Thursday, June 15, 2017

Need a Reminder? RCMP Illegally Seized Guns in High River!

Lets not forget what happened in High River, Alberta, in 2013! Was this a psych-ops operation, you know, to see how the public reacts or maybe it was a rogue RCMP unit?
Whatever it was, so much for individual rights in Canada. You may not realize it at the moment, but our rights are disappearing fast!
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The script was clear. So we were told.
The cops kicked down doors looking for survivors.
If there was a gun just sitting on the coffee table in the living room in plain sight, left in the hurry of an evacuation after being removed from a flooded basement, well, the police would take it to their detachment for safekeeping.
That’s not what happened.
Danielle Smith is the Wildrose leader and lives in High River.
Smith says there’s the issue of no one in authority coming clean on what was really going down.
“We weren’t given the truth,” says Smith.
“The RCMP were actually returning to homes multiple times doing searches specifically for firearms not in plain sight. We were told one thing in the middle of the crisis and then come back into our community and find out the story was completely different and 1,900 homes were severely damaged.”
“People were appalled at not being given the straight goods. It was a betrayal. Someone has to be accountable.”
Smith speaks of the RCMP “searching drawers and closets” on the hunt for guns.
Then there were houses in the town not even flooded. Some of them still got the boot.
“In some cases the only damage to a person’s home was the fact the door had been bashed in, smashed and falling off the door jamb.”
Smith says things changed after the prime minister’s office fired off a statement suggesting the cops “should focus on more important tasks such as protecting lives and private property.”
The province took control and the cops let in the first group of High River residents.
If we hadn’t seen the switch to provincial authority “who knows how long the continued search for firearms would have gone on?”
Smith also finds it “very peculiar” the local RCMP were put on leave for a month after the fourth day of the flood.
She adds it’s frustrating most of those with top billing when the guns got grabbed have moved on.
In the end, either a politician made the gun grab call or the RCMP went solo. Neither option is pretty.
“Somebody is in trouble. Either the politicians called for it and knew about it or the RCMP acted without oversight and authority,” says Smith.
High River’s Mayor Craig Snodgrass is curious to see the report when it finally comes out.
Snodgrass says this gun grab is not a High River issue. It’s a Canadian issue.
“I don’t care if it’s guns or what they took out of the houses, whenever it’s private property you have to answer for it,” says Snodgrass.
The mayor says unless this investigation answers all the questions in detail people in an emergency anywhere in Canada could be less willing to leave when disaster strikes.
Somebody could get killed some day.
“People have lost trust and that needs to be restored for all Canadians. Period.”
FULL DOCUMENTARY - Broken Trust: Gun Grab at High River
Published on Dec 11, 2013
Sun News Network's premier feature documentary detailing the abuse of government power in the wake of the Alberta floods.
High River Gun Grab
Published on Dec 3, 2013
Byline's Brian Liley and Ottawa lawyer Solomon Friedman shine some light on the RCMP's weaselspeak as they attempt to cover their tracks over the High River gun thefts.
High River residents paid $2.3M for controversial RCMP home and gun sweeps during 2013 flood
Douglas Quan
June 14, 2016
A fence cordons off condemned houses Monday, June 2, 2014 that will be demolished one year after a devastating flood in High River, Alta
More than $2.3 million in compensation has been paid out to High River, Alta., homeowners whose doors and windows were busted through and floors muddied when authorities carried out controversial house sweeps during historic floods in June 2013.
Provincial and town officials confirm the claims process is pretty much complete and close to 1,600 claimants have received cheques averaging about $1,500.
A report released last year found that RCMP-led search teams used crowbars and sledgehammers, in some instances, to gain entry to homes and dragged mud and debris across floors as they searched for stranded people and pets and checked for gas leaks, weapons and other hazards.
Kevan Yeats swims after his cat Momo to safety in High River, Alta. on June 20, 2013
The house entries and seizures of more than 600 firearms sparked outrage among residents and even claims that gun safes had been breached by the Mounties. But an investigation by the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP could find no evidence to support those claims.
The watchdog did, however, criticize the Mounties for carrying out, in some cases, overly broad searches for firearms and contraband and for improperly seizing a number of guns that had been lawfully secured. (The Criminal Code allows only for warrantless seizures of unsecured firearms or contraband that are in “plain view”).
All firearms seized by police were later returned, except those that went unclaimed or were asked to be destroyed by their owners.
Wreckage lies along Center Street in High River, Alberta
The 2013 floods across southern Alberta forced the evacuation of 100,000 people and caused billions of dollars in damage.
In hard-hit High River, a town of 13,000 south of Calgary, RCMP-led search teams entered more than 4,600 homes, sometimes more than once. They used force to get into 754 of them, according to official reports, though the number was likely higher due to incomplete record keeping.
Residents who wished to file a damage claim were instructed to file a report with the RCMP and include photographs and receipts for repairs they performed. More than 2,100 claims were submitted.
“Residents would submit their claims to the RCMP, and once approved by the RCMP, the Town would send them a cheque,” said High River spokesman Kevin Tetzlaff in an email. “The Town would then be reimbursed from the province through its own Disaster Recovery Program claim.”
To date, 1,574 claims have been paid out in the amount of $2,340,440.83, said Tim Seefeldt, a spokesman for Alberta Municipal Affairs. The average amount paid was $1,485.24.
The largest amount paid was $63,001.06 — but it was for a building with multiple units, Seefeldt said.
“The claims were covered by the Government of Alberta, but will be eligible for federal reimbursement,” he said.
Meanwhile, the last of thousands of damage claims stemming from the flooding itself are being processed.
Southern Alberta residents were invited to apply to the province’s Disaster Recovery Program for financial assistance to cover uninsurable losses.
As of late May, the province had paid out more than $145 million to more than 6,500 home and business owners — roughly half went to those in High River. About 200 claims have not been finalized and about 80 appeals are still pending.
A group of High River residents sent a report to the province earlier this year to draw attention to the unresolved cases and to what they said were “systemic failings” with the program, including the lack of an effective case management system.

