NEWS - April 2015

'Officer's letter in Don Dunphy killing inflames controversy'

(from The Independent, April 13, 2015)

The death of Don Dunphy is a tragedy that has affected not only his immediate family and community but the province as a whole. It’s a sign of how close-knit and down-to-earth we are that when one of our own is killed, there is a collective outpouring of grief and outrage. And when that death occurs under troubling and mystifying circumstances, it causes a natural sense of fear and demand for answers and action.

The officer at the centre of the controversy over why and how Mr. Dunphy was killed has not been named, and the investigation is ongoing. Yet on Friday that officer sent a mass email to his colleagues, which has since been released to the media and published and shared widely.

- See more at: http://theindependent.ca/2015/04/13/officers-letter-in-don-dunphy-killing-inflames-controversy/#sthash.aLNuROaa.dpuf

The death of Don Dunphy is a tragedy that has affected not only his immediate family and community but the province as a whole. It’s a sign of how close-knit and down-to-earth we are that when one of our own is killed, there is a collective outpouring of grief and outrage. And when that death occurs under troubling and mystifying circumstances, it causes a natural sense of fear and demand for answers and action.

The officer at the centre of the controversy over why and how Mr. Dunphy was killed has not been named, and the investigation is ongoing. Yet on Friday that officer sent a mass email to his colleagues, which has since been released to the media and published and shared widely.

Full article at theindependent.ca

At a general level this is not a bad thing: public debate and discussion is to be encouraged, especially at moments like this. And finally we have an astonishingly frank perspective from a police officer, as opposed to the increasingly incomprehensible bureaucratese in which police spokespersons tend to speak these days (a ponderous, over-cautious language in which a person is no longer stabbed, but ‘admitted to hospital with injuries consistent with those of a stabbing,’ and so forth). - See more at: http://theindependent.ca/2015/04/13/officers-letter-in-don-dunphy-killing-inflames-controversy/#sthash.aLNuROaa.dpuf

At a general level this is not a bad thing: public debate and discussion is to be encouraged, especially at moments like this. And finally we have an astonishingly frank perspective from a police officer, as opposed to the increasingly incomprehensible bureaucratese in which police spokespersons tend to speak these days (a ponderous, over-cautious language in which a person is no longer stabbed, but ‘admitted to hospital with injuries consistent with those of a stabbing,’ and so forth). - See more at: http://theindependent.ca/2015/04/13/officers-letter-in-don-dunphy-killing-inflames-controversy/#sthash.aLNuROaa.dpuf

Uncle Gnarley:

A Plea to Premier Davis

April 16, 2015

Guest Post By Cabot Martin

A Plea to Premier Davis: call a Public Inquiry into the Dunphy shooting - NOW
On Friday past, the RNC officer (so far unnamed) who shot Donny Dunphy sent out a letter that sped through the provincial consciousness like a bitter March wind.
As a result, in the midst of tragedy, we are confronted with the unwelcome need to push on down a road of inquiry that seems to open into a place we have not been before.

The death of Don Dunphy is a tragedy that has affected not only his immediate family and community but the province as a whole. It’s a sign of how close-knit and down-to-earth we are that when one of our own is killed, there is a collective outpouring of grief and outrage. And when that death occurs under troubling and mystifying circumstances, it causes a natural sense of fear and demand for answers and action.

The officer at the centre of the controversy over why and how Mr. Dunphy was killed has not been named, and the investigation is ongoing. Yet on Friday that officer sent a mass email to his colleagues, which has since been released to the media and published and shared widely.

- See more at: http://theindependent.ca/2015/04/13/officers-letter-in-don-dunphy-killing-inflames-controversy/#sthash.aLNuROaa.dpu

Justice In Review

- October 2014

  Courtesy of Kevin Tobin and The Telegram

Bob Buckingham - Kevin Tobin The Telegram



 

'Renaming Justice Dept. Concerning Despite Flip-Flop: Buckingham'

(from VOCM.com, October 14, 2014)

A prominent lawyer who was critical of the Premier's decision to rename the province's Justice Department says Paul Davis' flip-flop doesn't change how he feels.

Davis announced late Friday that a week after changing the name of thedepartment to 'Public Safety' he would be changing it again to 'Justice and Public Safety'. Davis says the move was prompted by feedback he'd heard from people about the confusion created with the name change.

But lawyer Bob Buckingham says the whole thing just goes to show how out of touch government is with the people. Buckingham maintains justice and public safety are two very different things.

For the full article and audio interview, visit click here. For more information about the recent changes to Newfoundland and Labrador's Department of Justice, please visit Media Links.



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