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This is going to be a bit of a broad-scoped, long-winded post, but I’m going to say it. Because it needs to be said. Far too many people are afraid to speak, because of their badge or a concern for how they may be perceived by their peers, employer, etc. So here goes.

As a former journalist, I covered thousands of incidents on the overnight “police beat” shift as a full-time photo/video-journalist.

Before the WPS encrypted their radio system, I monitored the action for 23-years. I’ve seen and heard it all. I did burn out toward the end. I had no peer-support network, nor could my colleagues relate to any of it. No one else worked overnights. They didn’t see the bodies, the crime or the repetitive nature of the calls. The average person does not understand.

This city has a major problem with people who are either not quite human (gene pool is too diluted with FASD and we let them reproduce for generations) or the ones who are addicted to drugs, alcohol and the “party” lifestyle — be it the “drinking party” regulars, or the ones who are into the clubbing scene. When the sun goes down, Winnipeg becomes a much different place. Many naive, soft, do-gooders don’t understand this. They’re the same ones who allow themselves to become victimized by the same people they embrace: The scum-element of the city.

There are certain “high maintenance” criminals the police are constantly wasting time/resources/money dealing with. Repeat-offenders who are violent toward others, their own family members, their spouses/girlfriends and the police. The Chartrands, Pitts and Soldats of the city. Those names will bring some nods.

I thought a lot before posting the next paragraph, as the blog is read by many WPS members, and the odds of me getting a NICHE entry for being 9906 or other “cautions” is quite likely. I know I’m mentally sound and that’s all that matters. I don’t victimize people. I stand up for what’s right. Too bad more people didn’t do the same.

What this city needs is a group of informed, educated and responsible vigilantes who are willing to disregard the ineffective policing and justice models which are counterproductive in resolving the long-standing problems law-abiding and right-thinking citizens of this great country have to deal with on a daily basis. Take back what is ours’: Our communities, playgrounds and other neighbourhood common-areas. The right to go for a walk at night and not be looking over our shoulders’. Enough already. Even the author of this blog had a personal encounter with pukes from the same neighbourhood I live in. Unacceptable!

The courts have proven time and time again, they do not take public-safety, the likelihood (it’s a given 99.9% of the time) of re-offending, resource-management issues or the costs associated with “babysitting” these feral, useless, violent and selfish sub-humans into consideration, when letting them out on bail. Why? Have we not seen enough homicides committed by persons on conditions/bail/probation over the years? Do homicide investigators look forward to their phones’ ringing at 4:45 a.m. because some 14-year-old decided it would be fun to shoot a rival gang member in the face on Boyd Ave.? (I was at that one, too.)

I fully support the men and women of the WPS and other agencies, who proudly wear the badge and serve the public. They put up with crap which they compartmentalize and store deep in their minds. They are judged, accused and convicted in the minds of the public any time wrong-doing toward police is alleged. I met a lot of good cops; i also met some who did not care for my presence. They likely thought I was associated with the lefty, cop-hating Gordon Sinclair Jr. style of journalism. Not me! I work for a living.

It’s a job most could not, or would not want. I’ve always wondered what drives a cop to stay on the job, given the lack of support shown toward them by our so-called “Justice” system and the public. Police have become modern-day sport-fishermen (catch and release) and social workers for the asshole “clients” who choose to drink their lives away, and take it out on their families.

What keeps a cop interested in their job? I can’t answer it. I would imagine it has to do with the pride and rewarding feeling they get after helping someone who really does need help — which is maybe one in 500 calls in this city. Maybe it’s the short-lived high they get after taking down a suspect wanted for severely victimizing someone — only to be released on a PTA three hours later.

But back to my suggestion: We’ve been taught to believe vigilantism is wrong. Leave the law, to the law. Leave sentencing to the courts. But have we been blind for the last two-to-three decades? Have we failed to observe what’s obvious? Why do we allow victims of crime, to become victimized a second time through the court process?