The province has committed to reviewing the program and making improvements.
RCMP watchdog raps Mounties over High River gun seizures during 2013 flood
New report recommends creation of crisis communications handbook, guidelines on gun seizures
By Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press
Posted: Feb 12, 2015
Emergency personnel, including the Mounties, did "a remarkable job" overall responding to the natural disaster in the initial days, according to a new report from the RCMP Civilian Review and Complaints Commission. (Jordan Verlage/Canadian Press)
The RCMP watchdog says Mounties improperly took guns from flood-stricken homes in Alberta two years ago — seizures that angered High River residents and fostered mistrust of the national police force.

In a report released Thursday, the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission blames the mistakes on poor leadership, lack of guidance and failure to communicate with the public.
The RCMP had legal authority to forcibly enter evacuated homes during the natural disaster and even to seize loose firearms in plain view, the commission report says.
The Mounties say the guns could have posed a hazard, as there were reports of break-ins and thefts, and there were over 300 people — including one high-risk offender — who refused to evacuate.
Under the Criminal Code, such seizures did not require a court-approved warrant, but officers failed to take the necessary next step of reporting their actions to a judge.
In addition, RCMP members exceeded their authority by seizing some guns that were properly secured or that were not "in plain view," the commission found.
In all, 609 firearms were taken from 105 homes.
RCMP 'failed to comply with legal requirements'
"While RCMP members, acting on their own initiative and with little guidance, may have acted with public safety in mind, they nonetheless failed to comply with legal requirements concerning the seizure of firearms," the report says.
"Had the RCMP reported their seizures to the court, it may have addressed many of the concerns and criticisms from residents, the media, and politicians."
In June 2013, heavy rainfall caused the Highwood River to swell, uprooting trees and engulfing cars and homes.
During the crisis, RCMP, provincial and municipal police, the military, first responders and volunteers rescued some 800 people.
Overall, emergency personnel, including the Mounties, did "a remarkable job" responding to this natural disaster in the initial days, the report says.
What should have been a story about heroic actions of many RCMP members during the devastating flood turned out to be "something far different" for the force, the commission notes.
'Contradictory or incomplete' information
Watchdog staff interviewed dozens of people and reviewed over 10,000 pages of documents, emails, notes and seizure logs, as well as more than 1,000 images and 50 videos.
The commission says RCMP leadership failed to adequately plan for communications with the public during the catastrophe, which prompted difficulties when word of the forced entries and seizures began circulating.
"What we found was that, all too often, social media filled the gap that the communications people were unable to fill," commission chairman Ian McPhail said in an interview.
"And in some instances contradictory or incomplete information was communicated to the public."
The report makes several recommendations, including creation of:
  • a national crisis communications handbook;
  • guidelines on seizure of firearms, ammunition and contraband during disasters;
  • special forms to ensure better note-taking about forced entries.
The commission will issue a final report once the RCMP responds. McPhail said he would be surprised if the recommendations were not accepted and implemented.
"They're all doable. They don't require huge expense," he said.
"They simply require a more focused attention to how to respond to natural disaster situations."
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