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Disturbing allegations against RCMP in northern B.C.

The Tachie reserve in northern B.C. © 2012 Samer Muscati/Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch often makes headlines after uncovering abuses in places like Syria.  But now it's revealing abuses in Northern B.C.  Daybreak's Betsy Trumpener speaks with Meghan Rhoad, the lead researcher of "Those Who Take Us Away:  Abusive Policing and Failures in Protection of Indigenous Women and Girls in Northern B.C."

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The RCMP says it takes the allegations seriously, but won't be able to address complaints if they aren't brought to police's attention.  Steve Lus has prepared this report.

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(Read more) The full response and a link to the Human Rights Watch report:
RCMP Responds to Human Rights Watch Report

The RCMP takes the allegations enclosed in the Human Rights Watch Report very seriously. 

The unimaginable loss and pain felt by families and loved ones of missing and murdered persons is also felt across our communities. The RCMP looks forward to working with our government and non-government partners, as well the communities we serve to provide Canadians with the professional and accountable police service they expect and deserve.

In a written response to a series of questions posed by Human Rights Watch in fall 2012, the RCMP emphasized the seriousness of allegations of police misconduct and that these allegations must be brought forward for proper investigation.  We also explained that complaints could be made to the RCMP directly, to the Commission of Public Complaints against the RCMP or to other independent investigative bodies without fear of retaliation.

Unfortunately, five months later and none of these allegations have been brought forward for investigation. It is impossible to deal with such public and serious complaints when we have no method to determine who the victims or the accused are.

British Columbians know and have seen that police officers are being held accountable for their actions and are being charged and even dismissed for clearly breaching their authorities and our expectations.

Since a final copy of the completed report was only provided to the RCMP on Tuesday February 12, 2013, we will need to take the necessary time to review it in its entirety in order to provide any additional information, facts or context.

Released by:
Janice Armstrong
Chief Superintendent
Deputy Criminal Operations Officer

For more, visit: RCMP accused of repeated abuse of B.C. aboriginal women

You can also see the full report:  "Those Who Take Us Away:  Abusive Policing and Failures in Protection of Indigenous Women and Girls in Northern B.C."

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