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Calgary councillor opens conversation on rise in police shootings

On Tuesday, police were involved in another shooting, killing a woman

Police involved shootings are making headlines in Calgary, as police have been, or are being, investigated for ten shootings so far in 2016.

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Police involved shootings are making headlines in Calgary, as police have been, or are being, investigated for ten shootings so far in 2016.

Ten police shootings, five deadly – 2016 hasn’t been an easy year for Calgary police officers.

And on Tuesday, after news of another police shooting, Coun. Brian Pincott is questioning whether Calgary police are equipped to deal with the rise in crime that Chief Roger Chaffin is linking to increased fentanyl and other illicit substance abuse.

And although Pincott said he knows it’s a controversial topic, he’s chosen to speak out about the issue and question why the city is having this problem – for the sake of Calgarians and officers who are dealing with this increase in tragedy.

“We had another person die from a police shooting, I refuse to accept that’s the new normal,” said Pincott, noting from what he understands Calgary has had more police-involved shootings in 2016 than Toronto. “I refuse to accept that Calgary is twice as violent and twice as dangerous as Toronto, because if you put it in relative terms, that’s what’s happening here.”

At another police-involved shooting press conference, the second in two weeks, Chaffin said police would ask the Police Commission for an independent review of these shootings, to ensure police are properly equipped in their policies and training to deal with the “changing nature of criminality” in Calgary.

Pincott said citizens need to start questioning what’s happening in their city, and he said he’d do what he can to address the questions he has through police.

“I’m trying to start asking the questions, start getting the conversation going,” he said. “We default to a position of deference to authority…it’s appropriate to question authority.”In the latest death, CPS says a one-year police officer was behind the gun that fatally wounded a woman who was carrying a knife in each hand. Pincott said in these cases it’s not just the five victims who have died, but the effect these shootings have on the officers and their colleagues he’s worried about.

Ten police shootings, five deadly – 2016 hasn’t been an easy year for Calgary police officers.

And on Tuesday, after news of another police shooting, Coun. Brian Pincott is questioning whether Calgary police are equipped to deal with the rise in crime that Chief Roger Chaffin is linking to increased fentanyl and other illicit substance abuse.

And although Pincott said he knows it’s a controversial topic, he’s chosen to speak out about the issue and question why the city is having this problem – for the sake of Calgarians and officers who are dealing with this increase in tragedy.

“We had another person die from a police shooting, I refuse to accept that’s the new normal,” said Pincott, noting from what he understands Calgary has had more police-involved shootings in 2016 than Toronto. “I refuse to accept that Calgary is twice as violent and twice as dangerous as Toronto, because if you put it in relative terms, that’s what’s happening here.”

At another police-involved shooting press conference, the second in two weeks, Chaffin said police would ask the Police Commission for an independent review of these shootings, to ensure police are properly equipped in their policies and training to deal with the “changing nature of criminality” in Calgary.

Pincott said citizens need to start questioning what’s happening in their city, and he said he’d do what he can to address the questions he has through police.

“I’m trying to start asking the questions, start getting the conversation going,” he said. “We default to a position of deference to authority…it’s appropriate to question authority.”

In the latest death, CPS says a one-year police officer was behind the gun that fatally wounded a woman who was carrying a knife in each hand. Pincott said in these cases it’s not just the five victims who have died, but the effect these shootings have on the officers and their colleagues he’s worried about.

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