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RCMP officer targeted for being kinky

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RCMP officer targeted for being kinky

'This will push a lot of people back into the kink closet,' community members worry
The RCMP should judge its officers by their professional conduct, not their sexual preferences, BDSM activists are saying after leaked photos of an officer on a consensual fetish website have caused a public uproar and led to calls for the officer’s resignation.

The photos became public when Vancouver Sun columnist Ian Mulgrew published them July 5 and described them as “sexually explicit torture images reminiscent of the pig-farmer's crimes.”

The photos allegedly depict Coquitlam Corporal Jim Brown, a veteran RCMP officer who played a purportedly minor role in the Robert Pickton serial killer investigation when he referred a tipster to investigating officers in 1999.

According to Mulgrew, the officer in the “graphic pictures . . . appears to wear only his regulation-issue Mountie boots and an erection as he wields a huge knife and a bound naked woman cringes in terror.”

Leatherwoman Tillie King tells Xtra the case is a perfect example of why people feel pressured to hide their sexual preferences.

"It highlights why people stay in the closet," she says. "They could lose their jobs or their children. Those are pretty high risks to take in life."

King says people are judged the moment they step outside the norm sexually.

"For straight people, what they do in bed is never brought into the public light as to whether or not they can do their job," she points out.

She likens the situation to the RCMP witch-hunts in the 1950s and ’60s when queers in the RCMP were seen as security risks.

"People in his position often stayed closeted for a reason, and we all know the price of that," King says. "This will push a lot of people back into the kink closet. That could be potentially tragic."

Gay Vancouver psychotherapist and leatherman Bill Coleman agrees. The officer should be judged on his ability to do his job, not by photos of him in a sexual situation.

"Now you see a picture of him and now he can’t do his job?" Coleman asks. "It doesn't change peoples' behaviour; it just becomes more closeted, and we know how dangerous being closeted can be.”

"He should be judged on his record as a police officer and not on a picture of him," reiterates Coleman, who testified as an expert witness on BDSM at the Little Sister's vs Canada Customs trial about BDSM book seizures.

"I am a sexual being and people can't pretend that I am not. If they don't like that, that's their problem," Coleman says.

Black leatherdyke Kona agrees. The officer’s ability to do his job has nothing to do with his sexuality, she says. "Every single person in this world does something sexually that offends someone else."

Both Kona and Coleman say the situation could put a chill on the BDSM community.

Kona fears Vancouver's BDSM community could be tarred and play spaces could become harder to find. "People are going to step back. How many people are going to go underground?" she asks. "How many people are going to go hunting for perverts in Vancouver?"

Ironically, both Coleman and Kona note, it’s people in the BDSM community who tend to have a greater understanding of the dynamics of power in human relationships — something Coleman says would inform how well a police officer does his job.

Coleman points out that BDSM practitioners engage by consent. That's a long way from the mainstream media depiction of the officer sadistically subjugating and torturing a woman against her will.

Kona thinks someone with an axe to grind against the officer deliberately leaked the photos. She is concerned that members of the fetish website not expecting to be outed or judged will now face judgment from those without an understanding of the nuances of BDSM.

"Now there's going to be a lot of tourists on there uninvited," Kona says. "There's going to be a huge onslaught of people
. . . that are going to pick apart the way the community speaks about itself, the way they talk about relationships."

Kona does not exempt the officer from criticism. "As a steward of public trust with a sophisticated knowledge of the law, he was stupid. He did not manage his personal life well," she says.

The officer has been placed on administrative duties pending a code-of-conduct investigation — despite his commanding officer’s apparent reluctance to pursue the matter.

"The alleged issue was deemed to be off-duty, non-criminal, adult consensual activity during which the individual was not representing himself as a member of the RCMP, and thus it did not appear to legal services to meet the threshold for a code-of-conduct violation," Superintendent Claude Wilcott reportedly told Mulgrew.

"Despite this legal opinion, a code-of-conduct investigation is underway to determine if there are any additional facts and ensure the fullest review possible,” Wilcott reportedly continued.

“While I agree the staged images are graphic, it's important to note that they appear only on an adult site catering to those who seek them out," he added.

In a statement issued July 5, RCMP BC Assistant Commissioner Randy Beck says the Coquitlam detachment commander "first became aware of the existence of some graphic staged photos in December 2010. However, at that time, the detachment commander believed they existed only on the officer’s personal flash drive and thus, after consultation, he did not believe it met the threshold for a Code of Conduct violation."

When the commander discovered in March that the photos were also online, Beck says, another investigation began. The Richmond RCMP is now leading that investigation, he says.

"While we must strike a balance between an individual’s rights and freedoms when off duty and the RCMP Code of Conduct, I am personally embarrassed and very disappointed that the RCMP would be, in any way, linked to photos of that nature," Beck says.

Kona tells Xtra she is "horrified" by the situation.

She says it reminds her of Jack McGeorge, a US ex-marine, ex-Secret Service agent with a doctorate in the field of chemical and biological terrorism. McGeorge, who died in 2009, was a UN weapons inspector in Iraq. He, too, came under fire for his involvement with the BDSM community when, in 2002, a Washington Post article attempted to discredit McGeorge as the hunt for supposed weapons of mass destruction was underway.

McGeorge tendered his resignation to chief weapons inspector Hans Blix, but Blix refused to accept it. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's office also supported McGeorge. The US National Coalition for Sexual Freedom said news agencies targeted McGeorge because he was a respected SM community leader and educator.

