– Benjamin Franklin
Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are
My name is Marina Ray. Police misconduct, negligence, abuse and brutality in Canada ruined my life.
My autobiographical book, The Price of Red Roses: A Memoir of Love, Betrayals and Counselling to Commit Murder, describes how police actions destroyed my life and chronicles my struggle within the Canadian judicial system.
STATISTICS INDICATE INCREASE
IN POLICE NEGLIGENCE & ABUSE
Police forces are of paramount importance in our society. They are the first step within the judicial system to implement the law. Many police officers are truly dedicated to their duties and exemplify the well-known police mandate to serve and protect. They put criminals behind bars and protect the public, sometimes even losing their lives in the service of citizens. There are real heroes among the police. However, statistics indicate a concerning increase in police negligence, abuse, brutality and general misconduct. These types of incidents shake the foundation of our democratic Canadian society, depleting citizens’ trust in and respect for the police. Unfortunately, there are too many officers on the streets right now, whose desire for power and favor lead them to poor policing decisions and actions. These cops must be stopped! They are not only acting unethically; they are destroying peoples’ lives!
ABOUT MARINA RAY
My name is Marina Ray. Police misconduct, negligence, abuse and brutality in Canada ruined my life. My autobiographical book, The Price of Red Roses: A Memoir of Love, Betrayals and Counselling to Commit Murder, describes how police actions destroyed my life and chronicles my struggle within the Canadian judicial system.
I am a conventional refugee. In 1990, I fled to Canada from the USSR’s oppressive communist regime, seeking safety in a democratic society. In each of my encounters with Canadian police over the years, I experienced negligence, racism and a dangerous apathy. Eventually, this culminated in an unfortunate chain of events that completely destroyed my life.
There have been too many disturbing videos on the internet. There have been too many credible lawsuits against the police. (By the way, Canadian citizens are footing the bills for these legal battles.) This should not be occurring in a civilized country like Canada! It’s time to speak out!
Powerful, rushing rivers don’t start from nothing; they are formed by many small creeks merging together. Each of our stories of police victimization, each of our actions to speak out against police misconduct will be the difference! Each small drop is necessary to create a forceful stream that will command the attention of our media and leaders to influence policy, education, and sweeping systemic changes.
The only greater tragedy than what I have already faced is to know that it is happening again and again.
Jail for B-word
Beating a man
Handcuffs for nothing
“Saying nothing, Doing nothing… Stops nothing. If you are neutral in a situation of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor”