Meet the people who supposedly
keep B.C. cops accountable
Stan T. Lowe
and his crooked crew
They run British Columbia’s Office of the
Police Complaint Commissioner but they’re
the most obviously corrupt people in B.C.
This website focuses on B.C.’s Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner, by far the least scrutinized of the province’s three police oversight agencies and B.C.’s most obviously corrupt public agency. Legislation allows the OPCC’s unscrupulous staff to work in near secrecy and with zero accountability. Yet there’s absolutely no impetus to change this status quo. The OPCC benefits from B.C.’s ethically corrupt political parties and legal establishment, collaborationist activists and gutless media.
Victoria police chief Frank Elsner’s sexual impropriety
benefited from a Stan Lowe cover-up for three months.
The police complaint commissioner refused to carry out his
Police Act responsibilities until after media reported Elsner’s behaviour.
When Vancouver police constable Taylor Robinson shoved a disabled woman to the sidewalk for no reason,
the VPD conducted a cover-up that lasted over six weeks. Stan Lowe took part in the VPD cover-up.
As in the Elsner case, belated media exposure forced Lowe to call an investigation into Robinson.
Of course Lowe refuses to call an investigation into the VPD cover-up, in which he colluded.
Lowe’s staff, including deputy police complaint commissioner Rollie Woods, OPCC investigative analyst
Andrea Spindler and OPCC admissibility analyst Anthony Parker, continue to lie about the case.
(Click the photo to see Robinson’s actions.)
Stan Lowe helped New Westminster Police cover up
the case of constable Sukhwinder “Vinnie” Singh Dosanjh.
Lowe refused to call a public hearing despite numerous highly disturbing charges,
including assault and firearms offences, and despite the enormous leniency granted to the cop.
At the same time, deputy police complaint commissioner Rollie Woods praised
the New West force for its supposed transparency, discipline and accountability.
Paul Boyd was shot several times while crawling on the ground by Vancouver police
constable Lee Chipperfield. Stan Lowe and his ex-cops then hired a self-proclaimed police psychologist
named Bill Lewinski, knowing in advance that he always sides with police. Lowe concluded that
Lewinskis opinionated rationale reasonably explained why Chipperfield
repeatedly shot the crawling man.
What kind of characters run the OPCC?
Since its inception, B.C.s Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner has been run
by disreputable establishment lawyers Don Morrison, Dirk Ryneveld and
Stan Lowe who have all made big money covering up for cops.
As a Crown attorney and member of the Criminal Justice Branch executive management,
Stan Lowe took part in the unanimous decision to exonerate the four RCMP officers
involved in Robert Dziekanskis death. Lowe stated emphatically that
the five Taser shocks and other brutal treatment inflicted on Dziekanski
were reasonable and necessary. One week later Lowe was appointed
B.C.s police complaint commissioner.
Former B.C. deputy police complaint commissioner and ex-RCMP officer
Bruce M. Brown was so complacent that he didnt bother to read complaints
against cops. He just skimmed them quickly before writing almost unbelievably sloppy
and dishonest decisions that claimed the cops were always right. He got away with it
because his equally corrupt boss, Dirk Ryneveld, fully supported him. Like all OPCC staff,
neither of them answered to the provincial Ombudsperson or anyone else.
Deputy police complaint commissioner Rollie Woods set up a
lucrative retirement sinecure while conducting cover-ups on behalf of the
Vancouver Police Departments oddly named Professional Standards unit.
Under his direction, VPD investigators set out in advance to find the police
100-per-cent right and complainants or victims 100-per-cent wrong, smeared complainants,
interviewed complainants only at the end of investigations, conducted witness-tampering
and lied about the Criminal Code. Woods’ cover-ups were then rubber-stamped by the OPCC.
Stan Lowe hired and promoted this repugnant liar, ensuring
a dishonest cop culture prevails at the OPCC.
