Erotic Vancouver has learned that the photos at the centre of the media firestorm over RCMP Corporal Jim Brown in fact depict another local man in the BDSM community and not Cpl. Brown. While other photos in the news reports, ones of a kilted individual in what appear to be RCMP boots, may indeed be of the RCMP Corporal, the photos that have most raised the ire of the media and of their various sources, photos the CBC describe as “a staged violent knife attack on a naked and bound woman” are of another individual. This has been confirmed by both the man and woman in the photo. Both parties wish to retain their anonymity.
Erotic Vancouver has already weighed in on the issue of the Vancouver Sun’s initial story about Corporal Jim Brown. Since that time the Sun has produced more coverage, including a more balanced story by reporter Lori Culbert. (RCMP corporal under investigation for sexually explicit photos won’t be asked to quit – Vancouver Sun.) Sun reporter Ian Mulgrew also responded to an email from Erotic Vancouver in which he restated many of the positions he gave voice to in media interviews, including with CKNW, but which did not appear in his Sun article: allegations that Corporal Brown might have been a habitue of Piggy’s Palace, the after hours club run on the Pickton pig farm. He suggested that the errors in judgement associated with the images in the media gave weight to these allegations.
The “most disturbing images” it of course now turn aren’t of Brown.
Cameron Ward, lawyer for the missing women’s families at the Missing Women’s Inquiry, has called for the inquiry to be reopened in light of the photos and Corporal Brown’s connection to the Pickton investigation, however peripheral. In comments to CKNW Mr. Ward suggested Corporal Brown was a “sexual sadist or deviant.” Harsh words, those. “Sexual sadist” has specific psychiatric and legal definitions, and is very different from consensual sadomasochism. He goes on to suggest that Brown is interested in “torturing and degrading women.” And he questions whether Brown might have been involved in foot dragging where the Pickton investigation was concerned in light of his involvement with BDSM, and specifically because of the abduction scene photos.
The photos that aren’t of Brown.
According to the Vancouver Sun, Lawyer Jason Gratl, representative for various DTES community groups at the inquiry, suggested “Brown’s even peripheral involvement in the missing women investigation was troubling.”
Corporal Brown is being used as leverage to reopen the Missing Women’s Inquiry. That’s something that is time sensitive, and perhaps for that reason the lawyers involved are not content to wait until the Richmond RCMP have finished conducting their investigation of Brown to start calling for that to happen. But raising questions in the media about Brown’s links to the Pickton farm, and in the continued descriptions of the behaviour in the abduction photos, there has been a rush to judgement. One that serves neither their cause or the BDSM community or, of course, Corporal Brown well.
There is no doubt here that Brown is guilty of at least one thing: stupidity.
The CBC reports that two police officers have reported finding a USB drive at the Coquitlam RCMP detachment belonging to Brown which had sexually suggestive photos on it. And in an online chat obtained by CBC Kilted Knight tells a stranger pretending to be a prospective partner to meet him at the detachment. The transcript of the email exchange, then shown on screen, Kilted Knight (allegedly Corporal Brown) says “I can leave work anytime I wish for lunch hours. (It’s good to be boss.)” He also says “Yes those are mountie boots. ;)”
Question for the CBC: if the stranger pretending to be a prospective partner was not a reporter (something we would expect to be revealed) who were they?
The Mounties have every right to expect that at work the officer would conduct himself in an exemplary manner. They might even be within their rights to take issue his wearing his RCMP boots in photos and then bragging about it. Like I said, stupid.
And one could argue that Corporal Brown was stupid to put his profile up on Fetlife. That he was stupid to not keep his interest in BDSM a deep dark secret. That he was stupid not to live much, much deeper in the closet than he did.
But at some point one has to accept that individuals will want to live outside of a closet, whatever their role in society. Not much more than 40 years ago being gay would not only have precluded someone serving as an RCMP officer, it could have lead to their arrest as homosexuality was criminalized at the time. Those involved with BDSM, it seems, are largely expect to continue living in closets.
In an interview with Global BC Mulgrew asks “When you are in pictures that are so degrading to women, how seriously or how enthusiastically did you investigate the Pickton crime?’
Given that it appears some of the pictures, the “shocking pictures” that have driven so much of the media coverage, were not of Corporal Brown, I’d ask how seriously or enthusiastically you investigated this story. How seriously and enthusiastically did you and other members of the media question your sources intentions? Because it’s certainly true that something shocking and deplorable has taken place here.
And that something is a rush to judgement.
For more of the media’s coverage on this story:
BC RCMP officer’s sexually explicit photos on S&M website spark inquiry – Vancouver Sun July 5, 2012
Missing Women Commissioner wants answers to RCMP officer’s sexually explicit photos - Vancouver Sun July 5, 2012 9:20pm
RCMP corporal under investigation for sexually explicit photos won’t be asked to quit – Vancouver Sun July 5, 2012 9:20pm
RCMP officer investigated over bondage photos – CBC July 5, 2012