Crime & Punishment

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Cops do it right despite criticism

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In the week since Graham McMynn was abducted the Vancouver Police threw every resource possible at the investigation. The stated “24” investigators working on the case cited in the media reports was thrown out by police as a number, but was no indicator of the actual police resources utilized in this very challenging investigation.

A hint of what really went on came on Wednesday morning when over 100 officers mustered in a Vancouver armoury to get briefed on the plan to rescue the young man.

During that week as well, the police were hampered in their efforts by some elements of the broadcast news media who simply would not do as they were asked and refused to “blackout” the story so the police could do their job. With a kidnap victim’s life hanging in the balance, one has to question the judgment in those newsrooms.

But the story that really stuck in my craw was the piece done by CTV’s Lisa Rossington when she “tracked down” the rental car used by the kidnappers to abduct McMynn.

Rossington spoke to someone in the car lot office who said the police had not contacted them, implying that somehow the police were incompetent.

Given that the girlfriend of the victim was present at the time of the abduction and was the one who gave them the information about the vehicle, did Rossington really believe that the police wouldn’t have followed up on their only solid lead from the get-go? It strains credulity well past the breaking point to even contemplate such a notion a week into the kidnapping.

And, let’s face it, saying that on the six o’clock news sends an entirely contradictory message to the kidnappers than what the police and the family were trying to get out which was to get the kidnappers to make contact. And in this, she placed McMynn’s life in further danger.

The Vancouver Police proved all the doubters and armchair quarterbacks wrong. They conducted an effective, successful investigation in the most trying of circumstances in the desperate attempt to save an innocent life.

The media and the police both have their role to play in a democratic society. Those roles need not always be at odds with each other. Especially when lives are at stake.

Leo Knight


Written by Leo Knight

April 14, 2006 at 10:06 pm

Posted in Crime & Punishment

4 Responses

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  1. To VPD: a job well done. Very, very well done.


    April 15, 2006 at 12:17 am

  2. Both Channel 9 and CKWX are tragic examples of what some media outlets in this city have sunk to. Incompetent, unprofessional, unethical, and most of all LAZY. Take their stories from other outlets that have done the digging and make the rest up.


    April 16, 2006 at 1:12 am

  3. VPD has gone a long way to restoring public confidence in policing in the handling of this case. Kudos to you! A job very well done!


    April 18, 2006 at 5:39 pm

  4. I am wondering what the laws for Voyeurism are in canada? Have there been court cases? What was the punishment? What can I do for myself as a victim? What are my rights and his rights?


    August 10, 2006 at 8:23 pm

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