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Francis pleaded guilty to two counts of assaulting fellow officers and one count of breaching an undertaking to not possess or consume alcohol and non-prescription drugs.
"Ronnie's whole goal was never smoking marijuana," said Burke. "It was about bringing to light that the RCMP was not providing adequate services to its officers that suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.
originally posted by: the2ofusr1
He was Native and that may have had more to do with him not progressing through the ranks . a reply to: groingrinder
originally posted by: JiggyPotamus
Are there people who do not believe that PTSD, or some form thereof, exists? That is news to me. Even looking back to the historical record we find certain evidence for mental instability with those who participated in war. Especially accounts from the pre-gunpowder era, or fights where hand to hand combat was more common. To be right in the face of your enemy, and to take the lives of multiple individuals in such a manner will do something to most people, even if society has made such acts acceptable. I mean we have soldiers with PTSD whose combat experience was very limited in comparison, so I can only imagine what things were like for the soldiers of different times. I use the examples of soldiers because it seems they are the most likely to have such a condition, given the nature of their work.
My point was only that I cannot understand how anyone could not accept that combat and other horrific experiences will traumatize people to a certain extent. Now to the topic at hand. I think that the scorn shown for this man was unacceptable, and it likely did him psychological harm. The only criticism that I feel would have been warranted was to question his ability to serve as an officer while suffering from such a condition, and whether the marijuana would have altered his performance below the minimum standards required to be a police officer. The fact that it was marijuana should not have been such a big issue in comparison. The backlash was not warranted. Put yourself in his position. You are an officer, and you are suffering from PTSD. You are seeking help for this condition and are prescribed marijuana. You are going about your business, doing your job as you always do, and you are blindsided by hateful comments on local and even national level. Probably even international level. Would you be thinking that you should not be allowed to continue as a police officer? Wouldn't it seem cruel to be forced to give up your livelihood when you are simply trying to manage your condition? Imagine the corner you would be backed into.
The only criticism that I feel would have been warranted was to question his ability to serve as an officer while suffering from such a condition, and whether the marijuana would have altered his performance below the minimum standards required to be a police officer.
Actually, a Corporal in the RCMP isn't an easy rank to obtain. It usually goes to officers with specialized training and what not. It can go to someone for their service but it isn't like the military that after X years, you get a promotion. Most cops go their whole careers and never go beyond officer/constable. You are eligible for promotion after 7 years I think but that is all, eligible.
originally posted by: bigfatfurrytexan
Should officers with PTSD be allowed? I think that is a valid question.
No, i don't want to see people discriminated against for their disabilities. However, it would be impossible to argue that a blind person is fit to be a taxi driver.
I employ off duty cops as security. A recent event had a marine (i didn't say former marine ) that is a local deputy. His PTSD interferes with his ability to do the job I need him to do effectively when we have a busy night. This is off duty work. My concern is if his judgement can be impaired under the stress of off duty work at my place (where he is just milling around fiarly well off people who have no criminal background), what is it like when he is on duty faced with something like a loud domestic argument?
Could the perceived increse in police shootings be an artifact of the number of police with PTSD?
Regardless, as it relates to this story....I am not sure he was fit for duty to begin with. The "medication" h was on isn't really the issue. His coping skills are.