Saturday, February 16, 2019

For the good of the Force: The cost of the RCMP’s dysfunction

When Pierre Lemaitre graduated in red serge in 1986, he was shipped to B.C., far from his Quebec upbringing. Location didn’t matter: he had his Stetson and his Strathcona boots — he was a Mountie. This was the realization of a lifelong dream. (Global News)

Undercover cop says colleagues beat him ‘like Rodney King’

ST.LOUIS - An undercover St. Louis police officer who was beaten by colleagues during protests in 2017 later described the attack as a “free for all” and told someone at police headquarters that he was beaten “like Rodney King,” according to recently released court documents. (St. Louis Post Dispatch)

Ultimate respect as gang squad officer laid to rest

VANCOUVER - Hundreds of family and friends gathered at Delta’s Riverside Funeral Home Saturday to pay final respects to retired Abbotsford Police Sgt. Shinder Kirk. (The Province)

Chicago cop gets 81 months sentence in fatal shooting

Former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke, already found guilty of the 2014 murder of teenager Laquan McDonald, was sentenced Friday to 81 months in prison -- close to seven years' incarceration. (Fox News)

Disgraced ex-cop avoids jail with guilty plea

VANCOUVER - A former RCMP officer won't serve jail time after pleading guilty to breach of trust and obstruction of justice in connection with his misconduct in the investigation into the deadliest gangland shooting in B.C.'s history. (CBC News)
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  • Surrey Six investigator pleads guilty to two charges
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  • Man facing multiple charges after ramming police SUV during ‘crime spree’

    LETHBRIDGE - Shortly after releasing a photo of him ramming a police car, Mounties got their man after the driver led police on a chase through a rural area east of Lethbridge. (Calgary Herald)

    Alberta RCMP looking for two missing 12-yr-olds

    Alberta RCMP are looking for two missing 12-year-olds believed to be travelling together. Rhianna Pelletier of Innisfail and Nicolas Givotkoff of Red Deer were both reported missing on Jan. 14. (CBC News)

    Man shot by RCMP in gunfire exchange near High Level, AB.

    Officers responded to a call of a distraught man at around 8:15 p.m. Saturday. Upon arrival, police engaged with the man who produced a firearm and fired the weapon, High Level RCMP said in a news release Sunday evening. (Edmonton Journal)
    Cops in Cuban paradise in living hell

    Cops back from Cuba, no thanks to Canadian government

    The story of Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun is remarkable. Her escape from Islam and the domineering clutches of her father and brother was courageous and certainly showed the value of social media.  What is more remarkable is the speed in which the Canadian government acted in getting her to Canada less than five days after she tweeted she wanted refuge in Canada while barricaded in a Thai hotel room. She had been taken from a flight to Australia at the request of the Saudi government. Her family was pressing to have her return to either Kuwait or Saudi Arabia. Once she was taken from the flight the Thai authorities took her passport and her father and brother flew to Thailand. Things looked dire for her until she took to twitter and pleaded for help. On Saturday she boarded a flight from Seoul to Toronto where she was met by the Minister of Global Affairs Chrystia Freeland and a horde of media for what can only be described as a crass, political photo op. She was not allowed to take questions as Freeland held onto her. The questionable logic of broadcasting to the world her whereabouts given her fear of her father and brother is another matter.  Last week, on Tuesday, two Vancouver area police officers trapped in Cuba for the past ten months finally got the news from their lawyer that the prosecutor’s appeal of their acquittal on a bogus charge of rape was turned down. It then began a flurry of activity between the...
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    One dead, 12 more hospitalized after suspected Fentanyl leads to ‘mass overdose’

    CHICO, Ca. - A “mass overdose” in a California home Saturday morning left one person dead and another 12 hospitalized after police say the victims may have ingested fentanyl, a powerful opioid. (Fox News)

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