Thursday, October 21, 2021

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)

Oregon ‘hostage situation’ leads to multiple deaths

A reported "hostage situation" in Oregon on Monday led to a fatal shooting with multiple deaths, according to officials. The Marion County Sheriff's Office said in a news release the incident unfolded at 12:30 p.m. local time at a home in Salem over the possible hostage situation. A trained negotiator with the office's Hostage Negotiation Team then made a call to the suspect inside. (Fox News)

Politics take priority over policing in John Tory’s Toronto

In an ideal world, politics and the police should be arm’s length. Politicians should not interfere in the business of policing. Unfortunately, that is far from the truth in Canada’s largest city. (True North)

NYPD charge at, arrest BLM protesters amid diners

NEW YORK - Dramatic video shows NYPD officers, some in riot gear, arrest a group of protesters in the midst of outdoor diners in the West Village on Saturday night. (New York Post)

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