Sgt. Patty Neely was a long-serving officer in the RCMP. After the murder of George Floyd in Minnesota by policeman Derek Chauvin and controversial RCMP arrests and shootings of Indigenous people in Canada, Neely took to social media to express her feelings.
The Western Standard is printing her ‘rant’ unedited.
My rant. Feel free to unfriend me.
For 26 years, I was a member of the RCMP.
Although, unlikely, I never promised my children that I would come home, just that they would be ok.
I was hit, punched (and let me tell you, being punched in the ear really hurts), spit upon, cursed, sworn at and threatened, all for doing my job.
I missed Christmas, thanksgiving, birthdays and other milestones because my job didn’t end at 5 pm on Friday afternoon.
I attended fatal collisions, held the hands of injured and dying people, told mothers, fathers, children that someone they loved was dead.
I fought with intoxicated people who felt no pain, I took statements from victims of domestic violence, sex assault, and those who lost their savings to fraudsters.
I attended sudden deaths from infants to the elderly and everything in between.
I attended autopsies of people killed by those who supposedly loved them.
Investigated people murdered for $40 drug debts. I have seen depravity that most people cannot imagine. I have seen unimaginable grief and helped pick up the pieces of those left behind.
I am no longer whole.
Policing takes a part of your soul because no one can leave policing whole. There is too much ugliness that I and all police officers face everyday.
I went to work everyday to do the best job that I could do. Some days were harder than others. Some days I had a sick child or my mother’s death hanging over me.
Some days were rewarding with someone telling you that you made a difference in his or her life. Some days the horrors of yesterday just wouldn’t go away.
I did my duty with patience, respect, authority, and compassion. Now, I am a pariah. My profession, my identity, and my efforts to improve the communities where I worked have been diminished.
I am not Derek Chauvin.
I treated everyone with whom I interacted with respect and decency even when it was hard.
I am not perfect. But I cared. Now, it doesn’t matter. We are all Derek Chauvin in the eyes of the people.
I bleed, I care, I can be broken. I am the RCMP. We all are.
LETTER: Praise for WS work on Spitzer tragedy
“I’m so tired of all the clickbait headlines. The trashy stories.”
Thank you for your well-written article about Nathaneal Spitzer.
I’m so tired of all the clickbait headlines. The trashy stories. The articles written about things that don’t matter. The news forced on readers by those with a bigger/hidden agenda.
In the midst of a tragic time, when there is so much fear and anger swirling around, I’m very thankful to be reminded that there are writers like you that still care and want to fight for truth.
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LETTER: Kenney shouldn’t be given any slack at all
He is the worst example I have seen as a failed politician that I have seen in my seventy years.
I have watched politics all my life and have never seen as an inept performance as Jason Kenny has put on.
He came to Alberta as our conservative saviour. He took over a party with a message that represented a lot of people’s views especially in rural Alberta and then proceeded to ignore the fundamentals of that platform.
Issues such as the Crownest debate on rail movement of grain where Western producers actually were thrown in jail for carrying a bucket full of grain across the Montana border have brought distrust. Trudeau has destroyed in many us the desire to be a part of this joke called Canada.
Kenny apparently was the man to bring these and many more issues to the Canadian public and demand change. In spite of many letters to him to encourage him to do something he has tucked his tail between his legs and completely dropped the ball.
If you are a conservative voter as I am, trying to find any reflection of a conservative values in his policy is hard to do. To those of us who committed time and money to the Wildrose Party much of what he has portrayed is a slap in the face. His treatment of many people during this so-called pandemic is not in the interests of those of us that believe in democracy.
He is the worst example I have seen as a failed politician that I have seen in my seventy years. What a disaster he has been and as far as cutting him slack forget it. He had a clear mandate when he took on his role from the people who put him there. Your wanting to cut him slack is an insult to the Wildrose base who put this incompetent fool in and were betrayed.
Rocky View County, Ab.
LETTER: Quebec is worth the effort
“It’s the first sensible insight that I have seen in a very long time.”
Your article is heartfelt and very impressive.
It’s the first sensible insight that I have seen in a very long time.
If at first, we don’t get far with Quebec, then keep trying. Thanks so much.
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