Deadly drugs found, that’s the argument
Re: A lot can hang on whether a dog sits, Jan. 25
If, in fact, the question for B.C. Supreme Court Justice Michael Brundrett was simply, did Doods the police dog sit or only half-sit (because there was a concrete barrier in the way), then Canadian justice is in big trouble.According to Health Canada statistics, from January to June in 2018 there were 2,066 deaths due to opioids. Around 75 per cent of those could be attributed to fentanyl. Then consider that according to MADD statistics, 2,097 lives were lost in 2014 due to accidents caused by a combination of drugs and alcohol and, in November of 2018, the Canadian government gave extended powers to the RCMP to stop and breathalyze whomever they choose.My understanding is that a dog and his handler work closely as a team and the handler can pick up on subtle messages from the dog that anyone unfamiliar might miss. And, how about giving some credit to the police officer for his instinct and experience.It is a travesty that Sandor Rigo was found not guilty and is free to carry on his illegal activities that could ultimately contribute to more Canadian deaths.Justice Brundrett, you have become part of the problem rather than the solution. Roberta Fulton, Calgary
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