so he simply made one up.

At the funeral the next day, Schinkel made sure he told Monique Turenne's in-laws — with whom she was not on especially friendly terms — that she had confessed to murdering David Turenne in Panama City, Florida.

This perjury and gossip-mongering, along with a Florida District Attorney feeding information to Ralph Crompton, the man charged with the killing, contributed to murder charges being laid against Monique Turenne and extradition charges being filed.

Schinkel has also deceived his boss, Chief Ewatski, who wrote to the website indicating he thought our reports of Schinkel's activities were unfair.

Loren Schinkel is not the first union boss to bamboozle his chief. We had Craig Bromell in Toronto and in Saskatoon, Stan Goertzen is also throwing his weight around.

Once Brian Dueck falls in Saskatoon, which we expect to happen during September, 2003, perhaps chiefs in other cities will get the insight to recognize tha bad apples in their midst and then the courage to fire them.

Officers to plead not guilty
Suspension hearing being held today

Three city police officers charged Wednesday with assaulting a bar patron will plead not guilty, one of their lawyers said yesterday.

Lawyer Hymie Weinstein said details of the alleged offence haven't been given to the three police officers by investigators with the professional standards unit.

However, it's believed the three officers — one is a patrol sergeant with 21 years of experience — were responding to a call about an unruly bar patron and had to use force to restrain and arrest him, sources said.

Weinstein also said the three officers, general patrol officers working downtown in Division 11, have been working without interruption since the allegation of excessive force was made 16 months ago. A suspension hearing will be held today.

"Why they would be moved now does not make any sense," Weinstein said.

Loren Schinkel, president of the Winnipeg Police Association, said the officers have had the allegation hanging over their heads for more than a year and now have to wait for the case to wind its way through the court system.

"All for the sake of transparency, the process has to be gone through and I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing," Schinkel said.

He also said in the past two years, seven officers have been acquitted or a had criminal charges dropped against them.

Loren Schinkel has said that track record highlights a pattern in which charges against many police officers shouldn't be laid in the first place.

The WPA has complained for two years that the internal process used against police officers under criminal investigation is extremely biased — that charges are laid when there is little chance of conviction.

Const. Alexander Whalen, Const. Michael Peterson, and Patrol Sgt. Grant Bannatyne have each been charged with one count of assault causing bodily harm. Their first scheduled court appearance is Jan. 14.

The charges against the three follow a charge against another officer Sept. 31. Const. William Anastacio, a seven-year veteran general patrol officer, was charged in connection with an alleged Aug. 8, 2002 incident at the Main Street Project.