The Abbotsford Police aren’t insensitive to homeless people … it’s the lawyers who represent them they don’t like.
That appears to be the position of the Abbotsford Police Department (APD) about emails revealed August 15 on Abbotsford Today which show Chief Constable Bob Rich asking if others can please send some funny email responses to the notice of a class action suit on behalf of Abbotsford homeless:
“Let us know if you think of something funny! (Please)”
Officers, like Deputy Chief Rick Lucy, Len Goerke and Ian MacDonald responded with statements like:
“I will freely range hunting and pecking for something you can cluck about.”
“A new cackle to the Fraser Valley’s agribusiness. Shall I continue to put your funny bones on the chopping block?”
“Can’t make this sh#* up.”
“Really, I mean if you think about it, its (sic) a chicken shit story for sure.”
Const. Ian MacDonald told the Abbotsford News, which reported on the emails six days later on August 21, “The emails, in context, occurred over a month after the manure dump and are not directed at homeless people … They were directed at a lawsuit, not the Pivot claim.”
MacDonald told the News those like Pastor Ward Draper of The 5 and 2 Ministries who are saying the emails are insensitive to the homeless are taking them out of contex.
It’s lawyers you were making fun of.
To read the original report from Abbotsford Today on August 15 about the APD emails click here.
To read Pastor Drapers column on the emails click here.
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