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police with impaired driving causing death, refusing a breathalyser, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death and criminal negligence causing death. Police Chief Harry Bakema tells the Winnipeg Sun that although the case involves a fellow cop, it is being handled like any other investigation.
reason there is no investigation is he knows what happened, Finlayson said.
Former Winnipeg police Const. Derek Harvey Zenk pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death in 2007. He didn serve any jail time and all alcohol related charges were dropped due to problems with the evidence.
joke about Alzheimer Bakema did not obstruct justice and never intended to obstruct justice, Weinstein said.
Bakema not pursue the avenues of investigation available to him by the comments made to him by Derek Harvey Zenk, Finlayson said.
Feb. 25, 2005: Const. Derek Harvey Zenk, an off duty city cop, slams his truck into Crystal Taman's car just north of the Perimeter. The 40 year old is declared dead at Concordia Hospital.
Finlayson stayed two additional counts of perjury, saying there was no evidence to support them.
Bakema, 60, and Harvey Zenk once worked together at the Winnipeg Police Service. Bakema was among the first to arrive at the crash scene north of the Perimeter Highway.
TIMELINE OF A TRAGEDY
Finlayson alleged Harvey Zenk, a moment of weakness, told Bakema he was at a party and had been drinking prior to the crash, information Bakema never acted upon or included in his police notes.
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Summer 2006: Robert Taman learns there are problems with the case, but says justice officials would provide no specific details.
The legal fate of former East St. Paul police chief Harry Bakema now rests with a judge.
Other officers Bakema allegedly told that Harvey Zenk had been drinking did not include the information in their notes, Weinstein said, but that doesn mean they were obstructing justice.
Finlayson said Bakema made no effort to interview witnesses at the scene or direct officers to interview witnesses at the hospital following the collision.
Oct. 6, 2008: In his report, inquiry commissioner Roger Salhany rips into Bakema, accusing him of giving false testimony and acting in bad faith because he was sympathetic to Harvey Zenk. Salhany also slams an internal Winnipeg police probe and offers a mixed review of the work of Minuk. He calls for further investigation of Bakema and East St. Paul colleague Ken Graham. Attorney General Dave Chomiak disbands the East St. Paul police.
Bakema is charged with one count each of obstruction of justice, breach of trust, and perjury in connection with the botched investigation of a car crash that killed Crystal Taman on Feb. 25, 2005.
Bakema is accused of covering up evidence suggesting Harvey Zenk was drunk at the time of the crash.
oversight, negligent, I wouldn say it obstructing justice, Weinstein said. are a lot of things in this case that shouldn have been done, but there is not the air of criminality on the part of anyone. said Bakema spent years working a desk job and had little experience investigating an impaired driving case. Weinstein said Bakema suffered from worsening memory problems that prompted fellow officers to Omega Gold Watch Price
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announces it will review the East St. Paul police.
does that evidence come from? Weinstein said.
Closing arguments in Bakema perjury trial
suggesting the obstruction of justice occurs almost immediately when Mr. Bakema attends at the scene, prosecutor Ashley Finlayson told court.
were to mislead and made no mention that he knew Harvey Zenk, only that he a cop, Finlayson said.
June 2, 2008: The inquiry gets underway and details emerge of selective memory, altered police reports and breaches of protocol.
Aug. 22, 2007: After pleading guilty to dangerous driving causing Omega Constellation Pink Face death, Harvey Zenk's lawyer and special prosecutor Marty Minuk jointly recommend a two year conditional sentence. Judge Ray Wyant expresses reservations. Manitoba Justice
Oct. 29, 2007: The joint recommendation is upheld, outraging Taman's family. A day later the province calls for an inquiry.
Bakema lawyer Hymie Weinstein said there no evidence Harvey Zenk recognized Bakema, let alone up to him.
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