Calling for accountability from the RCMP after former soldier shot dead
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Greg had served as a peacekeeper in Bosnia and left the army with PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
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That evening, police arrived at the house where he lived with his mother asked him uk canada goose to meet them on the road.
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RCMP officers who had been on the scene told investigators that Greg had threatened them with a hatchet, so Rosenthal ruled that they had shot Greg lawfully in self defence.
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„Isn’t the mother an ally who can help you de escalate the situation?” said David Eby who was legal counsel for the BC Civil Liberties Association before his election to the provincial legislature.
„It’s pretty clear to me that she wasn’t seen as such by the ERT,” Erby said.
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„I believe it’s a situation where the RCMP will be investigating the RCMP,” said Tracey Matters. „From what I’ve heard from other canada goose coats cases, it’s one of the most unsatisfactory processes.”
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