A couple of days ago my bud Matt B. up in Windsor, Ontario told me that he had filed a complaint with the Windsor Police Service (a bit of an oxymoron) based on his observation of a couple individuals in silly costumes who acted as if they were above the law they purport to enforce. Yesterday Matt received the response below, which as you’ll see isn’t the usual form letter stating that the department is doing an internal investigation but was written to address Matt’s concerns. Even more surprising is that it admits error and apologizes.
But, before we start praising the department remember that it operates on violence. It’s facilities, equipment, salaries and benefits are paid for through money stolen from others. Also, the very fact that I’m posting about the reaction Matt received is indicative of the unaccountability most of us have come to expect from police departments, where standard operating procedure is stonewalling criticism. Would this happen were the provision of ‘law enforcement’ provided by the free market? Would sites like CopBlock.org exist in such a world? I’d bet not, which is why we’re doing what we’re doing. For more on this, check out Bruce Benson’s Enterprise of Law.
Dear Mr. B.,
My name is S/Sgt. David Cassady and I am the immediate supervisor of the three Windsor Police officers you observed on June 28, 2010 and made the parking complaint about. I have read your complaint and questioned the officers who were involved. They admitted to parking at the spot you describe and entering the Subway shop during their lunch break.
I am writing this letter of apology to you and the citizens of Windsor because on June 28, 2010 a mistake was made by my officers by parking at a metered spot and not feeding the meter when not on a call for service. For that, I and them deeply regret not doing so.
I have never made any excuses for my behavior or my officers and assume full responsibility for their actions. They embarrassed themselves and the Windsor Police Service.
The officers wish to extend their apology to you and the community at large for not feeding the meter even when parked for the short period of time. They indicated to me they were not on a call for service and take full responsibility for their actions.
I want to thank you for bringing this to our attention and I want to advise you that the offending officers have been spoken to about this incident and how it reflects upon them as a representative of our and your Police Service.
S/Sgt. Dave Cassady Windsor Police Service Emergency Services Branch 519-255-6700 Ext 4008 519-255-7369 Fax 519-982-3178 Cell firstname.lastname@example.org