Thursday, October 17, 2019

Police watchdog investigating officer involved shooting in Kelowna

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is investigating after a man brandishing garden shears was shot by West Kelowna RCMP early Friday morning near Bear Creek Provincial Park. (The Province)

Woman reported missing, found dead at home, police watchdog investigating

RCMP officers checked the woman's residence two days before she was found. B.C.'s police watchdog says it has launched an investigation into the case of a North Vancouver woman who was found dead in her apartment two days after being reported missing. (CBC)

Former Mountie charged with breach of trust following sexual misconduct allegations

KELOWNA - Breach of trust charges brought against a former RCMP officer in Kelowna, B.C., are related to allegations of sexual misconduct involving seven different women, according to court documents filed July 19. The charges against Brian Mathew Burket were announced Wednesday afternoon. (CBC)

Jump in assaults on Calgary police, transit officers due to meth

A rise in methamphetamine on Calgary’s streets is to blame for a spike in assaults on law enforcement officers, officials say. In Calgary, the police service has reported 151 assaults on its officers through the first six months of 2019. That number alone is an increase over the average of 128 annual assaults on police officers the service reported over the last five years. (Calgary Herald)

Police Chief slams possible handgun ban, calls it ‘naive’

The chair of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police has dismissed the idea of a handgun ban in Canada, saying illegal guns are the true driver of gun violence in Canada. (True North)

2 children dead, 10 wounded in crash with stolen police vehicle

DAYTON - Police in Dayton, Ohio say a suspect in a stabbing stole a police SUV and crashed it into a van carrying children, killing two of them. In all, at least 10 people, including the suspect, were sent to hospitals. (WLWT)

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?
  • ‘We’re in distress’: Police union boss blasts decision to fire Daniel Pantaleo over death of Eric Garner

    NEW YORK - In the shadow of an upside down department flag, the head of the city’s largest police union blasted the city’s top cop Monday for firing the officer whose chokehold resulted in the death of Eric Garner. (New York Daily News)

    The RCMP have no choice but to investigate SNC-Lavelin scandal

    The scathing report released by federal Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion this week was damning for the Prime Minister. And not only for him, but for other members of the PMO and the Privy Council Office (PCO). And it has lit the burner under the simmering SNC-Lavalin scandal the Liberals hoped would be dead in the lead up to the election. (True North)

    Cop-hating mob injures three NYPD officers in Brooklyn

    NEW YORK - Roving, cop-hating mobs erupted in violence, taunts and gunfire in Brooklyn overnight into Sunday, leaving three officers with minor injuries. (New York Post)