Sunday, September 25, 2005

Police pay tribute to fallen officers, relatives vow lobbying campaign

"We challenge every judge and parole board in Canada to do what they've been appointed to do," said Keith Myrol, whose son died in Mayerthorpe.

"Simply remove dangerous, violent people from society. We've all heard it over and over again, how police catch the criminals and the courts let them go."

The four Mounties who died in March were gunned down by James Roszko, a loner who was well-known locally for his violent tendencies, hatred of police and lengthy list of offences.

The four officers had been dispatched to Roszko's farm to stake out a marijuana grow operation. Roszko ambushed them there, then killed himself.

There were complaints at the time that senior RCMP supervisors should have sent a more heavily armed tactical squad to deal with Roszko. The slayings also fed a growing debate over marijuana grow ops, and the Liberal government's proposal to decriminalize simple possession of pot.

Did the gun registry protect the officers - officer safety was supposedly one of the reasons it was implemented?

What type of weapon did Roszko use? Was it registered?

Why would it take 18 months to investigate such a high profile case?

Why wasn't Roszko in custody long before the murders?


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