Hartless cleared of Fantino attack for a second time

Posted: January 28, 2009 in Caledonia, FantinoGate, Headlines, Jeff's Blogs

January 28, 2009

In February of 2007, Julian Fantino whined like a child to the Hamilton Police that one of their officers was exercising his right to freedom of speech as a Canadian citizen by criticizing the way the OPP were failing to protect himself, his family, his neighbours, and his community in Caledonia from the ongoing lawlessness at the Douglas Creek Estates which is just a few doors from his home.

That officer was Dave Hartless and as most know, he was cleared of any wrong doing after an investigation into his charter rights revealed that Fantino doesn’t have the authority to muzzle people at will who happen to disagree with his race based policies. A lawsuit to that effect filed by Hartless and a blitz by the future members of CANACE that gathered hundreds of signatures in support of Mr. Hartless may also have had something to do with the eventual outcome.

Some 2 years later, Fantino who as has been documented here has the obvious mentality of a school yard bully with a badge decided to take another frivolous run at Mr. Hartless for signing the petition for a formal inquiry into the actions of Fantino and the OPP in Caledonia. Apparently in FantinoLand, only king Julian is allowed freedom of speech.

What makes this complaint doubly disgusting is a diatribe by Julian in a recent edition of the Stony Creek News in which he stated he “did not surrender his rights as a Canadian to speak publicly about issues he cared about deeply” when he became a cop, but of course he is not capable of applying that same logic to anyone but himself. That rant was in response to an editorial in which it was suggested that Julian stop trying to write new laws and start enforcing existing ones in Caledonia.

The Hamilton Police Services professional standards branch has for a second time cleared Dave Hartless of any wrongdoing, so one must wonder how long it will be before Fantino finds a way to attack this obviously innocent target who is a victim of race based policing for a third time.

Perhaps if Mr. Fantino were to focus his efforts on bringing to justice those who loosened the lug nuts on Hartless’s van one night while the OPP stood by, or those who assaulted Mr. Hartless in his own neighborhood one night while the OPP stood by instead of ranting and raving about a signature on a democratic document, someone somewhere might have some of the respect for Fantino that he seems to believe he can demand for writing speeding tickets, wasting millions painting cop cars, and driving up the cost of policing in Ontario almost 20% while denying basic civil rights to an entire community.

Jeff Parkinson

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Comments
  1. WL Mackenzie Redux says:

    I cant recall an OPP commissar who was so embattled by rank and file complaints as well as civil actions.

    Thus is the result when you pin the brass on a bully.

  2. Mary-Lou says:

    I am sure that Fantino’s own words regarding his right to free speech even while wearing his badge, helped to exonerate Mr. Hartless. In this case Justice prevailed.

  3. caledoniawakeupcall says:

    It’s entirely possible that Julian’s own rant helped to clear Mr. Hartless but I think the primary factor was likely that this complaint reeked of frivelous vengeance.

    Imagine you’re an investigator and you get this complaint which was the equivalent of “he signed a petition so I want you to get him”

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