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Court Officer who had gun stolen from his car given absolute discharge

A veteran police officer, whose decision to leave a gun in his car sparked a massive search after it was stolen, stood before a judge Friday and apologized for the trouble he caused.

"I made a mistake," Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Sgt. Campbell Feehan said during his sentencing hearing at provincial court in St. John's.

A veteran police officer, whose decision to leave a gun in his car sparked a massive search after it was stolen, stood before a judge Friday and apologized for the trouble he caused.

"I made a mistake," Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Sgt. Campbell Feehan said during his sentencing hearing at provincial court in St. John's.

"I want to apologize to the court, to my family, my co-workers and the chief (Joe Browne).

"I also want to apologize to the citizens of Mount Pearl for putting them at risk for a period of time."

The 47-year-old - who has been an RNC officer for 25 years - pleaded guilty to one count of careless storage of a firearm, which is a regulatory offence under the Public Agent Firearms Act.

The Crown agreed to withdraw the Criminal Code charge of careless use of a firearm. Judge Mark Pike agreed with the defence's recommendation to give Feehan an absolute discharge - meaning no conviction will be entered and his record will remain clean.

"Fortunately, nobody was hurt ...," said Pike, who also noted Feehan had been disciplined internally with a two-week suspension without pay.

"There was no harm done. ... He accepts responsibility and understands the danger he put the public in."

The incident happened Dec. 14, 2009.

According to the agreed statement of facts, Feehan was scheduled to work 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. that day and was on plainclothes duty.

At suppertime, he met his family at a local restaurant. He was driving an unmarked police car, an SUV. Before he went into the restaurant, he took off his holster and put the service sidearm - a Sig Sauer Model P226, 40-calibre firearm - and police radio in the compartment between the front seats.

He placed his gloves and winter hat on top, so the items were not visible.

After supper, Feehan drove back to the office, a commercial premises in the Smallwood Drive area of Mount Pearl, and parked in the parking lot. He said he locked the vehicle's doors.

At around 8:45 p.m., another police officer used the vehicle to go pick up a sandwich and returned five minutes later.

When Feehan returned to the SUV at around 10:30 p.m., he noticed his gloves and hat were on the passenger seat and his service sidearm and holster were gone. The other officers didn't have them.

Two other vehicles in the parking lot also had items stolen from them.

There was no sign of forced entry to Feehan's SUV.

Feehan notified his supervisors and a search crew was formed to look for the missing weapon.

The following day, more than 40 members of the Rover Search and Rescue unit assisted in the hunt.

At 9:10 p.m., two members of the Rovers team found the gun in a wooded area just east of the Reid Centre in Mount Pearl, about a half kilometre from where it had been stolen.

The sidearm was in a plastic shopping bag and appeared to have been thrown into the woods off a walking path.

The 12 missing bullets were found the next day by an RNC member of the search team.

The bullets were in a plastic sandwich baggie and had been thrown into the branches of a small tree, about 200 feet from where the sidearm had been found the day before.

On Jan. 11, Feehan appeared before RNC chief of police at an internal disciplinary hearing and pleaded guilty to one count of conduct unbecoming a police officer by carelessly storing a firearm.

He was given a two-week suspension without pay.

"That cost him several thousand dollars in pay," Feehan's lawyer, Brad Wicks, told the judge.

Wicks also pointed out that the incident has caused Feehan tremendous embarrassment from all the media attention. He said Feehan has had a "successful and valuable career with the RNC and has supervised a lot of very important investigations."

It wasn't Feehan's first time being disciplined by the chief. In 2002, he was reprimanded for storing his sidearm in the RNC armoury instead of in his personal locker, as required by RNC policy.

For the latest incident, Crown prosecutor David Schermbrucker of Halifax suggested a conditional discharge with six months' probation, "simply because of the heightened risk, but nothing more punitive than that."

However, Pike noted the effect the incident has had on Feehan and said given the circumstances, an absolute discharge was appropriate.

Feehan declined comment outside court, but smiled and shook his lawyer's hand before leaving.

rgillingham@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Reid Centre

Geographic location: Mount Pearl, St. John's, Smallwood Drive

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  • Tim
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    Shack23 from NL writes: What about the police officer who stole the money from RNC Headquarters????


    People will say that he or she made a mistake as well and support the crooked cop. Nothing new. Absolute discharge, no record and they will get to retire with a full pension to boot. You really have to wonder what really is wrong with people these days to support such poor role models and examples while wanting to hang the down trodden.

