RCMP said they are investigating a complaint into excessive use of force but wouldn't provide details. The teen's mother, however, said she has received a letter saying an investigation found the officers did not commit a crime, and had now moved into a different phase. She said nothing could have justified the use of force on her daughter. "I was so upset when I said OK they were going to keep her, I thought she's OK, she's in their care and control. I didn't ask them to torture her in a jail cell," she said. [LINK]
If you read section 269.1 of the Criminal Code of Canada, it seems perfectly clear that the act as described fits the legal definition of 'torture' perfectly.
You can search this blog for 269.1 [LINK] for more details and back-up to my opinions.
How about this: If we are going to continue to allow the RCMP to investigate themselves, then we need an appeal process with teeth. If an appeal (perhaps to a court) finds that the internal RCMP investigation was flawed, then serious sanctions should be also applied to those that conducted the flawed 'investigation'. It would be a sort-of double-or-nothing approach. If you whitewash the actions of your police brothers, then you lose your job and pay a $100k fine.
If the RCMP is confident of the fairness of their internal investigative process, then they should have zero objections to such an oversight process.
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