Nov. 18, 2004 - Edmonton
Sun columnist Kerry Diotte and Martin Ignasiak,
chairman of the Edmonton police commission,
attend a Canadian Association of Journalists
event at the Overtime Broiler and Taproom.
Police say they receive a tip that Diotte
is a risk to drink and drive, and five officers
stakeout the bar. Two undercover officers
go inside to keep an eye on him.
Diotte and Ignasiak later leave the bar
A newspaper reporter hears Diotte's name
mentioned on the police scanner.
Nov. 25, 2004 - Police
Chief Fred Rayner launches an investigation
into the sting, asking the Calgary Police
Service to review the information.
Dec. 1, 2004 - Ignasiak
orders Rayner to give details of the investigation
to the police commission.
Dec. 2, 2004 - Ignasiak
steps aside as the commission spokesman
on the police sting, after some criticism
that he can't be both complainant and point
Feb. 3, 2005 - Rayner
releases details of the review into the
Nov. 18 sting. Two senior officers are charged
with discreditable conduct under the Police
Act - one for his handling of the tip that
Diotte was a risk to drink and drive, the
other for sending out a news release a few
days later that implied Diotte and Ignasiak
were intoxicated that night.
He acknowledges that Diotte was a target
of officers, but says it was a coincidence
Ignasiak happened to be at the same bar.
Rayner clears the seven officers on the
scene of any wrongdoing, saying they were
just doing their job,and watching a number
of bars in the area.
He also admits that the names of both Diotte
and Ignasiak had been inappropriately run
through the police information system at
times before the Nov. 18 incident. Four
officers and a civilian traffic analyst
are given warnings.
Feb. 6, 2005 - The Edmonton
Journal publishes transcripts of police
radio calls from the night of the Overtime
sting. The officers talk about where Diotte
lives, how excited they would be to arrest
him and the quality of his columns.
One officer says whomever arrests Diotte
"will never have to pay for a drink
as long as he lives." One officer says
he's getting sexually aroused at the prospect
of arresting him.
Rayner issues a statement saying he "strongly
disagrees with the language and conversations
on these tapes" and that "there
is no question the eagerness these officers
demonstrated at the prospect of charging
him with impaired driving was clearly inappropriate."
He said the review done by the Calgary
Police Service found their attitude hadn't
affected their monitoring of Diotte.
Feb. 7, 2005 - Rayner
tells the police commission he is going
on medical leave, as calls for a public
inquiry into the sting and its handling
Feb. 8, 2005 - The police
commission fires Rayner at a closed-door
meeting, then immediately hires his replacement.
Feb. 9, 2005 - Rayner
calls for a full inquiry into the Overtime
sting and the decision to fire him, while
surrounded by between 200 and 300 officers.
Some question whether the firing was part
of a coup by the police commission.
Feb. 10, 2005 - City council
meets behind closed doors to discuss whether
to ratify the police commission's choice
of a new chief, or to hold an open competition
for the job.