RCMP Violates Property Rights of High River Flood Victims, Searches Homes and Seizes Their Firearms Without Warrant

It’s a story we’ve seen too many times before... the RCMP willingly and completely without legal justification searches homes without a warrant and seizes firearms “for the public good”.  No crime is alleged or presumed, just the same tired old mantra “Guns Are Bad” and therefore must be seized.  Illegally, I might add.

High River Alberta's flood victims are victimized again, this time by the very people supposedly there to "protect and serve" them.  This story and the RCMP's self-righteousness both make me want to vomit.

“We just want to make sure that all of those things are in a spot that we control, simply because of what they are,” said Sgt. Brian Topham.  “People have a significant amount of money invested in firearms ... so we put them in a place that we control and that they’re safe.”

Someone needs to reign in these thieves.  Whoever gave this decision to steal the private property of law-abiding Canadians must be fired.

An example must be made that here in Canada, we have Rights that must be respected.  Maybe then the thieves at the RCMP will stop violating our Charter Rights with impunity.

 

HIGH RIVER — RCMP revealed Thursday that officers have seized a “substantial amount” of firearms from homes in the evacuated town of High River. That news didn’t sit well with a crowd of frustrated residents who planned to breach a police checkpoint northwest of the town as an evacuation order stretched into its eighth day.

“I find that absolutely incredible that they have the right to go into a person’s belongings out of their home,” said resident Brenda Lackey, after learning Mounties have been taking residents’ guns. “When people find out about this there’s going to be untold hell to pay."

About 30 RCMP officers set up a blockade at the checkpoint, preventing 50 residents from walking into the town. Dozens more police cars, lights on, could be seen lining streets in the town on standby. Officers laid down a spike belt to stop anyone from attempting to drive past the blockade. That action sent the crowd of residents into a rage.

“What’s next? Tear gas?” shouted one resident.

“It’s just like Nazi Germany, just taking orders,” shouted another.

“This is the reason the U.S. has the right to bear arms,” said Charles Timpano, pointing to the group of Mounties.  Officers were ordered to fall back about an hour into the standoff in order to diffuse the situation and listen to residents’ concerns.

“We don’t want our town to turn into another New Orleans,” said resident Jeff Langford. “The longer that the water stays in our houses the worse it’s going to be. We’ll either be bulldozing them or burning them down because we’ve got an incompetent government.”

Langford blasted High River Mayor Emile Blokland over comments made Wednesday in which Blokland said residents will be allowed to return after businesses, such as hardware and drug stores, are opened.

“It was ridiculous,” said Langford. “I think he’s a puppet on a string.”  Langford said Premier Redford should come to High River to address residents’ concerns and provide information.

“This is at the highest tension,” he said. “What’s going to happen next is that people are just going to be walking across these fields, and I don’t care if they put hundreds of thousand of police officers there, they’re not going to stop from getting in.”

Sgt. Topham said he didn’t know when residents would be allowed to return to their homes. “People much higher up are going to make those decisions,” he said.

Ah, yes.... people much higher up the food chain will make the decision on when residents will be allowed to return home, but Sgt. Topham and his superior officer are perfectly willing to decide that stealing private property is okay.  Got it. 

I feel so much better now, don’t you?

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