He was on the frontlines of some of B.C.'s most notorious moments of civil unrest, and now the security of the 2010 Olympic Games -- and the nation's reputation for peace, order and good government -- may well rest on the decisions he makes if tensions arise during the games. Geoff Dembicki of The Tyee and Bob Mackin of 24 Hours Vancouver collaborate on an in-depth four-part series looking at Mercer's controversial past, and present responsibilities.
In This Series
RCMP's Bud Mercer was in the thick of several famous clashes with dissenters. This story, with video of the exploding truck, is first in a series.
In command of 6,000, Bud Mercer will be making decisions under a global microscope.
Commission slammed Mounties' hair trigger use of force at 1997 summit. Third in a series profiling the 2010 Olympics' top cop.
2010 Games security chief is a veteran of clashes with anti-logging protesters.