So far this year, the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP has concluded 168 investigations and disagreed with the RCMP's initial findings in almost half of them.
CRCC reports posted online so far this year concluded that:
The RCMP failed to conduct a reasonable investigation into the death of a teenager.
A Mountie improperly removed children from their mother's custody and failed to ensure the mother was sufficiently dressed when taking her to a police car after her arrest.
RCMP members acted unreasonably when they detained and then arrested a man enjoying a soft drink in public.
The RCMP did not conduct a reasonable investigation of a workplace sexual assault.
RCMP members did not have sufficient grounds to issue a driving suspension for suspected impairment by drugs.
RCMP members unreasonably denied a woman timely medical attention during the execution of a drug search warrant.
The RCMP's policy for ensuring the welfare of children whose parents are arrested was inadequate.
The RCMP lacked reasonable grounds to arrest an individual for public intoxication. The commission also said it was troubled by the fact that the young man in question, who was Black, was the only person arrested as the crowd was dispersed.
Academic Darryl Davies says the system set up by the government to deal with complaints against the RCMP is ‘toothless.’ (Mathieu Theriault/CBC)
Davies said he believes the lack of reform erodes the public's trust in the RCMP.
"I think that Canadians have a right to ensure that the RCMP officers at the rank and file level conduct themselves according to the rule of law. And then when they do engage in acts of violence and acts of discreditable conduct, that there is a process by which they will be held accountable," he said.
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