LETTER: Officer should be held to higher standard

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!

Re: “Drew Turner’s legal fees grow”

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

Just Posted

New Nelson councillors reassure voters: living outside city not a problem

Nelson’s new council has only two women and one incumbent

VIDEO: Nelson’s Mia Noblet sets new world record in highline

Noblet now owns the women’s and men’s record

Nelson Curling Club’s refrigeration plant in need of repairs

The club wants the RDCK to take over the plant’s operations

Salmo woman in need of third liver transplant

An event Saturday raised $1,500 for Shelby Gielen

RDCK approves loan request to remediate Salmo tailings site

The H.B. Mine tailings pond poses a risk of toxic contamination

‘She’s charging. Oh God’: Mama grizzly runs at B.C. man armed with shotgun

People online were quick to question – and defend – a man’s decision to shoot a grizzly bear charging him on a Bella Coola front yard

Canada announces $20M fund for women entrepreneurs

New federal program will provide up to $100,000 for female business owners to grow their operations

Vancouver Island man claims falling ice smashed his truck windshield

Man discovered volleyball-sized chunk ice on his truck Saturday, near Nanaimo, B.C.

B.C. veteran combats PTSD in the ring and on the farm

Cam Tetrault is a valuable contributor at Quesnel’s Two Rivers Boxing Club

B.C. vegan butcher to appear on Dragons’ Den

Victoria’s Very Good Butchers will star in Nov. 29 episode

Fast ferries from B.C. spotted in Egypt

Controversial aluminum BC Ferries vessels ’big white elephants covered in dust,’ eyewitness says

Canadian troops, families take shelter in hotel after Florida hurricane

Most of the Canadians were evacuated from the military base before Hurricane Michael

B.C. jury trial hears police-sting audio of man accused of killing girl, 12

Garry Handlen has pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder of Monica Jack on May 6, 1978.

5 tips to keep trick-or-treaters safe this Halloween

BC Children’s Hospital has a few suggestions to keep Oct. 31 fun

Most Read