The purpose of my post is to get people thinking. What is right? What is wrong? Is it wrong when someone mugs another at the bus stop? Breaks into your home? Kills thy neighbour? Of course it is.

Is it right when judges release violent, repeat, offenders into our communities’ and we are again victimized? What about the work of officers in apprehending the offenders in the first place? It’s a slap in the face when these criminals are back doing what they do best, hours after they’re caught. What’s the point of having a police force when this is what happens?

The system is wrong. No more excuses. Passive leaders are not the solution. Call things for what they are. Don’t be afraid; that’s what criminals want: Inaction.

Unless we effect immediate change, nothing will improve. “We” are the citizens of Canada. With citizenship comes responsibility.



P.S. No firearms registered to me at this time :)



Thank you for the articles that you have had the courage to write.

Thank you for having the courage to stand up and be counted and for calling out the cowards and challenging them to get out from behind the safety of their living rooms and to stand behind their hollow words. It’s no surprise to me that they don’t.

The anonymous critics, who have unlimited access to your articles from the safety of their laptops, seize the opportunity to attack the Police so they can be ‘somebody’.  Without any fear of repercussions of course.

There’s a few of us that can see through that illusion.  We see their  cowardice and will never forget that the masses support us.

The truth is, for these insolent internet bullies, the only measure of significance they’ll ever have in life is to capitalize on what was a huge loss to the “few” and “strong.” We remind them of the insignificant place they hold in society. That’s why they hate us so much.

To them I say, there are many, many more, like us. Not quite like Pete, but you’re hatred has strengthened us.  There are a few blokes who do not fear you, who can pick you out in a crowd and will confront you, face to face, on your words your actions.

We all know you are not willing to do the same.

Few of us have seen that look of fear in the eyes of those who would thrive on giving fear, such as the look you saw that day, when the coward was beating the defenseless man. The reality is, they hate us because we don’t fear them.

They operate on fear, we don’t.

I’m sure you’ve read, or heard of, a book called “Monster” by Kody Scott, the legendary LA gangster. I know what your thinking. However, my initial inspiration to buy the book was with the ‘keep your friends close and your enemies closer’ mindset.

My process is usually, open a book in the middle, begin reading and see if it grabs me.  What I read when I opened this book was an excerpt of a kid in the grocery store with his Mom at which time he saw a rival gang member and feared for his life.

He explains his thought process which I equated to living in a war zone.

I immediately deduced that I could learn something from this guy.

At one point, Kody was at a traffic light when he leered at a potential threat that pulled up next to him. He felt that a life and death encounter was imminent. Scott made eye contact with the threat with a total conviction to kill if necessary.

The threat drove on.

At that point, Scott realized that it’s not how big you are or how many tattoos you have, but the look in your eyes when you are prepared to do exactly what you intend to, that has real impact.

I thought of this passage immediately on reading your article.

I’ve never seen the givers of fear, become the recipients of fear as much as I did as when I worked with Pete.

Thats one of the reasons why he was special to me.

That kind of courage cannot be faked, to the bane of the cowards and posers.

The people that instill fear in the ‘so called’ creators of fear are the truly valiant ones.

Pete was one of them. That’s why they hate us.

I also want to thank you for posting that picture of Pete in your article.  For me personally, it had great significance. Two street cops doing their jobs, one out front, the other covering his back.

It reminds me of a time when I was working downtown with my partner who expressed extreme disdain for the predators of society and the hate they have in their eyes when our paths cross.

I told him that his feelings were valid.

The truth is, we need the predators. It’s because of them, that we exist. For without them, our place in society would be meaningless.

Tell the cowards to stay behind their anonymous laptops, cause if they step out, the real men & women might get them.

Keep up the good work and encourage everyone to never lose sight of the wicked.

Your article has exposed not only them, but all those like them. It reminds us of not only why we do what we do,  it has also strengthened us to continue the fight.

Submitted by anonymous contributor.

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