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

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