Citizen is displeased with police behaviour

We were driving down Main Street in Penticton on Monday, October 8 at about 10:30 p.m

To the Editor:

We were driving down Main Street in Penticton on Monday, October 8 at about 10:30 p.m. We were in my son’s Chev 4×4, big tires, a little loud – it’s  a diesel.

We were going the speed limit. The RCMP had pulled someone else over. I watched the police officer stare at my son as we went by.

Being almost 60, I knew what was going to happen. Sure enough, they raced up to us, lights blazing. They snuck up flashlights on, hands on guns. They saw my young son, 22 years old, shone the light on my face and realized I wasn’t another young person but some old guy. You could see in his face he was disappointed, but my 42 year old step son was in the back seat. The back windows and back side windows have dark tint. You cannot see in.

I asked why they had stopped us. The officer said, “Your son  has an ‘N’ on the back with three people in the car.” He could not see my step son in the back until he was up to the driver’s door, which means he lied.

They then started to look for anything they could find wrong with my son’s truck. They made him roll up the driver’s window to look for tint on the glass; there was none. Checked his windshield but it was new.

All three of us don’t drink, so we were all sober. They took our I.D.’s, checked for warrants, and finally let us get out of the truck after a half hour.

I do not have a problem with the police doing their job. My problem is with his attitude. He was rude, short tempered, condescending, and arrogant. He seemed upset with something. My description was that he had a chip on his shoulder. He just seemed mad and angry.

I will remind the RCMP that your job is to uphold the laws of Canada and keep the peace, not to rule over us.

Why is it when things happen it’s always the police’s version of events until a video shows and exposes the truth?

I thought in Canada we were innocent until proven guilty by a court of law. Not “guilty” until the police decide we are innocent.

It’s too bad because now when I see a police car, I don’t see help or good. I see the face of the young, angry RCMP officer.

It’s true a few bad apples can ruin the whole barrel.

Pat Sanderson, Cawston

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

EDITORIAL: Revisiting alcohol consumption

A proposal to allow alcohol consumption in some public spaces in Penticton deserves consideration

Be prepared for high water, says RDOS

Higher than average water detected around the Ashnola Rover and Similkameen River

Poll: Should Penticton allow drinks on the beach?

Legally drinking in some Penticton parks and beaches could become a reality as early as June 5

Playgrounds to reopen across the Okanagan on June 1

After nearly two months closure, playgrounds are set to reopen

100 miles in 24 hours: a B.C. man’s mission to support the less fortunate

Merritt’s Darius Sam felt he needed to help his community after an encounter with a struggling woman

Only four new COVID-19 cases, 228 active across B.C.

Health officials watching as activities ramp up

Parts of the TCT through Princeton will open to motorized vehicles Monday

Parts of the KVR trail through Princeton will open for motorized vehicles… Continue reading

Feds looking at ways to reunite families amid COVID-19 border restrictions with U.S.

Some families with members of dual-citizenship have become separated due to the pandemic

Condition in kids with possible COVID-19 link being studied in Canada

This month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an alert to doctors about MIS-C

North Okanagan farmers’ markets excited to welcome artisans back amid COVID-19

Provincial health officer announced non-food items to return to markets this weekend

‘I knew what he wanted’: Kootenay man spends hours in tree as black bear patrols below

Francis Levasseur is no stranger to the outdoors, but a recent run-in with a bear caused quite a scare

COVID cancelled their wedding plans, so they married on a BC mountaintop

Ceremony was live streamed to friends and family around the world

Mother duck and babies rescued from Highway 97 in Lake Country

The mother and nine ducklings were taken to Duck Lake

Chef brings farm-to-table approach to new Shuswap restaurant

Darren Bezanson opening Bistro 1460 at Hilltop Inn

Most Read