Congratulations, U.S.A., we’re off the hook as the lone purveyor of inexplicable violence at youth sporting events, thanks to this tale of a disturbing attack at a 2006 U-13 girl’s soccer game in Hamilton, Ontario has finally surfaced. How did it come out? Well, some three years after the incident, the police officer who attacked an opposing child’s parent might finally get her due demotion.
According to the HAMILTON SPECTATOR, 40-year-old Constable Wendy Bromfield pleaded guilty to misconduct charges at a Police Services Act hearing earlier this week, all connected to a 2006 incident that started when she ratted out an player on the team opposing her daughter’s squad. The victim of Brumfield’s vigilante refereeing was ejected shortly thereafter, and Brumfield’s daughter’s team won the game.
That’s when things got interesting. One of the players from the losing team walked up to Bromfield, blamed her for the ejection and, because of that, the loss, spitting and cursing at her (according to Bromfield). And what happened when Brumfield brought the player over to the opposing team’s coach? She couldn’t constrain herself any more, and attacked the kid’s father.
Let’s see if we can make an equation out of this: Either Canadian cops > or = Los Angeles riot cops. Right? That seems straight, doesn’t it? Maybe we forgot to carry a one.
Still, the incident might be even more disturbing for what it says about the Canadian justice system. Sure, we’re not exactly instantaneous over here in the U.S., but at least we get our punishments meted out in less than three years.
(Watch out! She might swing those balls!)
Oh, and the best part? Bromfield hasn’t worked a lick since a motorcycle accident in 2004. So, not only has she had four years of recuperating on wages from a medical insurance programs and socialized health care, she’s had enough time to pick fights with opposing parents.
Doesn’t it seem more of these incidents are likely from Bromfield, considering the fact that she suffered brain damage in that 2004 incident? And are we really sure she should be driving after that kind of a scare? If she can’t work for nearly five years, why should we assume she’s safe on the roads?
One thing’s certain: She’s definitely not safe at sporting events. Take note, Hamilton Tiger Cats.