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#731 Deep Rot in the RCMP
Failure to protect hundreds of missing and murdered Indigenous women. Violent arrests at Wet'suwet'en and Fairy Creek. And now, Portapique. In recent years, controversy has hounded Canada’s storied national police force.

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Reporter Jane Gerster has made it her mission to understand why these problems are happening, and she says that the Mounties  –  which originated as a paramilitary force to defend Canada’s interests in the West –  must grapple with the nature of the institution if they can ever hope to be reformed.

Further reading:

Jane Gerster’s latest piece in the Walrus, “The Dark Side of the RCMP,”

Jane Gerster’s story in Vice about Kystle Knott

CBC’s Mounties on Duty: A History of the RCMP

The RCMP is Broken by Stephen Maher

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November 22, 2021
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