More harassment of residents by the OPP

Posted: November 29, 2007 in Caledonia, Headlines, Jeff's Blogs, OPP, Residents

November 29, 2007

One would think that the Haldimand OPP would have learned their lesson having been sued by Dave Brown for his wrongful arrest and detainment, but their efforts to intimidate residents of Caledonia into submission appear to know no bounds.

In light of the recent attempt by an OPP officer to run him over, Chris Syrie has decided to make public another of their efforts to stop him from speaking out.

Mr. Syrie runs a music store in Caledonia which is adjacent to the Emergency services parking lot. An ambulance driver spotted a car doing doughnuts in the parking lot of the music store one morning and called the police. The EMS worker did not identify who was driving as they didn’t see.

Upon investigation of the horrible crime of someone spinning tires in a private driveway, the OPP realized that the highway traffic act does not apply and issued a criminal charge of dangerous driving to Chris Syrie. The fact that Mr. Syrie was not the driver of the vehicle in question and was inside the store at the time was of no interest to the OPP super sleuths.

Dangerous driving is a criminal charge with a penalty of jail time and a permanent record if convicted, so it’s easy to understand why most people would be intimidated by this. Fortunately, Chris Syrie is not “most people”.

Mr. Syrie attended the OPP station in Cayuga and brought the driver of the vehicle with him who confessed to police that he was in fact the one behind the wheel. Having found the guilty party, the OPP ignored him and proceeded to fingerprint, photograph and move forward with the charge against Syrie.

The young man explaining repeatedly that he was the one driving the car had no impact on the “investigation” and the crown received the charge. In a showing of what justice truly means in Haldimand County, the crown also ignored the truth until a written letter of confession was received by the court at which time they had no choice but to drop the charge.

No apology or acknowledgement of guilt has been received by Mr. Syrie for what he was forced to endure by a cop with a grudge. The true stories that continue to unfold in this small town are indeed something one would expect to see from a highly paid fiction writer.

Jeff Parkinson
Caledonia Wakeup Call
  1. WL Mackenzie Reux says:

    Ahhh yes…we see the “NEW” justice which springs from the “NEW” democracy.

    What has this citizen got to say?

    First I find this targeted harrassment to be beyond what even I ( a confimed cynic) believe the OPP cops capable of.

    Second, Far from intimidating me it enrages me…OPP have just come into total disrepute with me….in contact with them at any time in the future, I will consider their intent to be either fully or marginally ultravires, intimidating and vindictive , quasi-criminal, and potentially fully criminal. Any contact I have with this agency and it’s employees will be fully documented on audio and video media and secured for evidence in any case which may arise from malfeasant acts.

    You live in a dystopia when you have to have a witness to deal with the police….or when witness testimony is ignored when police have a gooning to do.

  2. bobsyeruncle says:

    Worth mentioning after WLM’a dissertation on “the new democracy”, is that when a government’s primary product or out put is injustice or irresponsible waste, we have jumped over the fine line between a bad government and a criminal one.

  3. Concerned says:

    Hows your head ya dumb plick?
    Still sleeping doofus?

    Guess your not as big as the OPP eh?

  4. WL Mackenzie Redux says:

    Since you wrote this Jeff it has become apparent you yourself were a victim of police policy of bullying of non natives into silence.

    I prey for your swift recovery and hope it has not dampened the fires of civil indignation in your heart.

    All I can offer is some inspiration from statesman and the father of civil society and just rule of law…Edmund Burke…his passion for civil liberty and justice have inspired me perhaps he can do the same for you:

    “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

    “The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.”

    “When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.”

    “All who have ever written on government are unanimous, that among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot long exist.”

    “The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients, and by parts.”

    “Kings will be tyrants from policy, when subjects are rebels from principle.”

    “Justice is itself the great standing policy of civil society; and any eminent departure from it, under any circumstances, lies under the suspicion of being no policy at all.”


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