Safe to say that Ottawa-Vanier MPP Nathalie Des Rosiers, were she writing her own tweets, would not have called an Ottawa police officer a murderer before his trial. Particularly given that he hasn’t been charged with murder.
With Des Rosiers’ extensive legal background she would know that a judge would be mightily disappointed if she had convicted the officer before the trial began. If the trial were on right now, you can be assured that Des Rosiers would be standing in front of a judge saying “Your Honour” as nicely as possible and apologizing for the bad mistake.
This is a more serious error than your average garden-variety screw-up. The Abdirahman Abdi case, where a black man died in an incident with police, rocked Ottawa to its core. The multi-cultural community is concerned about its safety and its treatment by Ottawa police. Rank-and-file police officers have shown considerable support to one of their own … Const. Daniel Montsion who is charged with manslaughter and aggravated assault. Fortunately his trial does not occur until 2019 so this Des Rosiers incident might well be forgotten by most then.
Both the multi-cultural community, the courts and law enforcement officials (and in fact the public at large) are very concerned that Montsion gets a fair trial, no special privileges as a police officer and that, at the end of it all, justice has been served. The Abdi case has implications far beyond the death of one man.
So a local MPP’s assistant makes a grievous mistake. Of course the charges have not been proven in court. In fact, the case is nowhere near going to court.
This is a MPP’s office. Des Rosiers is responsible for voting on legislation that becomes law. Her office has interfered in the course of justice. Des Rosiers quickly said her assistant wrote the offending tweet. But isn’t the MPP responsible for the actions of her staff? Should she not have stood up and said I’m responsible for what happens in my office because these people work for me? Instead she throws the assistant under a bus.
Des Rosiers’ office has created a terrible situation with that tweet. It doesn’t help in the pursuit of justice or good multi-cultural relations.
Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne must see that justice is done because of this mistake. Her star rookie MPP must be sanctioned in some way because this is a very serious breach of fairness and commonsense.
The assistant works for Des Rosiers. Des Rosiers should have had broad shoulders and taken responsibility for the actions of her office. The assistant is hers.
Wynne must make a point of seeing that Des Rosiers is reprimanded in some way publicly so that the government defends the right to a fair trial.
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