Thursday, June 4, 2020

1 police officer dead, 1 wounded in Baton Rouge shooting

BATON ROUGE, La. - A shooting in Louisiana’s capital city left one police officer dead and his wounded colleague fighting for his life Sunday, authorities said, adding a suspect was later taken into custody after an hourslong standoff in which shots were fired at a SWAT team. (USA Today)

Prolific offenders and hot spots focal point for Calgary police

The Calgary police auto theft unit caught up with a familiar face this week, saying there’s lots of work to be done in curbing the city’s most prolific car thieves. On Wednesday, an operation manned by the specialized unit nabbed an alleged thief in a downtown Calgary parking lot. (Calgary Herald)

Colorado love triangle leads to deadly police shooting, arrest

A clash between a man, his wife and his wife’s boyfriend earlier this month ended with a deadly police-involved shooting and one person in a Colorado jail. (Fox News)

Surrey municipal police force given green light by B.C. government

The B.C. government has approved Surrey’s transition away from its contract with the RCMP to form its own municipal force. But in an effort to ensure some of the gaps in Surrey’s plan are filled, the province has appointed a new joint municipal-provincial committee named by the province and chaired by former attorney-general Wally Oppal. (Globe & Mail)
  • Forget Surrey, how about a regional police force?
  • RCMP not fully prepared for active shooters five years after Moncton: Auditor General

    OTTAWA — The RCMP isn’t sure that all its officers have access to the rifles and body armour they need to respond to an active shooter, almost five years after three Mounties were gunned down in New Brunswick, Canada’s auditor general has found.(

    Mounties defend their handling of the Norman investigation

    The RCMP say they conducted a "thorough" investigation of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, whose criminal case ended dramatically this week when the Crown stayed a single charge of breach of trust. The Mounties released a statement Friday afternoon defending their handling of the entire matter and stating they respect the decision of the Public Prosecution Service to stay the charge. (CBC)

    VPD arrest 40 suspects for break-ins at shops closed by COVID-19

    Vancouver police have arrested 40 suspects in connection with commercial break-and-enters at shops shuttered by COVID-19. The arrests come following an uptick in commercial break-and-enters last month after physical-distancing measures were ordered by health officials in an attempt to halt the spread of the virus. (The Province)

    Man, 34, dead after Edmonton police-involved shooting

    EDMONTON - A 34-year-old man is dead after he was shot by police following a traffic stop in east Edmonton’s King Edward Park neighbourhood on Boxing Day. (Edmonton Journal)

    No charges against NYPD cop in death of Eric Garner

    The Justice Department won’t be filing charges against NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner on Staten Island, officials and family members said. (New York Daily News)

    Policing in the Age of perpetual offense

    By Bob Cooper Oscar winning Screen Actor Charlton Heston once said that political correctness is just tyranny with manners.  Fast forward a generation or two and you’ve still got the tyranny but the manners are long-gone.  Replaced with ‘safe spaces’, ‘micro-aggressions’, and ‘dog whistles’.  Dogma that uses denunciation, distortion, and smear to destroy those they disagree with by making their every utterance an act of Hate Speech in order that they be cast out as lepers.  But for the decency of a group of law students it might have claimed a very good policeman this week. S/Sgt. Bill Clark has been a larger than life figure in the Edmonton Police Homicide Unit for years.  During that time he’s worked any number of high-profile cases (Google Mark Twitchell) and cleared most of them.  Bill was popular with the local press because he took the time to talk to them and they could always count on a catchy quote at a murder scene. Bill is the kind of guy who makes the bosses nervous every time he steps in front of the cameras but who they’re all secretly thankful for because he can be counted on to deliver a high clearance rate each year making Homicide one of the places they don’t have to worry about.  That is, until someone complains. Bill recently took the time to speak to a group of students at the University of Alberta Law School.  This is a fairly common occurrence the same way defence lawyers and prosecutors are brought...