Paul Manning (police officer)
Paul Manning, pseudonyms ‘Paul Wright’ and the ‘Englishman’ (born September 21, 1973), is a former Hamilton Police Service officer (Ontario, Canada), Metropolitan Police Service officer (London, UK) and Royal Military Police officer (UK) who worked undercover in an Ontario Provincial Police and Hamilton Police Service joint task force for 18 months, successfully infiltrating the Musitano crime family, Papalia crime family and the Hamilton chapter of Hells Angels.
Manning undercover in Hamilton, circa 2006
|Other names||'Paul Wright', 'The Englishman'|
Manning alleges he was sold out by other serving officers affiliated with organized criminals whilst working undercover and an attempt made on his life by members of the Front Lines Bloods. He further alleges years of police corruption and cover-ups, most of which remain unproven or uninvestigated.
Manning was born in Accrington, Lancashire, UK, on September 21, 1973, attending Rhyddings High School. In 1993 he joined the Royal Military Police and the Metropolitan Police Service around 1998, immigrating to Canada in 2005, joining Hamilton Police Service sometime in summer 2005.
Manning was recruited to work undercover because of his previous, extensive undercover experience and he was a recent immigrant to Canada, therefore an unknown.
Manning's assignment was to infiltrate the James St North area of Hamilton, a tight-knit community of both residential properties and small businesses with strong Italian and Portuguese influences. Traditional organized crime has, and still continues to maintain a grip over the small community. Manning was to penetrate through deception, this historically difficult and extremely dangerous crime group. He was to gather evidence on offences for future prosecution, in an attempt to disrupt and dissuade further criminal activity.
Manning spent over a year living in the community, engaging in criminal acts. His cover was consistently tested; he was the victim of an attempted murder and would be subjected to mock executions in an attempt to ascertain if he was an undercover police officer. In late 2006 the operation was compromised due to an intelligence breach suffered by the Ontario Provincial Police.
In a $6.75 million lawsuit filed by Manning and his wife, Sabina Manning, Manning alleges he was sold out by other Hamilton Police Service officers, and that the operation was intentionally compromised to disguise that fact. He describes the uncovering and reporting of years of criminality on the part of serving and retired officers.
In the lawsuit Manning details his years of battling mental illness because of the assault and not only the lack of assistance from his senior management team, but their continued bullying of an officer turned whistleblower. It is unusual for a serving police officer to report criminality on the part of his or her colleagues for fear of alienation and workplace reprisals.
On May 28, 2016, a story, which mentions Manning's lawsuit, was published by The Hamilton Spectator indicating criminality on the part of a senior investigator at Hamilton Police Service, who subsequently killed himself. This investigator is not only mentioned in Manning's lawsuit, but the story somewhat corroborates what Manning alleges and directly accuses senior management at Hamilton Police Service of covering up wrongdoing.
On Feb 14th, 2019 the City of Hamilton were ordered to pay Manning $20,000 because of unnecessary delays in a lawsuit the officer brought against the Hamilton Police Services Board and former Chief Glenn De Caire. The amount awarded Manning and his wife, Sabina, was to cover court costs and as a deterrent to the city against any further delays.
The lawsuit was filed September 2015 and is still pending.
Sometime during the week of July 23, 2018 Manning began uploading audio recordings to YouTube that claimed to be of Ottawa Police Association president Matthew Skof accusing Eli El-Chantiry, the Ottawa Police Service Board chair of being involved in organized crime. On July 23, 2018 Chief Charles Bordeleau initiated a Chief’s complaint asking the Ontario Provincial Police to investigate the content of the recordings.
Skof at first denied it was him talking in the recordings but on July 30, 2018 retracted his denial and admitted it was his voice on the recordings.
Manning then uploaded a further recording in which Skof alleged members of the Ottawa Police Service senior management team had tried to obstruct justice in a prior Ontario Provincial Police investigation.
On September 27, 2018 Bordeleau instructed law firm Caza Saikaley LLP to request a mandatory injunction ordering Manning to “cease the dissemination and broadcast of any video and audio recordings which implicate the privacy interests of, and negatively impact the OPS and its members.”
The recordings were removed from social media and on November 7, 2018 a ‘Notice of Discontinuance’ was filed with the courts.
On January 22, 2012 Matthew Skof was arrested by the Ontario Provincial Police and charged with multiple counts of Criminal Breach of Trust and Obstruction of Justice.
