The announced retirement of Police Inspector David Doel is the gasoline tossed on to the inferno of outrage about the Police Services Act Hearing into charges brought against him.
The allegations against Doel are serious but we’ll never know if he is guilty or not guilty because Doel’s reitirement effectively ends the Hearing.
Doel has been suspended with pay since the charges were laid four years ago and has collected over $500,000 in salary in that time.
It should be noted that Ontario is the only province in Canada that mandates that police officers under suspension receive full pay.
Under those circumstances, it’s in the accused’s best interest to delay proceedings as long as possible and that’s what happened here.
Doel’s lawyer was able to rag the puck for four years through a series of legal delays as his client continued to draw full pay and inch ever closer to retirement and his pension.
We can’t pass judgement on the charges against Doel, but we can and we should condemn the Police Service Act Hearing protocol.
It is a complete sham.
Justice delayed is justice denied and the injured party here are the taxpayers who must foot the bill for this farce .
Let this case serve as a shining example of why the Province must overhaul this unfair and abuse-ridden system.