One of the kidnappers fellow officers stated: “You arrested her, you can do whatever the f*ck you want to do.”
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A police officer was recently found to have acted “inappropriately” after he pulled over an intoxicated Native American woman, and then drove her to his house to have a “personal relationship” with her.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer was disciplined, and given seven days off off work without pay. The Canadian CBC News reported that adjudication documents said that “RCMP Const. Kevin Theriault took an intoxicated woman he had arrested out of a cell and drove her to his northern Manitoba home to pursue a personal relationship.”
Theriault and another officer had arrested the woman at a party back in 2011 according to the report. They placed her in a cell “to sober up” but six hours later Theriault came back, out of uniform, and requested that the woman be released into his custody.
The RCMP report says that he drove the woman to his house in his personal car, while officers taunted him via text message to find out “how far he would go” with his prisoner.
One of these officers even “jokingly made a comment about having a threesome,” according to the report.
One officer said that all of this “wasn’t right.”
But he eventually even conceded: “You arrested her, you can do whatever the f*ck you want to do.”
Once all of this came to light, the Manitoba Grand Chief Derek Nepinak called the incident “a gross abuse of power.”
“They have to hold one another to standards of conduct,” Nepinak said. “We expect to be protected, just as every Canadian expects to be protected by a policing agency.”
He noted that Theriault’s punishment, however, is just a “slap on the wrist,” but did not explain why he was not being punished more harshly.