Po­lice review board finds of­fi­cer guilty

Cape Breton Post - - Front Page - BY CAPE BRE­TON POST STAFF

A Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Po­lice of­fi­cer has been found guilty of dis­cred­itable con­duct by a Nova Sco­tia Po­lice Review Board, re­lat­ing to his be­hav­iour in a prop­erty dis­pute in­volv­ing his un­cle.

Sgt. Walter Ruther­ford, Const. John Camp­bell and Const. Don­ald Regi­nato were the sub­jects of com­plaints filed by Stephanie Bon­ner and Ed­ward (Ted) O’Quinn. A hear­ing took place in Syd­ney in April.

The board found that by call­ing Bon­ner a “douche bag,” or say­ing “you’re dead,” Camp­bell was guilty of dis­cred­itable con­duct, as well as by act­ing in a dis­or­derly man­ner or a man­ner that is likely to bring dis­credit to the po­lice and by ma­neu­ver­ing his ve­hi­cle in a con­fronta­tional man­ner to­ward O’Quinn’s ve­hi­cle.

Com­plaints filed against Regi­nato and Ruther­ford were dis­missed.

The board’s de­ci­sion was re­leased Fri­day.

The com­plaints al­leged the of­fi­cers failed to prop­erly or dili­gently per­form their du­ties as re­gional po­lice of­fi­cers.

While the board noted Camp­bell may be a com­pe­tent po­lice of­fi­cer, it found that “his per­sonal re­la­tion­ship with Ralph and El­iz­a­beth Camp­bell sig­nif­i­cantly fueled his at­ti­tude and coloured his ac­tions to­ward both Ms. Bon­ner and Mr. O’Quinn.”

The board found that Camp­bell should have re­moved him­self en­tirely from the is­sue.

The board did note that it is un­for­tu­nate that Bon­ner doesn’t seem to have been made aware of the pub­lic com­plaint process in a timely man­ner.

“In the re­sult, many of her is­sues could not be dealt with as they fell well be­yond the six-month lim­i­ta­tion pe­riod set out in the reg­u­la­tions by the time that she en­gaged the process,” the de­ci­sion states.

The com­plaints stemmed from a bit­ter and pro­tracted prop­erty dis­pute that be­gan shortly af­ter Bon­ner pur­chased an 11-acre prop­erty on Crest­dale Drive, in Syd­ney Forks, in Septem­ber 2011.

The prop­erty came with a right-of-way drive­way shared with Bon­ner’s neigh­bours, Ralph and El­iz­a­beth Camp­bell.

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