After the Gerald Stanley verdict, RCMP faces a challenge: how to repair relations in rural Saskatchewan
Indigenous and non-Indigenous residents alike have pointed questions over the way RCMP carried out their investigation into Boushie's deathA week after a controversial not-guilty verdict in the shooting death of Colten Boushie in Saskatchewan, questions continue to gnaw at Clint Wuttunee, chief of the Red Pheasant Cree Nation: Why didn’t RCMP do a better job of securing the crime scene? And why did they treat Boushie’s family and friends so insensitively in the immediate aftermath?
© DARRYL DYCK Man dies after RCMP Tasering in Chilliwack
Chilliwack RCMP are being investigated by the province's independent police watchdog after a man in their custody died Saturday.
He had been hit with a conducted energy weapon, commonly known by the brand name Taser, after police responded to a call about an alleged parental abduction of his child.
"During police interaction with the male, a conducted energy weapon was deployed," the Independent Investigation Office of B.C. stated in a release Saturday. "Shortly afterwards the male went into medical distress. Emergency Health Services was called.
RCMP searching for suspect after attempted break-in, gunshot on farm west of North Battleford
Battleford RCMP responded to a call on a rural property west of North Battleford, where the homeowners say someone trespassed on their property and nearly shot the husband in the head.In a news release, Battleford RCMP confirmed they attended a complaint of breaking and entering at a rural property at approximately 5 a.m. CST on Feb. 18.
"However the male did not survive."
The incident reignites a long-simmering debate over police use of force, and in particular whether what proponents call "less-than-lethal" weapons are in fact that.
Last October marked 10 years since a similar death in RCMP custody sparked international outrage, after 40-year-old Polish man Robert Dziekanski was Tasered while in distress at Vancouver airport and died. Police came under fire for seizing witnesses' video footage.
The province held a public inquiry into the issue in 2009, which led to perjury charges filed against four Mounties. One was sentenced to 30 months in prison for lying on February 20, 2015.
The IIOBC investigates B.C. police departments' use of force resulting in injury or death. The independent agency remained on scene during the weekend "obtaining physical evidence, reviewing available CCTV footage, interviewing any civilian witnesses and designating and interviewing officers."
Manitoba RCMP searching for The Pas resident .
Manitoba RCMP searching for The Pas residentRCMP have issued an arrest warrant for a missing woman.