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A language blogger examines the now notorious tirade of Constable 728 and the variety of her curse words. Voir has put up the sound file to encourage remixes. And the police service is beginning to wash their hands.
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They love getting an individual like this. Perfect scapegoat so they don’t have to address the deep cultural problems that exist in the police force.
To me this appears to be symptomatic of either a person who is burnt out (and they should have sent her for treatment a long time ago) or someone who is in the wrong job and they made a mistake at the time of hiring. In either case a bit of empathy for the person instead of bullying her might go a long way to solve the problems.
She’s an interesting case. As a woman she’s not a conventional or predictable police bully, and in this recent adventure she’s harassing and badmouthing not the visible minorities you’d expect, but fellow Québécois whom she despises for being bohemians, “plateaunien de nowhere.”
I feel an urge to ask her what categories of people she does not despise.
Again, this is not an individual problem, but a cultural one amongst the Sureté (and the Montreal police force, though they are a bit better).
@Ephraim oh of course, you’re right, we should totally empathise with this power-tripping freakshow who obviously hates the citizenry she’s pledged to serve and protect. She is clearly an innocent victim of circumstance. Poor wee thing, how could she have done otherwise?
The police chief has apologized for 728′s actions. I wonder whether she understands what she’s done wrong.
walkerp, yes, I think the point here is that 728 is not unusual, and she seemed to expect that her tirade would be accepted without comment by whoever she was speaking to. And while I’d expect people in the police services to use a certain amount of argot among themselves, it can’t be good if police routinely and openly despise everybody.
Interesting the rant about “Plateauniennes”… reminds me of the fact that almost none of the SPVM actually live in Montreal, they are all suburbanites.
I’ve often wondered about that, do you have any links or stats? Suburban mistrust of the big smoke would certainly explain a lot of the SPVM hostility toward Montreal folk.
80% des policiers et des pompiers vivent hors de Montréal
(how do we make links here?)
Links are made in the normal html syntax but there’s a catch: comments with links have to be approved. So if you comment with a link, you won’t see it till I say OK. (It’s a safeguard against comment spam.)
I turned your link above into a proper link, which I’ve been doing generally because sometimes media URLs run so long I get horizontal scrollbars, which are horrible.
@Chris 80% ? Wow, that’s kind of depressing.
Other cities require public servants to live in the local area. It would be interesting if Montreal floated this idea, or . . . did something that lowered the financial burden of living in the city, subsidising it somehow.
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