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Editorial: MPs must follow through on rural crime study – Westman Journal

by ahnationtalk on December 5, 201852 Views

Town halls held across the country last month gave rural residents a chance to submit their concerns and suggestions for improving law enforcement in their communities. The question is, will Ottawa do something with this information?

December 4, 2018

It took the tragic, 2016 shooting of 22-year-old Colten Boushie on a Biggar, Sask.-area farm to bring the issue of rural crime and a lack of law enforcement resources to the forefront.

In February of this year, Gerald Stanley was acquitted of second degree murder in a case that saw a group of young adults enter his farmyard either seeking help with a flat tire or allegedly attempting to steal property. While public discourse on the case focused on racial tensions between Indigenous and rural agricultural communities, the incident represents the worst-case scenario for what can happen when strangers enter private, rural properties unannounced or uninvited. Rural residents are frustrated with what they see as a lack of protection from both law enforcement agencies and the judicial system.

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