Was justice blind?

The consultative board responsible for the British Columbia's anti-illegal gaming enforcement team discussed the connection between those activities and organized crime four months before the unit was shutdown. In an earlier exclusive interview, the former head of that government-funded RCMP team questioned how "motivated" the government was "to have high-profile enforcement of illegal gaming in the province," telling Public Eye he was under the impression the province was more interested in the "the appearance of doing something" rather than "meaningful results."

But, according to meeting minutes obtained yesterday via a freedom of information request, on December 16, 2008 the team's board did talk about "the extent of organized crime involvement" in illegal gaming, as well as the "the capacity of the unit to respond to high level gaming complaints, and the priority where organized crime is involved."

No further details of that conversation - which took place three months after Mr. Pinnock's retirement - are included in the meeting minutes.

Two years earlier, the team had been ordered to "focus on mid-level" rather than high-level targets.

Housing and Social Development Minister Rich Coleman has said the team was given that direction because high-level targets are handled by the RCMP's integrated gang task force and the combined forces special enforcement unit.

But Mr. Pinnock has accused the RCMP's senior management in British Columbia as demonstrating "willful blindness" when it comes to the connection between illegal gaming and organized crime.

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