Can the Independent Investigations Office prevent deaths at hands of police?
Welcome to B.C., touted as the “Best Place on Earth”, unless you don’t speak English and become frustrated at YVR (Robert Dziekanski), you’re drinking in public (Ian Bush), you’re Native (Frank Paul), you’re involved in a domestic issue (Alvin Wright), or you have mental health issues (Greg Matters, Paul Boyd) [“News for Youse, September 11, web-only]… Then, we suggest you stay far, far away because history clearly shows our police officers end up killing you!
Let’s see if the newly opened, $10-million-a-year “Independent Investigations Office” will actually bring accountability to this province’s police forces, justice for the families of those citizens senselessly killed by officers, and possibly even restore confidence and trust in our law-enforcement agencies. Perhaps proper training in crisis management, mental health assessment, and just plain common sense might be what our police officers need in order to stop the killing of citizens in distress.
> Jeff Leggat / Duncan, B.C.