Thursday, January 04, 2007

On Apologies, Weaseling Out Of

RCMP apologizes for holding suspect naked
Last Updated: Wednesday, January 3, 2007 | 8:45 AM NT
CBC News

Police in Labrador have apologized to a woman who was held naked in a lockup for two days last winter, and have disciplined an officer for mistreating her.

No, they haven't apologized. Behold the full glorious text of this supposed apology:

"I'm sorry she felt that she was mistreated in any way or put through any undue hardship, but certainly there was no intent," [RCMP Insp. Greg] Bursey said.

"I'm satisfied that within reason that it shouldn't happen again."

First of all, there's the issue of "I'm sorry she felt that she was mistreated." Um, yes, if one was held naked in a jail cell, without even a blanket for the first 16 hours, after a doctor had recommended that one be admitted to hospital, one would tend feel a little bit put upon. Note that the officer did not, in fact, apologize for holding her for two days in jail without clothes.

Secondly, let us turn our attention to "certainly there was no intent." What, this was a fucking accident?

Lastly, we have "within reason... it shouldn't happen again." Soooooooo, um, sticking Inuit women in jail cells for extended periods without clothing is now only going to happen a reasonable amount of the time? What the fuck?

End Rant.

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