  • Jack
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    Constable Feenan should not have been charged in the first place. Shame on the RNC for their judicial incompetence as always.

    Furthermore, the Newfoundland and Labrador Government needs to change the Police Act to require officers to be suspended with pay for 30 days, and then after the 30 day period, leave the decision to suspend without pay to the chief.

    In addition, if an officer receives a suspension 30 days or less, he/she will be automatically suspended with pay.

    This change would put Newfoundland and Labrador in line with Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia.

  • Gordon
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    Sgt. Feehan made a poor judgement call, and he won't be the first nor the last. Judge Pike rendered the right sentence in my opinion. As mentioned, there was no one harmed in this unfortunate incident.That was the most important thing. Let Sgt. Feehan get on with his life, and continue to serve his community with the pride that he has shown in the past. br Gordon Mercer # 3072 br Retired Officer (Toronto Police Service)

  • Debbie
    July 02, 2010 - 13:32

    BULLS#%T ! If that was an ordinary joe he'd be in jail.
    IGNORANCE OF THE LAW IS NO EXCUSE ! and NEITHER IS CARELESSNESS !
    His mistake could have cost lives !

  • darls
    July 02, 2010 - 13:32

    so the justice system here is what .....plead guilty and go home .....plead innocent....go to trial ...go to jail....

  • Lost All
    July 02, 2010 - 13:32

    I fail to see how one person is permitted to make a mistake while other are not. This is not a fair and equal delivery of law or justice sorry. I just do not see it that way. If anyone else was to have a firearm stolen due to neglect they would be found guilty and paid a price. The Crown needs to appeal this to have continuity in the legal system for all people, and not one law for this group and another for the rest. br br Pi$$ Poor. I guess if they ever charge the RNC officer that walked out with the $14,000+ in cash he/she can also claim that a mistake was made and walk. RNC found guilty of harassment, drunk driving and mischief get's to delay sentence so he can retire and pull a full pension. See if anyone else can do that. Tough on crime my a$$.

  • Lizzie
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    how does a 25 yr veteran make such a stupid mistake ...it should be second nature to him by now....like brushing your teeth in the morning ...just wondering how many more MISTAKES he has made and were never caught....just a thought

  • Manuel
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    This man endangered everyone by leaving a loaded weapon in the car without a trigger lock. He has been disciplined several times. The only track record he has is a consistent track record for careless storage of a firearm. br He should ahve a criminal record for this and should have been fired. br If this were you or me and had a firearm of this calibre go missing and we had to have the police called in to do a massive search like this, we would be in jail and be footing the bill. br This only goes to show join the police force and your above the law.

  • richard
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    As a member of the military, weapon security is the most important thing we are taught. Accountability of that weapon is so serious that many persons have to account for it whereabouts several times a day. if someone misplaces a weapon or looses it that person is severely punished under military law. it's great that someone didn't get hurt or killed from this weapon, but what if someone did, that's how serious it is. I think maybe since this is mistake #2 he should have been punished, I've got it that he has a 25 year career, i have a 21 year career in the Army, and deployed to combat twice but i have never lost neither have any of my soldiers lost or misplaced a weapon. At a minimum in the Army he wouldn't be a Sergeant anymore

  • Craig
    July 02, 2010 - 13:29

    Lets take a second to reflect on this incident, we have a man who made a mistake but has obviously spent a better part of his adult life protecting this very place we call home. I for one feel more secure putting my children asleep at night knowing that this individual and his comrades work all day long and while we sleep at night to protect and provide us with the safe lifestyle we have all become accustomed to.

  • tom
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    OK all together Now!

    We Made a mistake!!!!!

    Guns left in cars? Money stolen form RNC locker? RNC officer impaired kicked out back window of RCMP cruiser.
    C-Brook Supt resigns after Harrassment alleged. Davis the PR man becomes the PC man after all his face face time on Tube paid for by U and I.

    Great Job Chief Brown. then we wonder why we are tagged Stuupid NFLDERS? We deserve it.

    All got pensions

  • wade
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    The justice system in newfoundland sucks...he should have been fired...he endangered everybodys lives if this weapon had to get into the wrong persons hand...and thats the bottom line

  • John
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    Being a police officer does not make one ammune to making mistakes. I am sure we all agree that everyone makes them. I agree that this was a serious error in judgement, however the man is human and should be afforded the respect his long record deserves. We are to quick to make judgements as a people and should remember that we are all flawed. Campbell deserves to continue his career unacosted and the decision for the courts was for once correct.