In a March 22, 2018 interview with Sputnik (news agency), Manning claimed factions of Organized Crime syndicates had in the past and still continue to infiltrate Police Services throughout Ontario.
- "Toronto Star Hamilton Cop Alleges Betrayal by his Force". 21 April 2016. Retrieved April 21, 2016 – via The Toronto Star.
- "Spectator investigation: Sex, drugs and police misconduct". 28 May 2016. Retrieved June 14, 2016 – via The Hamilton Spectator.
- "City ordered to pay former undercover cop $20K, warned by judge over lawsuit delays". 1 March 2019. Retrieved March 1, 2019 – via CBC.
- "Ottawa Citizen Leaked Audio Recordings of Man Alleged to be Police Union Boss Prompts OPP investigation". 24 July 2018. Retrieved July 24, 2018 – via Ottawa Citizen.
- "Ottawa Citizen Police Union Head Admits To Being Voice On Parts Of Leak Audio Tapes". 30 July 2018. Retrieved July 30, 2018 – via Ottawa Citizen.
- "Ottawa Citizen Ottawa Police Take Legal Action Against Officer Who Posted Leaked Audio Of Police Union President". 27 September 2018. Retrieved September 27, 2018 – via Ottawa Citizen.
- "Ottawa Citizen Police Union Head Arrested by OPP After Probe Into Leaked Audio Recordings". 22 January 2019. Retrieved January 22, 2019 – via Ottawa Citizen.
- "Sputnik News Organized Crime has Infiltrated Police Services Throughout Ontario". 22 March 2018. Retrieved March 22, 2018 – via Sputnik News.
- Rankin, Jim; Edwards, Peter; Buist, Steve (21 April 2016) Hamilton Cop Alleges Betrayal By His Force The Toronto Star
- Buist, Steve; Rankin, Jim; Edwards, Peter (21 April 2016) Ex-Undercover hamilton Cop Alleges Betrayal By His Own Force The Hamilton Spectator
- (21 April 2016) Undercover Lawsuit CHCH News
- Bennett, Kelly (10 May 2016) Once Undercover, hamilton Cop alleges Police didn't have his back CBC News
- (21 April 2016) Former Cop Suing Hamilton Police and OPP 900 CHML
- (21 April 2016) Former Cop Suing Hamilton Police and OPP AM 730
- Edwards, Peter (21 April 2016) Undercover Cop Alleges Betrayal; worked Hells Angels, Mafia Peter Edwards Blog
- (21 April 2016) Former Cop Suing Hamilton Police and OPP 'i880am'
- Buist, Steve; Hayes, Molly; Dunphy, Bill (28 May 2016) Spectator Investigation: Sex, Drugs and Police Misconduct The Hamilton Spectator
- Dreschel, Andrew (1 June 2016) Police Board Asking Tough Questions on Officer Misconduct The Hamilton Spectator
- Edwards, Peter (30 July 2017) Shootings, Explosions, Killings and the Bloody Fight to be ‘The Next Boss’ after Mobster Vito Rizzuto’s Death The Toronto Star
- Browne, Rachel (31 August 2017) Ontario May Be In The Midst Of A Mob War Vice News
- Metelsky, Stephen G (11 February 2018) Illegal Gambling Underworld Stories
- Klarenbery, Kit (22 March 2018) Organized Crime Has Infiltrated Police Services Through Ontario ‘’Sputnik News’’
- Hepfner, Lisa (26 April 2018) Ruthowsky Challenges Sentence CHCH News
- Helmer, Aedan (24 July 2018) Leaked Ottawa Police Service Audio Recordings Ottawa Citizen
- Helmer, Aedan; Fenton, Drake (30 July 2018) Police Union Boss Admits To Being Voice On Parts Of Leaked Audio Tapes Ottawa Citizen
- Manning, Paul; (14 September 2018) Coroner's Office Directs Police Reopen Investigation Exaro News
- Edwards, Peter; O'Reilly, Nicole (14 September 2018) Hamilton Police Probing Ancaster Homicide The Toronto Star
- Edwards, Peter; (17 September 2018) Buffalo Mob Playing Role in Deadly Ontario Dispute The Toronto Star
- Manning, Paul; (17 December 2018) Did Premier Ford oversee the Obstruction of Justice Exaro News
- Edwards, Peter; (1 February 2019)Realtor's Murder Smells Like a Power Play The Toronto Star