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Monitor says Mounties block oversight
Oct 2, 2005, 19:00 GMT

TORONTO, ON, Canada (UPI) -- The director of the complaints commission for Canada`s national police says the force has been using national security to avoid scrutiny.

Shirley Heafey, in a speech she is to deliver Monday, cited her attempt to investigate a raid on a family that led to their detention but not to any criminal charges. Heafey gave the Toronto Globe and Mail an advance copy of her text.

In the speech, Heafey says masked members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police broke down the door, fired rubber bullets and seized family photographs.

'This is a family that claims it was seriously traumatized by this incident,' she said. 'Was the RCMP justified in what it did? I don`t know. Maybe yes, maybe no ... . I can`t do the job Parliament gave me.'

Heafey said the RCMP has developed 'an us-against-them mentality.'

The speech before the Canadian Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement is Heafey`s swan song as she steps down after seven years with the complaints commission.

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