  • David
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    If you like the ability to give yourself a raise, go into politics.

    If you want to be protected from the law, go into the cops.

    If you want to be highly respected in the community without being too focused on work, go into medicine and work in Newfoundland.

  • Shack23
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    What about the police officer who stole the money from RNC Headquarters????

  • A Crime is a crime!
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    I agree 100% with Lost all Faith! If an ordinary person committed these crimes we would have our life ruined with a criminal record,the cops can get away with anything and are above the law. This is disgusting! The cop in Corner Brook allowed to delay sentencing to complete his 25 years service for his pension is nuts. Anyone one else would lose their job on the spot. Some of these guys get suspended WITH PAY!

  • Bruce
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    Where do you suppose I'd be if I'd left my pistol in the car and it had been stolen? This incompetent should be discharged from the force and sentenced. Of course in a province where the courts smile on police officers who drink and drive, little more than a complete discharge could be expected.

  • Rahim
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    Relax guys; I thought you Newfoundlanders were supposed to be an easy-going crowd?

    Sgt. Feehan & I are members of a select group of society that unfortunately most of you are not, and therefore simply don't understand the rules by which we're governed. So take it easy and learn to accept it as it is.

  • eugene
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    a good call by the judge how many people leave there keys in the door overnight and their keys in the car. i know what had happened was a very serious mistake but after all he is only human.throw the book at the scumbags who stole the gun and ammo.

  • doug
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    This is response to thomas , The difference between your friends loosing their firearms and a police officer loosing his are two worlds apart. A police officer's weapon is part of his kit (uniform), if the police officer were in the military and had his weapon lost/stolen he would be in HUGE trouble!. He would certainly be charged. You must be friends with the police, former cop maybe?.

  • Mike
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    Why should this ding bat get a slap on the wrist someone could have use that wepon to kill someone ,but if that was anyone else they would be in the lock up ,it tells you what the justice system is like to let these legal criminals get away with everything and I can tell you something right now these so called police men are the biggest criminals shame on the system.

  • mercedes
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    Our justice ststem did good for a change!

  • warrick
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    Kevin wrote, The pieces of garbage that stole the gun, caused the problems. What would be his, and our, response if a child had discovered the ditched gun and had lost his/her life as a result? A RNC officer's regret - and grief - cannot (and would not) mitigate his negligence.

  • Kevin
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    Unfortunate situation. Undoubtedly, officer has a good track record. Made a mistake. The pieces of garbage that stole the gun, caused the problems.

    Good decision in my opinion. The sentences handed down to the regular riff raff, who truly are criminals, get a slap on the wrist, despite being repeat offenders.

    This officer deserved a pass.

  • stephen
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    it boggles my mind,the crap that goes on in our justice system.The average citizen would have been dragged over the coals,but an x RNC,getting a pension and double dipping,is so incompetent as to leave a weapon in a vech,gets nothing.
    What a ????#@ joke.

  • doug
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    Hmmm..I guess if the police came to my home and found I had a registered 4-10 sitting in the corner of my basement I would be charged with improper storage of a firearm. I guess I could say I made a mistake!...We have a justice system for the politicians, another one for priests and one for the cops....I have totally lost all faith in the unjustice system!

  • AR
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    Sgt. Feehan's vehicle was locked but there was no sign of forced entry when his gun was taken so the vehicle was likely left unlocked by the officer who borrowed it to go pick up a sandwich. But for that, Sgt. Feehan's mistake may not have come to light.

  • John
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    After reading all the comments I can see both sides of the debate. However, being all too familiar with the court system and the sentences being handed out daily, this officer's sentence is well within range and appropriate. All the nay-sayers, and I 'd be one if I didn't know the justice system, should attend court for a week and see what gets handed down for sentences. Perhaps instead of us all writing here where it doesn't matter, we should write our local politicians and ask that the government get tough on crime by passing laws to ensure minimum sentences more in the range that our US neighbours impose!!! Then instead of 4 years in jail for running down and killing a woman while drunk(and being convicted several times before for impaired driving), these criminals might think twice if they faced minimum 20-25 year sentences. Judges in this country are being forced into giving slap-on-the-wrist sentences because of CASE LAW. In other words, if prior judges gave slap-on-the-wrist sentences in the past, future criminals can bank on receiving another slap-on-the-wrist. Stephen Harper talks about getting tough on crime! How about allowing(forcing) judges to impose proper sentences. I for one would be proud to have my tax dollars pay to keep some of these criminals in jail where they belong rather than out on the street waiting to take advantage of everyone else(including this police officer who has a brain spasm/uses terrible judgement and put everyone at risk).

