RCMP mishandled teen's sexual assault claim, made arrests without reasonable grounds, watchdog says

Mounties failed to adequately investigate a teen’s sexual assault and arrested people without reasonable grounds, according to the civilian watchdog agency that oversees the RCMP.

Those rulings by the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP come from the dozens of public complaint investigations concluded by the agency this year that criticized the actions of RCMP officers.

When a complaint is made against the RCMP, Mounties often carry out the initial investigation and report back to the complainant. If that individual isn’t satisfied with the RCMP’s findings, they can turn the case over to the CRCC.

The CRCC has concluded 168 public investigations so far this year. It disagreed with the RCMP’s initial findings in almost half of them.

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