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Canadian police had ‘no authority’ to search pipeline activists, says watchdog

Canadian police had ‘no authority’ to search pipeline activists, says



Letter offers scathing criticism of police’s tactics against Wet’suwet’en people amid growing protest over gas pipelineCanadian federal police had “no legal authority” to make ID checks and searches on activists seeking to block a pipeline project on Indigenous territory, according to newly released correspondence from the force’s oversight body.The nine-page letter written by Michelaine Lahaie, chair of the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP, offers scathing criticism of the police’s continued use of tactics against Indigenous people which she had previously warned against. Continue reading…



Source link : https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/20/canada-pipeline-protests-no-authority-search-protesters

Author : Tracey Lindeman in Ottawa

Publish date : 2020-02-20 21:12:07

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