  • Thomas
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    I know of 1 person who left a gun leaning against his fence and it disappeared, and another person who had a shotgun stolen from his truck..... neither of these people have criminal records as a result. I am sure there must be others out there too who have had similar things happen who also have no criminal record now. br br The same people make the same comments about cops above the law anytime something happens but it's obvious you have no clue how other people are treated in similar circumstances by the courts.. br br br When you consider the 2 week suspension without pay, Sgt Feehan received harsher punishment then the tow people I mentioned earlier...

  • Thomas
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    Doug.... I said I know of two people, I didn't say they were my friends.... In case you didn't notice the cop WAS charged (that's where the police role ends). and as for the sentencing part ( which is handled by the court), all you have to do is follow a little bit of case law and it wouldn't be hard to see this sentence is in-line with other people in similar circumstances with no criminal record... No I'm not a former cop but I am in a position to follow our 'justice' system and actually am able to make an informed opinion as opposed to a bias one. Since we're making assumptions not based in fact... When were you charged??

  • Dennis
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    Lost all faith,, I couldn't agree more!

  • A Crime is a crime
    July 02, 2010 - 13:08

    I think that if a cop is suspended for doing something wrong THEY SHOULD NOT GET A PAID HOLIDAY FOR IT! They should be suspended or fired like the rest of us NORMAL PEOPLE who would lose our jobs if we ****ed up. Someone should smarten up at the top!

  • Tim
    July 01, 2010 - 20:25

    Shack23 from NL writes: What about the police officer who stole the money from RNC Headquarters????


    People will say that he or she made a mistake as well and support the crooked cop. Nothing new. Absolute discharge, no record and they will get to retire with a full pension to boot. You really have to wonder what really is wrong with people these days to support such poor role models and examples while wanting to hang the down trodden.

  • Jack
    July 01, 2010 - 20:25

    Constable Feenan should not have been charged in the first place. Shame on the RNC for their judicial incompetence as always.

    Furthermore, the Newfoundland and Labrador Government needs to change the Police Act to require officers to be suspended with pay for 30 days, and then after the 30 day period, leave the decision to suspend without pay to the chief.

    In addition, if an officer receives a suspension 30 days or less, he/she will be automatically suspended with pay.

    This change would put Newfoundland and Labrador in line with Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia.

  • Gordon
    July 01, 2010 - 20:24

    Sgt. Feehan made a poor judgement call, and he won't be the first nor the last. Judge Pike rendered the right sentence in my opinion. As mentioned, there was no one harmed in this unfortunate incident.That was the most important thing. Let Sgt. Feehan get on with his life, and continue to serve his community with the pride that he has shown in the past. br Gordon Mercer # 3072 br Retired Officer (Toronto Police Service)

  • Debbie
    July 01, 2010 - 20:21

    BULLS#%T ! If that was an ordinary joe he'd be in jail.
    IGNORANCE OF THE LAW IS NO EXCUSE ! and NEITHER IS CARELESSNESS !
    His mistake could have cost lives !

  • darls
    July 01, 2010 - 20:20

    so the justice system here is what .....plead guilty and go home .....plead innocent....go to trial ...go to jail....

  • Lost All
    July 01, 2010 - 20:20

    I fail to see how one person is permitted to make a mistake while other are not. This is not a fair and equal delivery of law or justice sorry. I just do not see it that way. If anyone else was to have a firearm stolen due to neglect they would be found guilty and paid a price. The Crown needs to appeal this to have continuity in the legal system for all people, and not one law for this group and another for the rest. br br Pi$$ Poor. I guess if they ever charge the RNC officer that walked out with the $14,000+ in cash he/she can also claim that a mistake was made and walk. RNC found guilty of harassment, drunk driving and mischief get's to delay sentence so he can retire and pull a full pension. See if anyone else can do that. Tough on crime my a$$.

  • Lizzie
    July 01, 2010 - 20:19

    how does a 25 yr veteran make such a stupid mistake ...it should be second nature to him by now....like brushing your teeth in the morning ...just wondering how many more MISTAKES he has made and were never caught....just a thought

  • Manuel
    July 01, 2010 - 20:18

    This man endangered everyone by leaving a loaded weapon in the car without a trigger lock. He has been disciplined several times. The only track record he has is a consistent track record for careless storage of a firearm. br He should ahve a criminal record for this and should have been fired. br If this were you or me and had a firearm of this calibre go missing and we had to have the police called in to do a massive search like this, we would be in jail and be footing the bill. br This only goes to show join the police force and your above the law.

