Police charged in child’s death

Three Ontario Provincial Police officers have been charged by the province’s Special Investigations Unit in the November 2020 death of an 18-month-old boy. It was found that the officers shot at the boy's father in his truck during an interception after he allegedly abducted his child. The father died about a week later. [node:read-more:link]

RCMP duped bomb plotters

Nine years after they were arrested after planting what they believed were bombs at the provincial legislature, a B.C. couple who eventually cleared on terrorism charges are suing the RCMP along with the provincial and federal governments. While John Nuttall and Amanda Korody were found guilty in June 2015, the B.C. Court of Appeal found that they had been duped by police into engineering the plot. Citing “serious harm” during their legal odyssey, they are seeking general, special and punitive damages as well as legal costs and interest [node:read-more:link]

RCMP help Australian drug bust

Four people have been arrested in Australia after more than $140 million worth of illegal drugs were discovered in a vintage 1960 Bentley shipped from Canada. Police in New South Wales said border officers received a tip which led to the discovery of methylamphetamine and cocaine hidden in the classic automobile. [node:read-more:link]

Dose of reality for conspiracy theorists

Although she hated “giving airtime . . . to these imbeciles,” the mayor of Peterborough, Ont., Diane Therrien, offered some advice involving “sex and travel” about a group of men who tried to arrest local police on the weekend. They had been directed by a B.C.-based conspiracy theorist to make citizens’ arrests but instead several found themselves taken into custody on a variety of charges. [node:read-more:link]

Mountie stands firm on shooting testimony

A senior RCMP officer who alleged political meddling in the investigation into the 2020 Nova Scotia mass shooting is defending his position. Chief Superintendent Darren Campbell told a parliamentary committee August 16 that he had a “distinct recollection of the content” of a conversation with Commissioner Brenda Lucki in which he said she had promised the government information linked to pending gun-control regulations. [node:read-more:link]

Air India suspect gunned down

Ripudaman Singh Malik, one two men acquitted in the 1985 Air India bombings – a mid-air explosion that killed 329 passengers and crew on a flight to Canada from Mumbai and a failed second attempt that killed two baggage handlers in Japan – was shot to death July 14 in Surrey, B.C. Opinions on his involvement remain deeply divided but police said they believe Malik had been targetted. [node:read-more:link]

Non-lethal projectile use investigated

The circumstances of an Ottawa police officer’s use of a non-lethal projectile against a 37-year-old man who threatened self-harm is being examined by Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit. “At this time, it does not appear that the man suffered any serious injury,” said the SIU, a civilian oversight body mandated to review police incidents that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault, or the discharge of a firearm. [node:read-more:link]

Protests cost RCMP nearly $3 million

The RCMP spent $2.8 million dealing with last winter’s “freedom” blockades in Ottawa and Alberta, excluding regular salaries. This is according to a reply to an Access to Information request CBC access to information request, which also disclosed that most of the total is due to extraordinary travel costs, accommodations and meals during the month-long lockdown in Ottawa. [node:read-more:link]

Opposition MPs free to attend expected protest

As the national capital braces for more “freedom” protests over the Canada Day weekend, interim Conservative Leader Candice Berger says her caucus is free to attend the protests. “I support peaceful and legal demonstrations, and if my MPs want to be there, they're free to do whatever they want, and they'll answer to their constituents,” she said on the weekend. Meanwhile, Ottawa police plan to ensure no long-term blockage of the city’s downtown core. [node:read-more:link]

Disagreement within the RCMP

RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki has rebutted suggestions by an RCMP Superintendent in Nova Scotia that she had tried to manage information released by officers investigating a 2020 mass shooting in that province. “I would never take actions or decisions that could jeopardize an investigation” Lucki stated June 21. “I did not interfere in the ongoing investigations into the largest mass shooting in Canadian history.” [node:read-more:link]

Money laundering report released

A three-year-long public inquiry into money-laundering in British Columbia delivered strong criticism, finding billions of dollars of criminal funds flowed annually through casinos, real estate and luxury goods in the absence of effective federal law enforcement. The report released Wednesday by former B.C. Supreme Court Justice Austin Cullen says the anti-money laundering actions taken by the former BC Liberal government were largely ineffective. [node:read-more:link]

Toronto Police Services vow to "do better"

At a press conference today, Toronto Police Chief James Ramer announced the release of race-based data and admits the results have confirmed the prevalence of systemic discrimination within the organization. "Our own analysis of our own data from 2020 discloses that there is systemic racism in our policing." For this, he apologized "unreservedly", vowing "we must improve and we will do better." [node:read-more:link]

Teenager killed during school shooting rampage

A teenage gunman opened fire at an elementary school in South Texas on Tuesday, killing 19 students, 1 teacher and another adult. The 18-year-old shooter was killed at the scene, possibly by responding officers. Salvador Ramos, who investigators was armed with a handgun, an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and high-capacity magazines, is suspected of shooting his grandmother at the start of the rampage. [node:read-more:link]


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