OPCC lying hardly stops there. OPCC investigative analyst Andrea Spindler and OPCC admissibility analyst Anthony Parker have also contributed to the Taylor Robinson cover-up. Other OPCC staff must be embroiled too, if there are no whistleblowers. Because legislation allows the OPCC to work in near secrecy and with zero accountability, we don’t know how many other cases have been covered up, unfairly dismissed or treated with unjustifiable leniency.
How do Stan Lowe and his crew of ex-cops get away with this?
It takes an ethically corrupt political and legal establishment, along with uber-ambitious faux activists, to prop up something like the OPCC. It also takes an awful lot of lying. A compliant media doesn’t hurt, either.
For several years, the BC Liberals and NDP have agreed wholeheartedly on every aspect of police accountability.
They’ve sunk to dishonest, even ridiculous, depths to support the cop status quo. The names of the politicians change,
but their support for the cop status quo remains consistent. The unanimity of two otherwise warring political parties
suggests the influence of a powerful police lobby.
Defending Stan Lowe’s cover-up of VPD constable Taylor Robinson, Law Society of British Columbia
staff lawyer Beverly Gallagher lied on Lowe’s behalf. Her supervisor, Katherine Crosby, fully and
unconditionally supported Gallagher’s blatant dishonesty.
B.C. Civil Liberties executive director Josh Paterson knows about the Taylor Robinson cover-up.
He apparently also knows the government doesn’t give you a social justice paycheque
for taking a stand on this issue. The establishment lapdog and his BCCLA lap-puppies will not
criticize B.C.’s system of police accountability, let alone the corruption it encourages.
Like their intrepidly challenged leader Josh Paterson, BCCLA faux activists Jason Gratl
and Robert Holmes refuse to speak out on OPCC corruption. They’ve also repeatedly praised
creating an inadequate Independent Investigations Office and liars like so many
others in B.C.’s justice con game dishonestly claim the IIO marks the end of police self-investigation.
The conclusion is unavoidable they do so to further their establishment ambitions.
Poverty pimp lawyer Douglas King of the Pivot Legal Society sells out his clients
for his establishment ambitions. While representing Michael Vann Hubbard’s family,
King absolved Vancouver police constable Estilize Wicks for her cowardly shooting
of the frail, elderly man. While representing Sandy Davidsen, King praised B.C. police
complaint commissioner Stan Lowe, even though Lowe helped VPD Professional Standards
cover up constable Taylor Robinson’s assault on King’s client.
B.C.’s media rarely publish anything but favourable coverage about the OPCC,
most of it driven by the OPCC itself or its supporters. Just one example was the media’s consistently
superficial coverage of the auditor general’s obvious whitewash. That contrasts starkly with largely
negative coverage of B.C.’s Independent Investigations Office, most of it driven by police interests.
Additionally, B.C.’s media treat lying OPCC ex-cop Rollie Woods as a credible news source,
even when he treats journalists like compliant stooges. Here are two examples.
The first highlighted paragraph in this Rollie Woods letter to the Victoria Times Colonist
is highly misleading. Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson rejected Stan Lowe’s excuses for
his lengthy delay in ordering an investigation into Elsner. The second is an outright lie.
The public hearing into VPD constable Taylor Robinson’s assault on Sandy Davidsen
didn’t even address how Vancouver police handled the matter.
Woods also lied — again, very blatantly — in this letter to the Georgia Straight. Apart from
Woods’ usual obfuscation and misleading remarks, there’s absolutely no truth to his claim
that Stan Lowe ordered an inquiry into the way Vancouver police handled Taylor Robinson’s
assault on Sandy Davidsen. Yet the Straight continues to treat Woods as a credible news source.
Repugnant lying ex-cop Rollie Woods speaks for — and therefore lies for — Stan Lowe.
That makes B.C.’s police complaint commissioner, a prominent member of the province’s
legal establishment and an independent officer of the legislature, a repugnant liar himself.