6 apr 1928 and start of Fletcher's campaign against police corruption

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6 apr 1928 and start of Fletcher's campaign against police corruption - FRAUD CHARGED TO VANCOUVER POLICE OFFICIALS...
FRAUD CHARGED TO VANCOUVER POLICE OFFICIALS Morality Squad Accused By Commissioner Investigation Investigation Demanded BITTER DEBATE CROPS OUT AT CONFERENCE Gambling Declared Carried on Openly Mayor Under Fire at Session (By Canadian Press) VANCOUVER, B.C., April 6 Corruption in the Vancouver police force was charged by Commissioner T. XV. Fletcher here, when he notified the police commission that he was in possession of six affidavits, which declared that money had been paid prominent officials of the city's force. Suspension of the Vancouver Vancouver morality squad was demanded demanded by the commissioner. After a heated discussion, the commit skm rejected the proposal that a royal commission be ap-. ap-. ap-. pointed to Investigate the charges of alleged corruption and fraud. Debate Waxes Bitter Mayor L. D. Tiiylor and Alderman .1. A. Garbutt opposed the suggestion, suggestion, taking Issue with Mr. Fletcher. Considerable feeling ' developed when Commissioner Fletcher notified notified the commission that he would not submit his evidence to that tribunal because he did not have confidence In Mayor Taylor. Mayor Taylor replied by declaring declaring that Mr. Fletcher's usefulness on the commission bad ended, and that be should resign. Compromise Suggested A compromise plan was suggested by Alderman C.arbutt, whereby evidence might be submitted to a tribunal composed of three members, members, but when Commissioner Fletcher nominated C. (. McGeer, K.C., as his choice on the trihunai. Mayor Taylor took derided objection objection on the ground that Mr. McGeer McGeer was Mr. Fletcher's own private private solicitor. After considerable discussion, the meeting was In a deadlock. "I propose to place the information information which has been given to me before the attorney-general attorney-general attorney-general with a request that a royal commission be appointed to carry on an investigation, investigation, regardless of what action our board takes today," Commissioner Fletcher declared. Illegalities Charged "Information has been given to me from time to time of improper action on the1 part of certain police officers. I have, to the best of my ability, Investigated these charges, and from these Investigations have found there are a large number of police carrying on illegal activities activities that cannot, be but known t6 the police organisation of this city," the commissioner continued. "The conduct of disorderly houses, gambling and bookmaking of various various kinds Is being carried on openlyto openlyto such an extent that I can only conclude the police organization organization Is either incompetent to deal with the situation or Is corruptly permitting these practices to continue." continue." to at transmitter In of a In

Clipped from The Winnipeg Tribune06 Apr 1928, FriPage 1

The Winnipeg Tribune (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)06 Apr 1928, FriPage 1
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