  • richard
    July 01, 2010 - 20:18

    As a member of the military, weapon security is the most important thing we are taught. Accountability of that weapon is so serious that many persons have to account for it whereabouts several times a day. if someone misplaces a weapon or looses it that person is severely punished under military law. it's great that someone didn't get hurt or killed from this weapon, but what if someone did, that's how serious it is. I think maybe since this is mistake #2 he should have been punished, I've got it that he has a 25 year career, i have a 21 year career in the Army, and deployed to combat twice but i have never lost neither have any of my soldiers lost or misplaced a weapon. At a minimum in the Army he wouldn't be a Sergeant anymore

  • Craig
    July 01, 2010 - 20:17

    Lets take a second to reflect on this incident, we have a man who made a mistake but has obviously spent a better part of his adult life protecting this very place we call home. I for one feel more secure putting my children asleep at night knowing that this individual and his comrades work all day long and while we sleep at night to protect and provide us with the safe lifestyle we have all become accustomed to.

  • tom
    July 01, 2010 - 20:15

    OK all together Now!

    We Made a mistake!!!!!

    Guns left in cars? Money stolen form RNC locker? RNC officer impaired kicked out back window of RCMP cruiser.
    C-Brook Supt resigns after Harrassment alleged. Davis the PR man becomes the PC man after all his face face time on Tube paid for by U and I.

    Great Job Chief Brown. then we wonder why we are tagged Stuupid NFLDERS? We deserve it.

    All got pensions

  • wade
    July 01, 2010 - 20:12

    The justice system in newfoundland sucks...he should have been fired...he endangered everybodys lives if this weapon had to get into the wrong persons hand...and thats the bottom line

  • John
    July 01, 2010 - 20:12

    Being a police officer does not make one ammune to making mistakes. I am sure we all agree that everyone makes them. I agree that this was a serious error in judgement, however the man is human and should be afforded the respect his long record deserves. We are to quick to make judgements as a people and should remember that we are all flawed. Campbell deserves to continue his career unacosted and the decision for the courts was for once correct.

  • David
    July 01, 2010 - 20:12

    If you like the ability to give yourself a raise, go into politics.

    If you want to be protected from the law, go into the cops.

    If you want to be highly respected in the community without being too focused on work, go into medicine and work in Newfoundland.

  • Shack23
    July 01, 2010 - 20:10

    What about the police officer who stole the money from RNC Headquarters????

  • A Crime is a crime!
    July 01, 2010 - 20:08

    I agree 100% with Lost all Faith! If an ordinary person committed these crimes we would have our life ruined with a criminal record,the cops can get away with anything and are above the law. This is disgusting! The cop in Corner Brook allowed to delay sentencing to complete his 25 years service for his pension is nuts. Anyone one else would lose their job on the spot. Some of these guys get suspended WITH PAY!

  • Bruce
    July 01, 2010 - 20:04

    Where do you suppose I'd be if I'd left my pistol in the car and it had been stolen? This incompetent should be discharged from the force and sentenced. Of course in a province where the courts smile on police officers who drink and drive, little more than a complete discharge could be expected.

  • Rahim
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    Relax guys; I thought you Newfoundlanders were supposed to be an easy-going crowd?

    Sgt. Feehan & I are members of a select group of society that unfortunately most of you are not, and therefore simply don't understand the rules by which we're governed. So take it easy and learn to accept it as it is.

  • eugene
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    a good call by the judge how many people leave there keys in the door overnight and their keys in the car. i know what had happened was a very serious mistake but after all he is only human.throw the book at the scumbags who stole the gun and ammo.

  • doug
    July 01, 2010 - 19:59

    This is response to thomas , The difference between your friends loosing their firearms and a police officer loosing his are two worlds apart. A police officer's weapon is part of his kit (uniform), if the police officer were in the military and had his weapon lost/stolen he would be in HUGE trouble!. He would certainly be charged. You must be friends with the police, former cop maybe?.

  • Mike
    July 01, 2010 - 19:58

    Why should this ding bat get a slap on the wrist someone could have use that wepon to kill someone ,but if that was anyone else they would be in the lock up ,it tells you what the justice system is like to let these legal criminals get away with everything and I can tell you something right now these so called police men are the biggest criminals shame on the system.

