The lawyer representing a Bracebridge man found guilty by an Ontario Provincial Police tribunal of violating orders says the OPP “is seeking to control all aspects of an officer’s life.”
“I think this is an unfortunate situation where an officer goes to speak out on a matter of public interest and public discussion and has been punished for that,” said James Girvin, the OPP Association legal officer for Sgt. Dan Mulligan. “I think it is problematic.”
Mulligan, who is a member of the OPP’s Aviation Services Section/Helicopter Unit, faced one count of discreditable conduct and two counts of insubordination during a Police Services Act tribunal in late November at the OPP’s general headquarters in Orillia.
Adjudicator Superintendent Greg Walton last month found Mulligan guilty of discreditable conduct and one count of insubordination, but not guilty on the second count of insubordination.
In the latest decision, Mulligan was charged with the three counts after he had been ordered not to attend the Not By Accident Conference, with the theme Cannabis Legalization: Is this a trip we want to take?