Saturday, December 5, 2020

Despite what we are being told, things haven’t changed in today’s RCMP

In 2006, RCMP Corporal. Catherine Galliford had finally had it with the harassment in the Old Boys club — more formally known as the RCMP. Galliford complained to her direct supervisor about a co-worker and was called to the supervisor’s office. The supervisor sat behind his desk and on the only other chair in the room sat the male coworker she had complained about. There was no other chair; the co-worker patted his lap smiling saying “sit here.” (True North)

Ottawa police officer not guilty of manslaughter in death of Abdirahman Abdi

Ottawa police Const. Daniel Montsion has been found not guilty of manslaughter, aggravated assault and assault with a weapon in connection with the 2016 death of Abdirahman Abdi. Abdi, a 37-year-old Black man, died following a confrontation with Ottawa police on July 24, 2016. Montsion had pleaded not guilty to all charges. (CBC)

Suspended Quebec police director blasts ‘sick’ system ahead of expected dismissal

Hours before the expected announcement of his possible dismissal as head of the Sûreté du Québec, Martin Prud’homme on Friday issued a statement saying he had been the victim of a “fishing expedition.” (Montreal Gazette)

After pandemic delays RCMP union resumes quest for salary bump

After a series of pandemic-related delays, the head of the union representing Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers says salary negotiations are back in full swing — a process that could see policing costs swell across much of the country. (CBC)

Michigan law enforcement on high alert in response to plan to ‘target and kill police’

Michigan law enforcement is on high alert after the FBI revealed an alleged plot by extremist groups to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also involved a "plan to target and kill police." (Detroit Free Press)

Texas cop charged with murder after weekend shooting

The Texas police officer allegedly involved in a shooting at a gas station on Saturday that resulted in the death of Jonathan Price was arrested and charged with murder, reports said. Shaun David Lucas, an officer at the Wolfe City Police Department, was responding that night to a domestic disturbance call about a possible fight in progress, read a statement from the Texas Rangers, obtained by local media. (Fox News)

Newly filed court documents turn up the heat on non-cooperative RCMP

On Friday, one of the RCMP officers involved in the October 2007 response to a disturbance call at YVR (Vancouver International Airport) which resulted in the tragic death of Polish traveller Robert Dziekanski filed an application with the Federal Court. The officer was trying to force the RCMP to release documents that he has been trying to get for seven years through an Access To Information (ATiP) request. (True North)

Two women dead, suspect shot and wounded by Montreal police

Two women are dead and the suspect in their killing has been hospitalized after exchanging gunfire with police on Saturday. The 59-year-old was arrested, and is expected to appear in court Sunday by teleconference. (CTV)

RCMP accepted poorly qualified applicants

You’d think the RCMP would recruit the best and the brightest in policing. However, an internal audit found the Mounties have accepted applicants who were poorly qualified and some even with criminal records, Blacklock’s Reporter reported. (Toronto Sun)

Police undermined as Toronto gun violence skyrockets

There’s a perfect storm of gun violence going on in Toronto right now that our politicians don’t want to talk about. As of Sunday, shootings are up 12% this year compared to this time last year, and last year there were more shootings than at any time since police began compiling comparable data in 2004. (Toronto Sun)

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