Motorcyclists will continue to apply pressure on the British Columbia justice system to act more forcefully in the case of Crown vs Robinson.
Another "Justice for All" rally will be held at the Surrey courthouse on Jan. 15 at 9 a.m. A rally there on Tuesday drew about 100 people, most of them motorcyclists, and the press.
This case has stung motorcyclists in B.C. and elsewhere. In October 2008, RCMP officer Cpl. Monty Robinson was off-duty when his Jeep struck and killed 21-year-old Orion Hutchinson in Tsawwassen, B.C., near Vancouver.
Robinson left the scene of the crash, and later returned, telling investigators that he had gone for drinks. Police later asked the Crown to charge the Mountie with impaired and dangerous driving causing death, but the Crown declined and charged him instead with obstruction of justice.
Motorcyclists, including the B.C. Coalition of Motorcyclists, have suggested that if the young motorcyclist had killed an RCMP officer, the nature of charges would have been far more severe, and are calling on the provincial government to change the laws.
"What can you do to take action and show your displeasure with the current system?" said the B.C.-C.O.M. in a press release. "Send a letter, email or fax to the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Hon. Kash Heed and the Attorney General, Hon. Michael de Jong, who is also a rider, and call for changes to be made to our justice system."
Robinson was represented by a lawyer and did not show on Tuesday for his first court appearance. The Jan. 15 rally is timed to coincide with his next appearance. Robinson is on paid leave. He was one of four RCMP officers involved in a Tasering death at Vancouver International Airport a year before the collision with Hutchinson.