The fact that Cst. Drew Turner is still on paid leave and may have his legal fees covered by the City of Nelson is absolutely ridiculous!
As a social worker I am expected to have a clean criminal record because of my exposure to vulnerable populations. Why is it that a police officer is not held to the same expectation, especially when police hold so much power over people?
I also think this violent assault, committed by Cst. Turner towards a woman, is an example of how violence against women is not deemed a serious societal problem given that he has not yet been and perhaps never will be dismissed from his position. I do not understand why this officer is even given the privilege of an internal investigation when he was convicted of a violent crime by the courts.
I also think it is terrible that the internal investigation conducted by the complaints commissioner is not made public. The public has a right to know what is going on when an officer is convicted of a violent crime against someone that they have so much power over.
I am deeply disappointed this man is given so many chances to continue to profit from my taxes when he has been convicted of a violent crime and is not held to the same expectations other professionals who work with vulnerable populations are.
Mandy Root, Nelson