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‘Boom, right in the crotch:’ Winnipeg officer says colleague pointed gun at her

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WINNIPEG — A female Winnipeg police officer testified Wednesday that a male colleague pointed a shotgun at her groin and said, “Boom, right in the crotch.”

Const. Danielle Prefontaine was in a parking garage at police headquarters after a night shift in May 2016, when she said officer Leroy Gold walked up to her holding a shotgun in one hand. He raised it towards her body — only a few inches away — and threatened her, she said.

“I really still don’t know how to take that. It wasn’t funny,” Prefontaine told court, holding back tears. 

Gold, who is no longer an officer, is on trial on charges of pointing a firearm and uttering threats stemming from two encounters with the female officer.

Prefontaine, a 14-year member of the force, said after the first time she told Gold never to do it again. She also told her partner about what happened, but didn’t immediately report it to superiors.

“I went through a process of ‘I could have died’ to the implication of reporting another officer,” she said.

That November, Prefontaine testified she was on another night shift, writing up a report about items recovered in a break-and-enter investigation.

She leaned back in her chair to stretch when Gold came into the room, once again, holding a shotgun. She told court he put the weapon into her rib cage and said, “I know what you need.”

“I was just kind of frozen,” Prefontaine said. “I had my vest on, but I could feel it against me.”

She reported both incidents to superiors soon after and the professional standards unit investigated.

Gold’s defence lawyer did not get a chance to challenge Prefontaine’s testimony Wednesday. The trial continues Thursday.

Gold, who spent 15 years on the force, was put on unpaid administrative leave and charged in July 2017. Court did not hear details about why he is no longer an officer.

An officer in the professional standards unit testified that she pulled the records of shifts for the time period the allegations happened, as well logs to show whether Gold had signed out a shotgun on the days in question.

On one day, the records showed that Gold’s partner had signed out the gun, despite not being certified to do so.

Defence attorney Richard Wolson questioned the dates and whether the data could be considered accurate.

“Records are only as good as the people who input the information,” Wolson said.

He also asked how no other officers saw what happened, despite it being a busy time at headquarters.

Kelly Geraldine Malone, The Canadian Press

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Video attacking Canada’s response to COVID created by Conservative leadership hopeful is going viral

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This video was posted by MP Erin O’Toole.

The RCAF veteran, and former Minister of Veterans Affairs is running to replace Andrew Scheer and hoping to become Canada’s next Prime Minister.

The video is a scathing review of Canada’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.  It has already been viewed well over half a million times.

From the Facebook page of Erin 0’Toole  

The Truth About COVID-19

➡️ The Chinese regime, the WHO and the Trudeau government DO NOT want people to see this.Let's make sure Canadians see the truth! 👍🇨🇦

Posted by Erin O'Toole on Thursday, May 21, 2020

 

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Captain Jennifer Casey killed in Snowbirds accident

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Captain Jennifer Casey

One Canadian military member killed and one injured in CF Snowbirds accident

Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

One member of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) was killed on Sunday May 17, 2020 and one other member injured in an accident involving a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CT-114 Tutor aircraft in the vicinity of Kamloops, British Columbia.

Killed was Captain Jennifer Casey, the team’s Public Affairs Officer, originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Captain Richard MacDougall, one of the team’s coordinators and pilot of the aircraft, was injured and is being treated for his injuries.

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds were deployed on Operation INSPIRATION, a cross-Canada tour to lift the spirits of Canadians and salute front-line workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time of the accident, the CF Snowbirds were taking off from the airport in Kamloops, British Columbia.

The CAF are providing our members and their families with as much support as possible to help them through this difficult time.

A RCAF Flight Safety team will depart from Ottawa shortly to investigate the circumstances of the accident and will begin their work immediately upon arrival.

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Captain Jenn Casey, CF Snowbirds Public Affairs Officer

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“I was deeply saddened to learn of the loss of one of our Canadian Armed Forces members in a tragic incident involving one of our Snowbirds’ aircraft in Kamloops, British Columbia. I am sending my sincerest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Captain Jenn Casey. I am also wishing a rapid and complete recovery for Captain Richard MacDougall.

Canadians look at the Snowbirds as a source of joy and an exhibition of the incredible feats that our people in uniform are capable of. Operation INSPIRATION was intended to lift the spirit of Canadians at this difficult time and the Snowbirds accomplished their mission. I know that all Canadians grieve this tragic loss.”

The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence.

“Another tragedy has hit our Canadian Armed Forces. The Snowbirds’ Op INSPIRATION brought joy to Canadians across our country. Today, we come together in their time of need. To the family of Captain Jenn Casey we send our condolences, know that she was an inspiration to many and she will be missed. To Captain Richard MacDougall, we wish you a speedy recovery.”

General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff 

“The whole Defence Team family is deeply saddened by the loss of Captain Jenn Casey. Deepest condolences to her loved ones, and to her colleagues in the Snowbirds, the RCAF and her fellow Public Affairs Officers. We also wish Captain Richard MacDougall a steady recovery through these most difficult of times.”

Jody Thomas, Deputy Minister of National Defence

“Today, the RCAF has suffered another tragic loss of a dedicated member of the RCAF team. We grieve alongside Jenn’s family, friends and colleagues and are deeply saddened. Our thoughts also go out to the loved ones of Captain Richard MacDougall. We hope for a swift recovery from his injuries.”

Lieutenant General Al Meinzinger, Commander Royal Canadian Air Force

Quick facts

  • The CT-114 Tutor fleet has been placed on an operational pause and Op INSPIRATION has been delayed indefinitely.
  • Captain Jenn Casey is from Halifax, Nova Scotia. She joined the Canadian Armed Forces in August 2014 as a direct entry officer. Captain Casey joined the Canadian Forces Snowbirds in November 2018.
  • A Flight Safety Investigation will be conducted to ensure our personnel can continue to have confidence in our equipment and procedures. One of the aims of the Flight Safety program is to investigate such occurrences with the objective of quickly identifying effective preventive measures that will either prevent or reduce the risk of similar occurrences in the future.
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