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RCMP defends use of secretive cellphone surveillance technology for the first time

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An IMSI catcher pretends to be a cellphone tower to attract nearby cell signals. When it does, it can intercept the unique ID number associated with your phone, the International Mobile Subscriber Identity, or IMSI. That number can then be used to track your phone. (CBC)

Unprecedented briefing with reporters comes in wake of CBC investigation into illegal spying in Ottawa

By Dave Seglins, Matthew Braga, Catherine Cullen, CBC News, April 5, 2017

The RCMP for the first time is publicly confirming it uses cellphone surveillance devices in investigations across Canada — but at the same time says the potential of unauthorized snooping in Ottawa, as reported by CBC News, poses a threat to national security. Read the rest of this entry

RCMP watchdog’s probe into review of northern B.C. policing thwarted by poor record keeping

RCMP car logoAgency looked at reports of public intoxication, missing persons, domestic violence and strip searches

By Alison Crawford, CBC News, Feb 15, 2017

The RCMP’s federal watchdog has found that nearly half of the missing persons reports in northern British Columbia fail to show that Mounties investigated cases quickly or thoroughly.

It’s one of the findings of the self-initiated report by the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP, which is looking into how Mounties do their jobs in the 35 detachments in B.C.’s North District.

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Canadian police hit by major computer network outage

RCMP car logo‘It’s like flying blind,’ 1 frontline RCMP officer said about computer outage

By Alison Crawford, CBC News Jan 19, 2017

The failure of a critical core computer network device prevented Mounties and other police agencies including the Toronto Police Service from accessing a critical computer program they need to do their jobs called the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) database. Read the rest of this entry

RCMP officers cleared in shooting death of Site C protester in Dawson Creek

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The scene of the RCMP shooting in Dawson Creek, BC, July 16, 2015.

James McIntyre was killed by RCMP after he confronted them wearing a mask and wielding a knife

By Andrew Kurjata, CBC News, November 16, 2016

The Independent Investigations Office has cleared an RCMP officer of any wrong-doing in a fatal shooting in Dawson Creek last year.

On the evening of July 16, two officers were dispatched to the Stonebridge Hotel where a meeting on the controversial Site C dam project had just taken place. Read the rest of this entry

Identities of two Mi’kmaq Warriors on RCMP ‘threat’ list revealed

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Women warriors at a tire fire blockade on Hwy 11, Dec 2, 2013, during resistance to SWN exploratory work for fracking.

by Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, November 10, 2016

APTN National News has identified two of the individuals on a list of 89 Indigenous rights activists considered “threats” by the RCMP following a review of details contained in a recently released report compiled by the federal police force’s intelligence centre. Read the rest of this entry

The RCMP’s “Project Sitka” full PDF document

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For your viewing pleasure, the full PDF document of Project Sitka, which identified 89 Indigenous people regarded as “threats.”  To view the PDF click: project-sitka-report

RCMP intelligence centre compiled list of 89 Indigenous rights activists considered “threats”

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Mi’kmaq warriors at tire fire blockade near Elsipogtog, New Brunswick, December 2013.

by Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, November 7, 2016
Rattled by Idle No More and Mi’kmaq-led anti-shale gas demonstrations, the RCMP compiled a list of 89 individuals considered “threats” as part of an operation aimed at improving the federal police force’s intelligence capacity when facing Indigenous rights demonstrations, according to an internal intelligence report. Read the rest of this entry

RCMP were afraid to let officers testify at inquest of Nunavut man shot by police

rcmp-truck-dirtFelix Taqqaugaq, 30, was shot by police 3 times at his home in Igloolik in 2012

By Nick Murray, CBC News, November 2, 2016

New details emerged into how a 30-year-old man was shot by RCMP at his own home as a coroner’s inquest got underway in Igloolik, Nunavut, Tuesday — including the fact the RCMP was afraid to let its officers testify in person. Read the rest of this entry

RCMP visit Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw after eviction notices served to fish farms

The RCMP came unannounced into our community of Ukwanalis (Kingcome Inlet) but our leaders stood strong and committed in standing our ground.
“You guys say you are peacekeepers but when you look at the UN Declaration and it talks about the genocide of indigenous people, and that it will no longer happen and yet this is what’s happening in our territory. The very thing that we live off of are being killed off.” -Okwilogame

Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw Cleansing Our Waters

Sask. chiefs accuse RCMP of fuelling racial tensions in wake of deadly shooting

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Colten Boushie. Graphic: APTN

FSIN says initial media release issued by Mounties showed bias against shooting victim

By Tim Fontaine, CBC News, August 12, 2016

The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations says the way RCMP initially described the shooting death of an unarmed Indigenous man is fuelling racial tensions in Saskatchewan.

Colten Boushie, 22, was a passenger in a car with four other people when he was shot and killed on Aug. 9 on a farm near Biggar, Sask. His family says the group was simply going to ask for help with a flat tire. Read the rest of this entry