Skip to comments.Flood evacuees furious as RCMP enter locked homes to confiscate firearms.
Posted on 06/28/2013 7:01:25 PM PDT by Candor7
High River ( Alberta, Canada) residents mill about an RCMP roadblock where much angry shouting was heard as police refused entry into the town. Residents were astounded to learn the police had broken into homes to confiscate firear
Residents of the previously flooded town of High River, are angry at delays in being allowed back in to the town.
The 13-thousand citizens were ordered out and the town completely evacuated during the flood, but as waters have receded, residents are eager to return home to assess the damage.
The RCMP has been refusing to let people back in as the evacuation stretched into its eighth day, causing a loud confrontation between about 30 officers and 50 residents at one of the roadblocks
When police laid a spike belt across the road, the crowd became even angrier.
Whats next? Tear gas? one resident shouted.
Its just like Nazi Germany, just taking orders, shouted another.
RCMP youtube video shows police entering homes ostensibly looking for abandoned pets. Not shown is how they got in to the locked homes. Then they were further angered when they learned that members of Canadas national police force, the RCMP, had been entering locked homes and confiscating firearms.
Sgt Brian Topham of the RCMP confirmed police had relied on forced entry to get into houses because of urgent need
On Thursday he told reporters that police had confiscated a substantial number of firearms from residents homes.
I find that absolutely incredible that they have the right to go into a persons belongings out of their home, said resident Brenda Lackey, after learning Mounties have been taking residents guns from their homes.
Sgt Topham added, We just want to make sure that all of those things are in a spot that we control, simply because of what they are,
He said the guns will be returned to owners after residents are allowed back in town and they provide proof of ownership,
Civil liberties and firearms experts say that flood or no flood, emergency or not, police do not have the right to break into homes and confiscate property.
This is without precedent, this is unreasonable search and seizure, said Ed Burlew, lawyer and firearms specialist in Ontario. The entry was illegal, its against the charter, it was unreasonable search and seizure. Theres no judge that would uphold the evidence obtained through an illegal entry into a persons home.
Commenting on the police actions, Alberta Premier Allison Redford said on Thursday, These are exceptional circumstances, in an emergency situation we have to have our police ensuring that there is law and order,
Andres McGrath, spokesman for the Ministry of Public Safety in the province said, We have been advised that during the course of searching for individuals unable to make their way to safety, the RCMP discovered firearms that were insecurely stored. Those firearms will be held safely by the RCMP and will be returned to their owners as soon as possible.
There is no special provision in the Criminal Code that allows the police to enter the homes of gun owners during a time of an emergency, said Solomon Friedman, lawyer and firearms specialist in Ottawa. The firearms act is often used by police as a pretext to gain access to private residences that they would not be able to gain access to, the ironic thing here is that if these people were convicted paedophiles the police would not be allowed to enter their homes without warrant, its kind of sad that gun owners have to fight for the same rights as any convicted criminals.
Friday, the Prime Ministers Office waded into the controversy. PMO spokesman Carl Vallée said, We expect that any firearms taken will be returned to their owners as soon as possible. We believe the RCMP should focus on more important tasks such as protecting lives and private property.
New Orleans cops did the same after Hurricane Katrina.
The usurper is taking notes.
Why did they leave their guns ehind?
Man, having your home ransacked by the police. That just sucks. Who can you trust anymore. What a scam. Officer where is my Rollex?
Officer, what rollex, we only took your guns. Non of the 4 rollex watches on my arm will be returned. Oh and your movie collection...
Enquiring minds want to know.
I am surprised they still own guns in Canada.
Now the criminals know the can loot at will.
Yep, shades of Katrina.
The police are the enemy of freedom.
many are. sad thing is it makes people not trust the good ones, out of their own self-safety.
As an ex-canuck, the province of AB is as close as you can get to being Texas. Not only is it conservative and choc full of oil, but the home of separatist movement in canada. However, the national police called The RCMP or Mounties’ never liked the idea of firearms being freely owned by citizens.
So what did they do when faced with a serious gun safe? I want to know the details on this. Serious torch / cutting wheel action, permanently damaging the citizens’ secure storage?
The whole thing appears despicable. So something Obama would likely try, if he thought he could get away with it.
Last time I checked if you were a firearms owner in Canada they do not require a warrant to search your premises .
Sections 102-105 of the Firearms Act
“Commenting on the police actions, Alberta Premier Allison Redford said on Thursday, These are exceptional circumstances, in an emergency situation we have to have our police ensuring that there is law and order,
Well Hell, they just went against the law, and as far as order, breaking into homes isn’t order.
>>> having your home ransacked by the police
Firearms may not be the only thing(s) they are looking for.
Don’t know how normal citizens are going to be able to evacuate lugging gun safe around .......
Illegally entering homes? Didn’t US law enforcement do this in Boston recently?
Like prevention of theft?
No, I guess not.
I believe the Alberta AG has control over what the RCMP does or does not do in Alberta so the pressure belongs there even more than on Harper.
Basically the provinces contract with the RCMP to do their rural policing - not all, but most do.
B. Govt just proving that someone could break in and steal arms.
Those rascally guns will form a gang all of their selves!
“police ensuring that there is law and order;” You’ve said it, davetex.< Hitler and his type love natural disasters, where the police can search, just because it’s a “disaster.”