Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Former spokesman for B.C. RCMP charged with sex assault - Update
CBC is reporting that "Tim Shields, a former spokesman for the RCMP in British Columbia, has been charged with sex assault. According to a statement released by the Criminal Justice Branch, the criminal charge has been approved against the former Mountie as a result of an investigation into sexual misconduct alleged to have occurred between 2009 and 2010."
"At the time of the alleged incident, Shields was the officer in charge of strategic communications at E division headquarters. The complainant was a civilian employee with the RCMP. The single charge of sexual assault was sworn in B.C. provincial court today. Shields is scheduled to appear in court on June 27. The RCMP suspended Shields in May of 2015. He retired from the force in December 2015."
Finally. What's surprising is that Craig Callen didn't promote him along with Bill Fordy. Evidently his case was too public for a promotion. Tim Shields has two civil lawsuits for sexual harassment. Bill Fordy and Craig Callen did nothing about the first one. After the second one he was suspended with pay.
Update: Check the dates. CBC is reporting that the sexual misconduct was alleged to have occurred between 2009 and 2010. That's interesting timing. 2010 was the Vancouver Winter Olympics which was a wonderful success. One of the dark incidents that was alleged to have occurred was the RCMP smuggling a prostitute in a hockey bag on board a cruise ship for security personnel and the accusation of a female police officer getting raped by another officer at the drunken party. I would hate to think there were two alleged RCMP rapes that year.
Tim shield denies the allegation. No doubt in his mind it was consensual given the Caligula event. Perhaps he was simply too drunk to realize no means no. However, Global is reporting that the ringleader of that circus, Craig Callen claims it actually happened in the BC RCMP Headquarters. Sounds a lot like Don Ray who was transferred to the BC RCMP Headquarters after his shameful disgrace in Alberta. Birds of feather all get promoted together. How's that new RCMP bar on site doing? I don't see any breathalyzers set up outside for after they drive home drunk from the office.
This all speaks to the climate of unprofessionalism that permeates the force. MaCleans wrote about it and stated "When Montague was named to the RCMP’s integrated security unit for the 2010 Olympic Games, Wright says Montague’s desk was placed in a storage closet, where she was stationed for months, isolated from the team’s male leadership, despite having a senior leadership position as director of communications."
Kinda shows what the climate of unprofessioanlism was like among the RCMP leadership during the 2010 Olympics. It hadn't changed from when Catherine Gallagher was RCMP spokesperson during the Pickton investigation. These are all "Friends Of Craig Callen - the FOCCERS" as they are referred to on the force.
This same climate of unprofessionalism permeated IHIT during the Surrey Six investigation. First we had the charges split because one of the officers had an affair with one of the witnesses. Not surprisingly his coworkers covered it up like always. During the Surrey Six trial one witness admitted on the stand that she engaged in sexual banter while drunk with the police officers. She said that was OK because it was consensual. Didn't occur to anyone how unprofesional that might be when conducting an investigation of that magnitude.
One has to wonder why it really took over 6 years for criminal charges to be laid in this case. Did they pull a Jim Brown and give him paid leave until he had enough years in to retire with a full pension? If we want to address the climate of unprofessionalism within the RCMP, Craig Callen and Bill Fordy have got to go. That's all there is to it. Until that happens, all we are gettinging is more lies and disinformation as more people join the class action lawsuit.