“A true-life whodunit!” – Judge Wallace Craig, retired
“This book is a must-read for every police officer!” – Howard Burns, president, Calgary Police Association
“This book is a valuable story for all police officers to read. It shows the importance of a thorough investigation and note taking. It also speaks to how badly things can go when political interference and public pressure can take over and cause ‘tunnel vision” in an investigation.’” -John Orr, Director, Calgary Police Association
““Public inquiries are not well-suited to allow accused parties to meaningfully defend themselves. While these inquiries may vindicate certain social goals, the truth usually emerges as the biggest casualty.” – Dr. Moin Yahya, Vice Dean, Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta, speaking at the Edmonton launch of When Police Become Prey
“The best new book of 2016!” – William Nichol, Director, Canadian Justice Review Board
When Police Become Prey
This site is dedicated to the Saskatchewan police officers whose lives have been cruelly derailed by “tunnel vision” justice.
THE COLD, HARD FACTS OF NEIL STONECHILD’S FREEZING DEATH: In November 1990, Saskatoon teenager Neil Stonechild froze to death. Eleven years later, his body was disinterred for forensic testing. The RCMP and a public inquiry pointed fingers at two police officers, Constables Brad Senger and Larry Hartwig, as somehow having been involved in his death. Is it possible that, because an Aboriginal youth had frozen to death, and an activist organization of elected chiefs called the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations was trying to find someone to blame, the chiefs must be appeased at all cost?
Why Read This Book?
At the news conference November 24, 2015, disgraced officer Larry Hartwig spoke about the “investigation” into Neil Stonechild’s death, explaining the timeline of events that would have had to have occurred in order for Jason Roy’s allegation to be true. Some of these events were ignored by those acting on behalf of “justice.” Media sources present all agreed it was impossible for Hartwig and Senger to have encountered Neil Stonechild and beat him up within the 7-minute time frame critical to this case, yet ignored by RCMP, Public Inquiry and subsequent hearings. If the officers could not have encountered him and beat him up, then it is also impossible for the other alleged events to have occurred that evening. In a similar fashion, the alleged “handcuff” marks can just as easily be disproven.
What does this say about the RCMP who spend 3 years “investigating” this case? What does this say about their exclusion of critical evidence? What does this say about our “justice” system that was willing to sacrifice two well-respected police officers known for their strong moral and ethical values? Using a Public Inquiry as a substitute for a trial? One where the “suspects” have no ability to call evidence, defend themselves, and no way to clear their names? Such a justice system corrupts the very principles that the law is supposed to be based upon.
Nobody is disputing the fact that a young man, Neil Stonechild, lost his life tragically. What these officers are disputing is that they were the ones involved. There was never enough evidence to convict them, and they want their story and their voices to be heard.
I’m 100% in agreement with Stan Goertzen. The reality is that criminal charges were never pressed against either officer, since much of the testimony by witnesses was undependable, and kept changing in court. The fact is, these officers were dismissed from their jobs, but were never charged, nor were they found guilty. That is an undisputable fact.
Ask yourself this question: Why would these officers want to clear their names, after 11 years?
If this is a fair and just society, and if someone has been wrongly accused, it is our obligation as a society to reopen and re-examine this case, in case there has been a miscarriage of justice. If you were unjustly treated or wrongly accused, you would want the same.
When Police Become Prey Documentary Trailer: What Lies Behind ‘Starlight Tours’
Starlight tour documentary raises questions
Besides the book about Neil Stonechild, journalist Candis McLean worked for several years producing an explosive documentary, When Police Become Prey, which gathered rave reviews. It explores the plight of fired Saskatoon officers Ken Munson and Dan Hatchen and their descent into hell as they entered prison as the officers who dropped off Darrell Night, who got home safely.
2 BOOKS, A FILM DOCUMENTARY AND A RADIO PLAY
Book 1 AVAILABLE NOW
WHEN POLICE BECOME PREY: THE COLD, HARD FACTS OF NEIL STONECHILD’S FREEZING DEATH
Book 2 – Coming Soon
WHEN POLICE BECOME PREY: CHIEF DAVE SCOTT AND THE CRISIS IN POLITICALLY-CORRECT JUSTICE
90 minute Film Documentary AVAILABLE NOW
WHEN POLICE BECOME PREY: WHAT LIES BEHIND STARLIGHT TOURS
55 minute Radio Play AVAILABLE NOW
THROWN TO THE WOLVES: JUSTICE DENIED BY STONECHILD INQUIRY?
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