Target: Bob Paulson, Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Goal: Immediately fire and revoke pension of officer who had an intoxicated inmate released into his custody with the intent of pursuing “a personal relationship”
An officer of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police was recently reprimanded for allegedly having a drunk woman he had arrested released into his custody and driving her back to his home to “pursue a personal relationship.” Unfortunately, the punishment amounted to little more than a slap on the wrist. Demand that the officer is held responsible for his abuse of power and is immediately fired.
In 2011, Kevin Theriault, a constable in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, is alleged to have arrested an intoxicated First Nation woman at a party on Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation and put her in a cell until she sobered up. Six hours later, Theriault returned in plainclothes and had the woman released into his custody. He then drove her in his personal vehicle to his home, with the intent of “pursuing a personal relationship.” A senior officer told Theriault “You arrested her, you can do whatever the f–k you want to do.”
Thankfully, the corporal of Theriault’s department was then notified, and contacted Theriault, ordering him to return the woman to her own home. Theriault was not disciplined for this until 2014, and even then it was terrifyingly weak: only seven days of lost pay. This incident only just came to media attention, and Theriault has presumably continued to be active in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police since the incident.
Understandably, there has already been an outcry over this gross and dangerous abuse of power and its weak response from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, most notably from leadership of First Nations in Manitoba. Sign the petition below to demand that Theriault be immediately fired and that his pension be revoked.
Dear Commissioner Paulson,
A constable in your Royal Canadian Mounted Police allegedly committed a disturbing abuse of power. Unfortunately, he has yet to face consequences that are commensurate with the seriousness of his misconduct.
As I hope you are aware, Kevin Theriault was the constable in Manitoba who arrested an intoxicated First Nation woman and then had her released into his care so that he could take her back to his home and sexually assault her. Thankfully, it seems Theriault was stopped before he could carry this crime out, but as punishment for this misconduct he was only given seven days of lost pay. There is justified anger about this ridiculously minimal slap on the wrist, especially among members of the First Nations. Manitoba Grand Chief Derek Nepinak has already called for increased sanctions against Theriault, as well as other officers of the detachment who failed to step in .
Theriault is still active as a constable, and has been since his misconduct. Who knows what he may have done in the time since this incident? He has demonstrated the quality of his character and his propensity for violence and abuse of power, and has no business being part of a police force. I demand that you immediately fire Kevin Theriault and revoke his pension.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Mykola Swarnyk via Wikimedia Commons