An update now to the request for an investigation into the RCMP gun-grab in High River, Alberta.
The Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP (CPC) confirms a review of RCMP actions is now underway:
Ian McPhail, Q.C., Interim Chair of the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP (Commission), has initiated a public interest investigation into the conduct of RCMP members involved in entering private residences and seizing firearms following flooding in High River, Alberta.
Given the concerns expressed by some members of the public and the ensuing media coverage of RCMP actions in High River, the Commission will examine whether the members’ actions complied with all appropriate policies, procedures, guidelines and statutory requirements.
RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson, in a letter to the Commission, stated his support for an independent review of RCMP actions in High River and assured the Interim Chair that the RCMP will cooperate in all aspects of the public interest investigation.
The Commission is an independent agency created by Parliament to ensure that public complaints made about the conduct of RCMP members are examined fairly and impartially. The Commission is not part of the RCMP.
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SOURCE: Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP
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Here’s what the CPC tells Sun News reporter Mike Blanchard:
- Review will be done by civilian investigators and not by police.
- Investigation will review RCMP files, emails, notes.
- CPC does not have power to subpoena testimony; CPC indicates RCMP Commish has promised full cooperation…
- CPC expects investigation will be concluded by October.
- Final report will be made public and may contain recommendations to RCMP policies or procedures. CPC has no authority to impose penalties against RCMP members.
At face value, this investigation appears perfectly toothless in procedure (i.e. no power to subpoena) AND outcome (i.e. ‘reccomendations’ without penalty).
Wonder if ‘RCMP files’ under investigation will include correspondence with elected government officials at the provincial and federal level as well…