  • mercedes
    July 01, 2010 - 19:57

    Our justice ststem did good for a change!

  • warrick
    July 01, 2010 - 19:56

    Kevin wrote, The pieces of garbage that stole the gun, caused the problems. What would be his, and our, response if a child had discovered the ditched gun and had lost his/her life as a result? A RNC officer's regret - and grief - cannot (and would not) mitigate his negligence.

  • Kevin
    July 01, 2010 - 19:55

    Unfortunate situation. Undoubtedly, officer has a good track record. Made a mistake. The pieces of garbage that stole the gun, caused the problems.

    Good decision in my opinion. The sentences handed down to the regular riff raff, who truly are criminals, get a slap on the wrist, despite being repeat offenders.

    This officer deserved a pass.

  • stephen
    July 01, 2010 - 19:54

    it boggles my mind,the crap that goes on in our justice system.The average citizen would have been dragged over the coals,but an x RNC,getting a pension and double dipping,is so incompetent as to leave a weapon in a vech,gets nothing.
    What a ????#@ joke.

  • doug
    July 01, 2010 - 19:52

    Hmmm..I guess if the police came to my home and found I had a registered 4-10 sitting in the corner of my basement I would be charged with improper storage of a firearm. I guess I could say I made a mistake!...We have a justice system for the politicians, another one for priests and one for the cops....I have totally lost all faith in the unjustice system!

  • AR
    July 01, 2010 - 19:52

    Sgt. Feehan's vehicle was locked but there was no sign of forced entry when his gun was taken so the vehicle was likely left unlocked by the officer who borrowed it to go pick up a sandwich. But for that, Sgt. Feehan's mistake may not have come to light.

  • John
    July 01, 2010 - 19:51

    After reading all the comments I can see both sides of the debate. However, being all too familiar with the court system and the sentences being handed out daily, this officer's sentence is well within range and appropriate. All the nay-sayers, and I 'd be one if I didn't know the justice system, should attend court for a week and see what gets handed down for sentences. Perhaps instead of us all writing here where it doesn't matter, we should write our local politicians and ask that the government get tough on crime by passing laws to ensure minimum sentences more in the range that our US neighbours impose!!! Then instead of 4 years in jail for running down and killing a woman while drunk(and being convicted several times before for impaired driving), these criminals might think twice if they faced minimum 20-25 year sentences. Judges in this country are being forced into giving slap-on-the-wrist sentences because of CASE LAW. In other words, if prior judges gave slap-on-the-wrist sentences in the past, future criminals can bank on receiving another slap-on-the-wrist. Stephen Harper talks about getting tough on crime! How about allowing(forcing) judges to impose proper sentences. I for one would be proud to have my tax dollars pay to keep some of these criminals in jail where they belong rather than out on the street waiting to take advantage of everyone else(including this police officer who has a brain spasm/uses terrible judgement and put everyone at risk).

  • Thomas
    July 01, 2010 - 19:48

    I know of 1 person who left a gun leaning against his fence and it disappeared, and another person who had a shotgun stolen from his truck..... neither of these people have criminal records as a result. I am sure there must be others out there too who have had similar things happen who also have no criminal record now. br br The same people make the same comments about cops above the law anytime something happens but it's obvious you have no clue how other people are treated in similar circumstances by the courts.. br br br When you consider the 2 week suspension without pay, Sgt Feehan received harsher punishment then the tow people I mentioned earlier...

  • Thomas
    July 01, 2010 - 19:48

    Doug.... I said I know of two people, I didn't say they were my friends.... In case you didn't notice the cop WAS charged (that's where the police role ends). and as for the sentencing part ( which is handled by the court), all you have to do is follow a little bit of case law and it wouldn't be hard to see this sentence is in-line with other people in similar circumstances with no criminal record... No I'm not a former cop but I am in a position to follow our 'justice' system and actually am able to make an informed opinion as opposed to a bias one. Since we're making assumptions not based in fact... When were you charged??

  • Dennis
    July 01, 2010 - 19:46

    Lost all faith,, I couldn't agree more!

  • A Crime is a crime
    July 01, 2010 - 19:43

    I think that if a cop is suspended for doing something wrong THEY SHOULD NOT GET A PAID HOLIDAY FOR IT! They should be suspended or fired like the rest of us NORMAL PEOPLE who would lose our jobs if we ****ed up. Someone should smarten up at the top!