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RCMP chief's comments about racism fuel tense relations with officers


RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson is making life more difficult for rank-and-file officers by stating publicly that there are racists on the force who he would like to remove from duty, the association that represents the force’s members says. In a strongly worded statement, it said the commissioner’s response earlier this month to questions about racism against indigenous people was rife with sweeping generalizations and puts officers in harm’s way, both legally and personally.

“How is the public supposed to respect officers now, after their own commissioner throws them under the bus?” asked Rob Creasser, a retired Mountie and spokesman for the Mounted Police Professional Association of Canada.


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