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Nearly 3,000 complaints filed against RCMP officers in 2018-19, up 13 per cent from year prior; excessive use of force one of most common complaints

By Peter Mazereeuw      

Black Canadians and Indigenous peoples ‘are over-policed, overcharged, over-injured and killed when being arrested by police,’ says NDP public safety critic Jack Harris. Now is the time to beef up oversight of the RCMP, and there’s already a bill in Parliament that can do it, says national security expert Stephanie Carvin.

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair, pictured on April 20, 2020, at a press conference in Ottawa following the shooting in Portapique, N.S. Mr. Blair is the minister responsible for the RCMP, which was the subject of more than 9,000 complaints from Canadian civilians in the four years leading up to 2019. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Canadian residents filed 2,988 complaints about the conduct of RCMP officers in 2018-19, a 13 per cent increase from the year prior, and excessive use of force was one of the most common subjects of complaint.

Peter Mazereeuw

Peter Mazereeuw is a deputy editor for The Hill Times covering politics, legislation, and the Senate.
- peter@hilltimes.com


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