jaymalo_eh wrote:I thought soemone was just posting in this thread because the judge cleared the Cst of any wrong doing yesterday.
I think what is in the paper today is a different incident...
Police need better briefing, inquiry finds
Sean Myers and Deborah Tetley, Calgary Herald
Published: Wednesday, May 31, 2006
CALGARY - An inquiry into the 2003 shooting death of a Sudanese immigrant points to the need for the Calgary police to step up communication and information available to officers responding to potentially violent calls.
Four out of five of the recommendations by fatality inquiry Judge Gerald Meagher point to communication breakdowns the night Const. Ira Macumber responded to a disturbance call in a southeast Calgary apartment hallway.
While some members of the Sudanese community are still angry, the lawyer for Deng Fermino Kuol's family said he accepts the findings.
Police Chief Jack Beaton said Tuesday all the recommendations have been implemented or are in the process of being addressed.
On Oct. 25, 2003, police were called to an apartment to ask a drunken, knife-wielding Deng Fermino Kuol to leave the property, the inquiry heard.
Following a struggle, Kuol was fatally shot twice in the neck by Macumber.
What Macumber didn't know when he set out alone that night was that another police officer had been attacked months earlier at that same address, the judge noted.
"There was information available on the (system) regarding Mr. Fermino and the location which could have altered the course of events," reads the report.
The fifth recommendation calls for the police department to review its two-officer unit policy.
Beaton said the policy has been updated since Kuol's death. He said there are still situations, day or night, when it is not worth sending two officers to a scene.
"This was a 'check on welfare' call, which are the highest number of calls we get," said Beaton. "(Macumber) expected to find someone drunk and passed out in a hallway. When he got there things changed quickly. Our officer reacted with the training we gave him."
Calgary Police Association president Al Koenig said one-officer units respond to calls overnight "on a regular basis."
"It happens too often," Koenig said. "One of these times we are going to have another fatality."
George Blochert, the lawyer for the Kuol family during the fatality inquiry, said he supports the recommendations.
"The reality is you can have another situation with a slightly different set of circumstances and have another death," said Blochert. "But these were good recommendations appropriate to the goal of the fatality inquiry of trying to prevent this sort of thing from happening again."
Meagher determined the officer's use of force was necessary, as did an internal investigation.
Macumber, who is on paid leave, declined comment Tuesday.
Tut Kueth of the Alberta New Sudan Community Association said he still thinks Macumber should've been charged. "We're upset over this and it's not just Sudanese, all Calgarians should be upset," said Kueth.
Â© The Edmonton Journal 2006
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Gunfights are no place for a dog, period. A suspect with a knife may possibly be engaged by K9, depending on the circumstances.
If an officers life is in immediate harm and there is no better option, then the dog would be deployed.
As already mentioned K9 is less than lethal force, and should not be the use of force option, where a firearm normally would be used.
I would gladly give up my dogs life for another officers life. My dog for a shit rat though.........i'm not too sure.
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