An editorial by The Globe and Mail, December 9, 2009:
By giving out false information on the fatal tasering of the Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski, and refusing to correct the errors for more than a year, the RCMP persisted in the destruction of the public’s trust in their national police force. Two years earlier, a Mountie spokesman said, “The public doesn’t have a right know anything,” after a British Columbia officer shot and killed a 22-year-old man in unusual circumstances. The RCMP shows by its actions it still seems to believe the public is best left in the dark.
. . . The RCMP brutally killed a newcomer to Canada, put out false information into the public sphere while investigating themselves, then refused to correct the record and held on to a video that showed the horrible truth. The loss of public trust is no mystery.