Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Pickton inquiry slams 'blatant failures' by police

Pickton inquiry slams 'blatant failures' by police
Report recommends Greater Vancouver establish a regional police force
CBC News Posted: Dec 17, 2012 6:31 AM PT Last Updated: Dec 17, 2012 7:32 PM PT

The missing women inquiry into serial killer Robert Pickton has slammed police for botching their investigations and has recommended a single regional police force be created for Greater Vancouver.

Inquiry commissioner Wally Oppal released his final report in Vancouver this afternoon, but advance copies provided to the families of Pickton's victims were leaked to media outlets around 10 a.m. PT.

In his conclusion, Oppal blamed years of inadequate and failed police investigations for allowing Pickton to prey undetected for years on women in the sex trade on Vancouver's troubled Downtown Eastside.

"The police investigations into the missing and murdered women were blatant failures," Oppal said.

"The critical police failings were manifest in recurring patterns of error that went unchecked and uncorrected over several years.

"The underlying causes of these failures … were themselves complex and multi-faceted."

Oppal said those causes included discrimination, a lack of leadership, outdated policing approaches, and a fragmented police structure in the Greater Vancouver region.

Women forsaken 'by society at large'
While Oppal condemned the police investigations, he also found society at large should bear some responsibility for the women's tragic lives.

"I have found that the missing and murdered women were forsaken twice: once by society at large and again by the police," Oppal wrote.

"What we're here to discuss is a tragedy of epic proportions.

The murderous results of white male supremacy are not a "tragedy." They are a CRIME.

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