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Did he use Forensic Evidence as Masturbatory Porn?
I can't help wonder if Corporal Jim Brown joined the RCMP to have legal access to cases involving rape, violence and murder to fuel his sadistic fantasies with actual suffering of abused women. Did he get sexually aroused by the Picton murders? Did he fantasize about the details of how all of those women were butchered by Picton and how they may have begged for their lives? ***Did he use the forensic evidence from the Picton cases as masturbatory porn?*** Are the photos he uploaded to the web expressions of his own fantasies about actual cases he investigated? If the answers to my questions are YES, would that not be a gross conflict of interest by a police officer? ***On the other hand if the cases he worked on over the years traumatized him and somehow caused him to sexualize the horrors of those cases, and he is posing for violent porn as a form of “Art Therapy,” then he should receive Workman's Compensation for psychological injuries (PTSD?).
Well Said Aaron
Well said Aaron and thank you for making this point that you did!
Some Thoughts 2
I guess I feel that our rights should never be at the expense of more vulnerable people. And I hope we can all agree no matter what we do with our bodies, that any actions that support women feeling silenced in the face of violence is a terrible injustice. I guess I just wanted to focus this back on who really lost out here.
Some thoughts
I personally support individual choice, so people want to be kinky be kinky. And to the question of whether this is violence, I think that’s probably a question that can only be answered by the woman in the photo. I’m a firm believer in hands off others bodies and I’m certainly not going to tell women what they should or shouldn’t do with theirs.

Where I would like to back Jamie up however is I do think at the very least it shows bad judgment for a police officer to post these pictures online. I’m not going to get into specifics but through my work I have met countless women in the DTES that have been subject to countless horrors from predators, I’m talking the stuff that nightmares are made of. I’m assuming most police officers have also encountered these horrors and most that I have met have a particular distain for those who victimize women in such a fashion. Regardless of his role in the Pickton case, this officer would still meet women who had been through terrible violence.

So while I don’t think this situation should be read as a pro-kink or anti-kink issue, I do think it speaks to how one officer who through his career will meet women who experience violence and I can’t help but wonder if he thought (or thought about the risk of them being released) about the image he wanted to portray publically to these women. Sometimes I think in life we have to give up some of our experiences because of our position in society and the power we hold. As a police officer he has a lot of power and I can’t help but think that this incident and his actions just made it that much more likely that women in the DTES wont get help when they need it. I’m sure that wasn’t the officers intent, nor the reporters who made this big news but damage done right?

I guess I feel that our rights should never be at the expense of more vulnerable people. And I hope we can all agree no matter what we do with our bodies, that any actions that support women feeling silenced in the face o
Your the Loathsome One Jim from Toronto
Jim you are the disrespectful one here with your misguided rant which is an attack on me rather than addressing in a respectful way why you think the actions of the RCMP officer in question isn't a problem. This issue has moral and ethical implications to it and isn't about the S & M community in general. But you obviously think violence in society is OK and I happen to dis-agree. A line was crossed here with the publication of obscene material and that is what I have a problem with. The officer was involved in the Pickton investigation which also raises concerns. You are obviously desensitized to violence and violent images and that I find troubling. You should consider getting help for yourself as you seem to need it.
Witch hunts
How does the focus on this man differ from Salem around 1650?

Really JamieLee you're just a villager with a pitch fork. "Kill the monster!"

There's something about you that I find loathsome. I think the media should investigate your sex life and broadcast it on the internet. I'm sure there are some nasty things there.

OK, he has poor judgment. Why is that news?
Scary S & M Lifestylers
I am totally in agreement with Dave and find it very scary that S & M lifestyle proponenents Like Craig and Holly do not get the seriousness of this matter. They seem to be saying its OK to hold a knife to a woman and that isn't really violence. They stupidly hold to the notion and claim the RCMP officer is entitled to a private sex life while completely overlooking the fact that the offficer posted violent images on a public website and used part of his public uniform in the photos. That the officer was directly involved in the Pickton investigation makes this even more troubling. Plus there are serious allegations that this officer attended Piggy's Palace where many women were lured, tortured and murdered. Is it any wonder that some members of the public feel that there are psychos lurking about in the S & M community and when you have people like Craig and Holly spoting that violence against women is OK is it any wonder that our society is in the fucked up mess its in.
It Really Is Quite Shocking
that people like Holly and Craig not to mention the author of this article just don't get it. This story isn't about the fact this cop likes to wear leather and take part in bdsm activities in his private life, who cares? The story is the about how someone so closely associated with the Pickton case and in the position that he holds had such poor judgement to pose for those photo's that simulated violence towards women. What is wrong with that? In my view, plenty. I get it. It's not about wearing leather. Geesh.
Only Saints Need Apply
I'm wondering if an investigation of the sexual habits and online postings of ALL people connected with the Pickton investigation is underway? Given that the officer in question was a member of the RCMP, and they have had a large amount of often justifiable bad press in the past few years, and also given that many other officers (male and female), from many Lower Mainland police departments were involved in this case....do you think that maybe he's not the only one who has a private life, to which he is completely entitled?
Come On Craig,
you aren't that thick are you? A cop can have all the kinky sex they want, go ahead fill your RCMP issued boots.
The problem here, and I find it very difficult to understand why you can't understand this, the officer in question had involvement in the Pickton case. Don't you find it just a bit odd if not downright offensive that this officer posed for photo's simulating violence towards women?

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