LETTER: It’s time to revisit RCMP policing Surrey and White Rock

It’s like the Wild West - shoot first, ask questions later. But in the Wild West, if you shot an unarmed man you were charged with murder.

Considering the RCMP's history

The Editor,

It is with alarm that I have been watching the news as it relates to the RCMP.

On July 18, three or four constables shot and killed young Hudson Brooks. The reports out of the RCMP office is that he was “suicidal.” Witness reports seem to disagree with that.

But to shoot him? How does that save a suicidal boy?

Two days earlier, in Dawson Creek, the RCMP ran into a man in a mask. They report him with a knife. Again, witness reports do not agree with that. He was shot and killed.

As I see it, all the RCMP constables have been through school learning “to serve and protect.” Does that teach them to shoot unarmed boys? This looks to be a major flaw in the RCMP training.

It’s almost as if this is the Wild West where they shoot first and ask questions later. But in the Wild West, people who shot unarmed people were charged with murder.

Maybe it’s time to have sober look at how we are protected.

Martin Friesen, White Rock

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