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Cop Punished for Saving Family
September 24, 2013 permalink
Fixcas has spoken to many families undergoing a shotgun divorce. One starting point is the domestic disturbance call. When police arrive they are encouraged, or even required, to make an arrest. Usually it is the father. The next day he is released on bail, but only after signing an undertaking to stay away from his family. During the next one to two years, social services intervenes in the one-parent family to make the breakup permanent. The final irony comes when the criminal case comes to trial. Often the crown moves to dismiss the charges for lack of evidence.
Today's story is of Chatham-Kent policeman Stan Blonde. When he responded to a domestic disturbance, he warned the woman of the severe consequences of filing charges against her boyfriend. For this act preserving a family, Blonde has been disciplined.
Officer Pleads Guilty To Violation
Chatham-Kent Police Service Constable Stan Blonde is being demoted after pleading guilty to discreditable conduct under the Police Services Act.
The charges stem from an incident in February of 2012, when Blonde was called to a domestic dispute where a woman’s boyfriend had pulled her hair. Blonde gave the victim the option of pressing charges and listed the negative repercussions for the accused. However, by law, charges must be laid at every domestic dispute officers respond to.
“This was an officer charged with responsibilities to enforce the criminal code and while he’s so doing he’s also bound by a 14-page policy about how to handle these types of things,” says Blonde’s lawyer Glen Donald. “In the course of a 55-minute investigation different discussions get had, and as a result he did something that was in violation of policy.”
This is the fourth time Blonde has been found guilty under the Police Services Act. He will be demoted from 1st class constable to 2nd class constable for four months and have to undergo domestic violence training.
Source: Blackburn News