January 2, 2002: We have recovered a lot of evidence in the past few months. We now have some of Dueck's notes but we do not yet have his notebook -- which would have the record of his meetings with others involved in the case. We have posted an accurate chronology of the authorities' involvement with the Ross children since 1987 and we are working on chronologies of Social Services and Crown involvements.
We are heartened that the Supreme Court has now ruled that publication bans which prevent reporters from investigating illegal investigation by cops are illegal.
We would also point out that it is not now nor never has been legal for anyone to hide evidence of a crime, be they cops, crowns or courts. Wittingly or unwittingly, Judge D.K. MacPherson has covered crimes. Now that he knows what he has done, it would be proper for him to come forward and extract himself from a conspiracy.
On Tuesday, (March 21, 2001) the StarPhoenix reported that Judge Robert Laing had criticised TWO Rambo cops. On Wednesday, Chief Dave Scott is calling for an investigation into only one. How does Supt. Dueck do it? Is Chief Scott scared of him?
While Supt. Dueck was a Sgt. assigned to Drugs, he came to the aid of another bullying cop, Sgt. Murray Zoorkan and used what a provincial court judge described as "Rambo" tactics to coerce a statement.
inJusticebusters ask: Does Dueck really have connections to Hells Angels as he claimed to have when he threatened Cooper?
The problem with a bad cop like Brian Dueck is that he just keeps on going, bull-dozing his way with sloppines and ineptitude through bad investigations and eventually, it becomes easier for people to leave him alone than to actually deal with him and bring him to account.
He or his cronies have gone to great lengths to shut us up, including complaining to our Internet service provider when we first launched this website. Well, we have a very long attention span and a long memory, too. In the following Western Report article published in November, 1996, Dueck said that if he could not criminally convict Richard Klassen of defamation, he would consider a civil suit.
Since Klassen's acquittal, no suit has been forthcoming. All defendants in the Klassen-Kvello civil suit --except Dueck -- have made a counter-claim of civil defamation, a silly strategy that has been successful only in dragging out the case. What we have claimed about Dueck was true when we said it and remains true to this day.
Chief Dave Scott is damaging his own credibility -- perhaps irreparably -- by standing by this bad cop. During May, 1999, the StarPhoenix printed a press-release where Dueck was called "Acting Superintendent."
The media still accept his photo opportunities and help shore up his reputation.
Feb. 23, 2000, he is called a senior officer and "Superintendent.": (drunks need detox centre, below) Witch-hunt number two -- 18 charged, four convicted - Western Report, Summer 1994 | Richard Klassen's acquittal of defaming Dueck - Western Report Nov. 1996 | Globe & Mail article reference to Dueck
People found drunk on city streets deserve to have a detox centre to sober up and get help instead of ending up behind bars at the police station, says a senior Saskatoon police officer.
Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver all have drop-in detox centres. Supt. Brian Dueck says it's time Saskatoon got the drunks out of the drunk tank and into a place where they can be helped out of their addictions.
Between April and December 1999, police made 1,664 intoxication arrests. One person was picked up by police 28 times for being drunk.
"We are warehousing them. We bring them in basically for their own safety. What we see here is a tremendous problem. It is just not a police issue," said Dueck in an interview this week.
Since November, Dueck has been meeting with community groups to find out who would like to help establish a drop-in detox centre, known commonly as "mattress detox." He hopes to host a discussion on the matter with interested groups as early as April.
Dueck sees the facility as a place with beds for people to sober up and where counsellors could refer them to longer-term detox centres such as Larson House.
He said a drop-in centre could have helped Lawrence Wegner and Rodney Naistus, two men who were drunk and froze to death near the Queen Elizabeth II Power Station in recent weeks.
But he emphasizes that discussions about drop-in detox started long before those two deaths and the investigation into two police officers who allegedly took another drunk man out to the plant and told him to walk home.
While there is lots of interest within the community for a centre, Dueck said the roadblock is funding. It's unclear who would foot the start-up costs and pay to keep the facility running year after year, he said.
Mayor Henry Dayday, chair of the police commission, said he has wanted a detox centre for years, but the recent strains in relations between the aboriginal community and police intensifies the need.
"It focuses it more now," said Dayday.
Though the mayor recognizes the great need for such a facility, he doesn't believe the City of Saskatoon should pay for it. He wouldn't rule out some type of partnership. He suggests Saskatoon District Health (SDH) or the provincial Justice Department lead the way.
"I don't think for one moment the city is without some responsibility here," said Al Hergott, of SDH's family health services. "Right now they (the city police) do have responsibility for it and they can't just give it away and expect us to pick it up given the economic difficulties we are facing right now."
Hergott estimates a detox centre would cost at least $300,000 to create, depending on the type of building chosen. He said addictions are a community problem and cannot be solved by just one agency.
"I think incarcerating people for intoxication is barbaric. Most medical professionals accept that addiction is not a matter of willpower but is a serious health problem." | News reports on Police Murders
The Satanic Panic scandal of ten years ago turned out to be a total hoax promoted by twisted cops and social workers who sucked the Crown into making dozens of bad prosecutions. Those cops and social workers are still going strong, advancing their careers and no doubt counting on our short memories. Now the RCMP has set up shop in a Saskatoon hotel to do a limited investigation which can result in nothing but another whitewash. After first refusing to include the ten year old death of Neil Stonechild in the investigation, it has now said it will include it. This outfit seems more interesting in pandering to public pressure than in doing a thorough investigation. Systemic racism in the Saskatoon Police Service and criminal treatment of drunks are the items they plan to whitewash this time. You'd think this province all had Alzheimers.
During these years, left politics have become increasingly murky as many formerly radical lawyers have settled into comfortable respectability, many feminists have jumped on the abuse-excuse bandwagon and the University has become a desolate place where charlatans like Colin Clay find sanctuary. The gay community has shown itself to be annoyingly recursive, responding to gay-bashings while failing to make the connection to other kinds of bashing. Citizens Concerned about Free Trade have taken up other issues. Certainly, it was a mark of our isolation that only Lucas, Klassen and Steele picketed the Saskatoon Police Service in April, 1999 after the first of the child witnesses came forward to admit he had lied. Although the media attended our protest, they failed to report on us since the truth in itself is not considered news.
The cover-ups in the Saskatoon Police Department are all related and we all have a stake in uncovering the truth. inJusticebusters joins with FSIN, the Metis Society and anyone else who is demanding a full, open civilian inquiry. Let's go over the whole record. Let's find out which Platoons -- if not all of them -- are guilty of the criminal actions and have the Crown prosecute. This should start with the two who have already confessed to driving Darrell Night to the edge of town. Actually, it should have started with the cops who engineered the losing of the evidence on Larry Fisher, or with Brian Dueck who allowed twin girls to be raped while he manufactured his case against 16 people.
We must not allow another cover-up! The investigation must be wide enough to get to the rot in the barrel!