Wow, an unusually frank assessment (and sort-of apology) of the RCMP's handling of the death of Robert Dziekanski by psychologist Dr. Mike Webster. Webster, who has been "associated with the RCMP for more than three decades", says:
``Unfortunately, the long history and rich tradition of the Force manifests itself today as arrogance and defensiveness.''
``They view themselves as somehow apart from the rest of us, an elite group whose safety is more important than that of the most unfortunate among us.''
``We have become the `enemy' and they go to `war' with us each day, rather than collaborating with us to form a cohesive and consistent approach to policing our communities.''
``Unfortunately the idea of intimidating people is entirely consistent with the RCMP management's way of managing conflict not only with the public but also with its own membership.''
``This statement reflects a profound misunderstanding and lack of respect for the application of force to vulnerable groups and those in crisis.''
He calls the belief that the RCMP can investigate itself ``psychologically unsophisticated,''
``I wish I could tell you that the issues I raised here, and many others, that are rotting the RCMP from the top down will soon be changing.''
``I won't do that as the RCMP is in need of significant transformational change in order to genuinely reconnect with the public and its own membership.''