Quesnel, RCMP, Corruption: The Lonnie Landrud Story
by Arthur Topham
Quesnel Cariboo Sentinel
December 16, 2011
Corruption, particularly corruption within police forces, be they city police or Canada's Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), is not a new phenomenon. Neither is corruption within Canada's judiciary system be it at the provincial or federal levels. Most people realize this who have ever had dealings with either of these two branches of government.
And coupled with corruption of course is the vital need for cover-up, be it by those working within the various spheres of deviant behaviour, such as the police themselves or the court system or, failing that, analagous channels normally (or once normally) understood to be sources of unbiased news and information. Here I refer to the mainstream media (msm) whose job it traditionally was to investigate criminal activities of all types and expose it for the greater good of society.
In British Columbia over the past number of years the RCMP have done a bang up job of heaping ignominy and shame upon their once highly regarded repuatation within policing agencies around the world. It's not my intent though in this article to go into the numerous cases which illustrate this fact but rather to focus on one particular, highly contentious example that up to this point has failed to recieve the press and the attention that I believe it is due. I am referring to the startling and almost unbelievable experience of Mr. Lonnie Lundrud which is now being presented by the QC Sentinel for readers viewing and consideration.
What was most amazing for me when I first viewed this short 7-Part series was the fact that the story had occurred right in my own backyard so to speak and still I hadn't become aware of it until close to 5 years later after the video interview with Mr. Landrud was first put up on YouTube. On top of that I had been in the publishing business myself for about an additional 5 more years prior to the recording of the events. Strange indeed.
Stranger still, when I began to check into some of the bizarre occurrences, was the fact that I once had dealings with one of the murdered RCMP officers, Bev Hosker, who back in 1997 was involved in aspects of my personal life while I was still a school teacher for the Quesnel School District #28. Those events are recorded within the archives of the Quesnel Cariboo Observer's letters section.
The question arose in my mind when I was watching the videos just why so few people had actually viewed them over the past five years. Given their content plus the fact that the RCMP have been in the news for years now thanks to their illegal and increasingly abberent behaviour toward the public, I found it mindboggling that on average less than two thousand views of the full seven parts had taken place over this period of time.
Having investigated similar stories of corruption in the past I felt that this story needed some added impetus to bring it further out of the shadows and into the clear light of public awareness. It's definitely not a Christmas story and I apologize to those who might feel that the timing is inappropriate. But, should truth prevail and this issue be finally resolved it just could be concievably a gift to those adversely affected by it for so long now.
A note to readers regarding the images in this article. They are just screen shots of the YouTubes. To watch the actual videos please click on the highlighted url above each of the images. As well if you feel this story should be available to more people please send it to your friends and associates.
Does B.C. Cabinet Corruption Continue – With “A Yankee Fix”?
By Robin Mathews
December 09, 2011
The search, Christy Clark says, in the government propaganda video, was “extensive”. It wasn’t. An “extensive” search was made, she says, for an independent police monitor for B.C. He may be called a Chief Civilian Director for Independent Investigations of police misdoings.
Then Premier Christy Clark and Attorney General Shirley Bond - in the same propaganda video - modify the statement to say appointee Richard Rosenthal will deal with “some” police misdoings – explicitly, deaths allegedly caused by police, and/or the use of physical violence. Some time later … much later … he might get to other things.
Other things? Well, he might get to police collaboration with Special Prosecutors appointed by the Attorney General to destroy, to bury, or to fabricate evidence on behalf of cabinet members and their corporate friends. He might get to the refusal of the RCMP (as top B.C. RCMP officer Gary Bass refused) to act on formal requests to investigate alleged criminal actions by members of the cabinet (including then premier Gordon Campbell).
But he probably won’t get to those things … at all.
In fact, Richard Rosenthal is instructed, he is ordered, he is PAID – not to look at any police misdoings before December 7, 2011. Richard Rosenthal has agreed to those terms, throwing both his credibility and his integrity into doubt from Day One.