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POLICE OFFICERS AT SCENE OF DOUBLE HOMICIDE (PHOTO JGJ)
POLICE OFFICERS AT SCENE OF DOUBLE HOMICIDE (PHOTO JGJ)

The Police Insider (TPI) is an independent news source designed to provide readers with an “inside” look at law enforcement, crime & justice issues and breaking news stories in the violent crime and murder capital of Canada.

Managing Editor, James G Jewell, comes to The Police Insider with over twenty-six (26) years experience in law enforcement (1987 – 2013) that includes working over eighteen (18) years as a plain clothes Detective.  Investigative assignments included terms in Undercover Narcotics, Break & Enter Squad, Robbery Squad, Organized Crime Unit, Major Crimes Unit and the Homicide Unit, where he worked on over two-hundred (200) murder cases.

In 2011, Jewell completed his second year as WPS Homicide Unit Supervisor when he came into conflict with upper Police Management after challenging a transfer policy that would force two (2) dedicated investigators out of the Unit.

That challenge resulted in a blindside transfer to a desk job in a Uniform Patrol Division.  Never one to shy away from a fight, Jewell filed a grievance against the WPS alleging the transfer was punitive in purpose or effect.  He subsequently won a public Labour Arbitration Hearing that was extremely critical of high ranking members of the Police Service.

After “officially” retiring from the Police Service in 2013, Jewell plunged into the world of journalism and became an avid blogger (The Power of Words – 2012) and a frequent contributor to the Winnipeg Free Press.  The Police Insider has been a frequent guest on local radio, news and television programs.

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  1. Darrell;

    As always, I very much appreciate you comments.

    I wish more people could be as rational and respectful in their contemplation of issues that impact our society.

  2. Whither Justice

    I don’t know why people keep looking for justice from the legal system.

    There is no justice to be had.

    Justice is in the ether. It’s an existential concept and an aspiration at best. We have a legal system, not a justice system. It’s a system of laws we have and any justice will, like beauty, be entirely subjective and realized only in the eye of the beholder that the adjudication at hand has favoured. All we can hope for is a fair and balanced application of the laws. If the laws are insufficient, then we have a system of government to change them, and centuries of jurisprudence to inform us.

    The bar to lay charges, criminal court procedures, rules of evidence, jury constitution and the ultimate burden of proof required for conviction are all dictums that issue forth from Blackstone’s Ratio (English jurist William Blackstone in the seminal work, Commentaries on the Laws of England, published in the 1760s)

    “All presumptive evidence of felony should be admitted cautiously; for the law holds it better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent party suffer.”

    The history of wrongful convictions under our laws, in this country, should be ample to persuade us why this needs to be so.

    In this case, Stanley was tried by a jury of his peers, and found not guilty. And how that jury was constructed was a result of Blackstone’s ’tilted table’ and the tool of peremptory challenge, which serves both the accuser and the accused.

    Politicians ought to approach any levelling of the table with the greatest trepidation, for it is only the system of laws, however flawed, and their rigorous application that stands between any one of us, on any given day, and the angry mob.

    It’s very, very hard to convict someone of murder, and it should be, it needs to be.

    Ask Steven Truscott, or David Milgaard.

    Darrell Horn
    (bibosus)

  3. bibosus
    What your wrote, for whatever it’s worth is so intimately genuine and truly inspiring in spite of the many very difficult situations you had to deal with. What you wrote is incredibly compassionate, honest and I believe needs to be shared with more people. Thank you for what you wrote. If you ever get this I hope you’re in a place of peace. The very best to you.

  4. With the announcement of the new police board appointments today, there was a lot of online chatter. Some of it I find truly disturbing. This is what I think. When I hear people condemning cops, as if they were all one evil species, I remember when I was younger, flying endless hours with them in the north, searching for the lost. I remember my dear friend Jim, risking his life diving deep in Lake Superior to recover a dead body and bring closure to a family. And doing it again and again. I remember a young cop, a guy as young as me attending a fatal car vs pedestrian accident I witnessed and how he swallowed deep and bent down to try and find a pulse on a woman so obviously dead and then how he turned to comfort me. I remember who we called when my daughter disappeared in a crowded mall and how they found her and how I felt when they returned her to my arms. I remember them at my door late at night with the news of sudden death and their compassion. I remember how they kept me safe from myself when I wanted to die even though I lashed out at them and how they took me for help, with kindness. And how they came to the hospital the next day just to see how I was doing. I think today of the only ones who stand without question or hesitation, day in and day out, between us and those that would do the ones I love harm. And how sometimes they die to keep us safe. And the other prices they pay in the course of that service. Please think about these things the next time you feel the urge to hate police. They’re not all bad, they’re not all good. They’re just people and they have a hell of a job to do.

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