CaledoniaWakeUpCall and VoiceofCanada have obtained a copy of the Statement of Claim for a $12,000,000 lawsuit against Gwen Boniface, Julian Fantino, Brian Haggith and the Province of Ontario by Caledonia residents Dave Brown and Dana Chatwell.
That the OPP hid a camera in the home of a citizen is bad enough, but the way they played on the fears instilled in these people by the Native Protestors on DCE makes it even more despicable. My comments will be in italic as we learn more from the official documents of the lawsuit:
Brown and Chatwell returned to the property at approximately 1:30a.m. on December 17, 2006 to find that the residence had been broken into and ransacked. Electronics and computer equipment were smashed, racist and vulgar comments were painted on the walls, furniture was broken and overturned. Brown and Chatwell reported the incident to the OPP.
During subsequent investigations of the break and enter, the OPP conducted extensive interrogations of Chatwell and Brown and made significant inquiry as to whether Chatwell and Brown ransacked their own home. Interrogations of Brown and Chatwell lasted several hours.
After the break-in and the ransacking of the plaintiff’s residence, the OPP suggested to the plantiffs that the OPP would install a security system including an alarm and motion lights with surveillance cameras inside the lights. Brown specifically required that cameras would only be installed outside the residence and not inside. The OPP expressly confirmed that no cameras would be installed inside the residence, only outside. Brown was present when the lights with the hidden camera were purportedly installed outside the residence. Brown was told the motion lights installed at the rear of his residence contained a surveillance camera. The security system was installed on or about December 21, 2006.
Brown and Chatwell were leaving on holidays on December 26, 2006 to return on January 9, 2007. The OPP refused to allow persons of the plaintiffs’ choice to stay at the residence in order to protect the residence. The OPP would allow only one individual, Chatwell’s uncle to attend to check on the residence.
At the request of the OPP, Brown and Chatwell provided the OPP with a key to the residence on the condition that the OPP would only use the key should it be absolutely necessary in the event of an emergency at the residence. The OPP also had the pass code to the newly installed alarm system.
At this point the OPP have used their position of authority to gain a level of confidence from these residents who have nobody left to turn to. The way that they will now abuse that trust is truly loathsome.
On the morning of January 12, 2007, Brown received a telephone call from Detective Sergeant Dave Hillman of the OPP in Cayuga. Hillman told Brown that the OPP had heard that Brown and Chatwell were going to be selling the property and that he had to come over to the residence to show Brown where a camera was installed in the basement of the residence. Hillman had been advised by the OPP headquarters in Orillia that a hidden camera was installed in the basement without the plaintiffs’ knowledge or consent.
After receiving Hillman’s call, Brown discovered that, contrary to the explicit representations of the OPP, the OPP had installed a hidden surveillance camera in the kitchen in the residence. The camera was focused primarily on the kitchen table. At the time of the discovery of the surveillance camera, Brown was meeting a real estate agent in order to list the property for sale.
Upon his attendance at the residence, Hillman could find no camera in the basement. Brown advised Hillman that they had already found the camera and that it was upstairs. Hillman was visibly upset and showed Brown his notes which stated that the camera was installed in the basement.
Upon discovering the camera, Brown telephoned Haldimand Mayor, Marie Trainer to advise her that a camera had been installed inside his house by the OPP. Brown advised Hillman that he had called Trainer. Shortly after Hillman left the property, Trainer called Brown and advised that she had received a call from an OPP Sergeant and was told not to discuss the camera with anyone.
In a desperate attempt to curtail the criminal activity which has made their lives a living hell, Dave Brown and Dana Chatwell accepted the offer of the OPP to install a camera to watch over their yard, gave them a key to their home while on vacation, and trusted them to behave as police officers. The OPP abused that trust in a most cruel way and attempted to further victimize these residents by invading what little privacy they had left.Jeff Parkinson Caledonia Wakeup Call Jeff@CaledoniaWakeupCall.com