Know all the facts – the Stacy Bonds case
The Stacy Bonds case has stunned residents of Ottawa. From Premier Dalton McGuinty to Chief Vern White, all have expressed their shock in the videos released by the Ottawa Citizen. But the question remains. What really happened that night when Ottawa Police Officers arrested Stacy Bonds?
Ottawa Citizen writer Gary Dimmock has written a gripping story of what happened to a local Ottawa girl who seemingly was arrested and wrongly roughed up by Ottawa Police officers. In the latest instalment of the story, Mr. Dimmock now introduces the potential racism may have played in the case.
But as readers, we have to be careful not to jump to conclusions. What are all the facts about what happened that night? The tidbits released to date don’t paint a pretty picture but is the picture accurate?
Remember, Mr. Dimmock was the same journalist that got lots of mileage from the Larry O’Brien/ Terry Kilrea legal battle that ended with Mr. O’Brien being totally acquitted of any wrong doing and Mr. Kilrea’s motives being brought into question. That wasn’t the story line Mr. Dimmock implied in his writings.
There are a number of investigations going on to ascertain what actually transpired and were the rules followed. Mr. Dimmock is a good journalist and is doing his job exceptionally well. But it’s our job as the readers to be patient and to wait until all the facts are pieced together to make an accurate judgement.
The accompanying video may be crude but the point is very clear. It was the only video I could find that illustrated the point about jumping to false conclusions. I hope I don’t offend.