On Thursday, 4 RCMP officers were shot and killed while checking out a marijuana grow-op on an acreage northwest of Edmonton - the lone gunman ambushed the officers and shot them with a high powered rifle. All 4 officers were fairly junior with 3 years or less on the job. The gunman then shot himself and died.
This is the worst loss of live at one time for Canadian police in 120 years, since the 1885 Riel Rebellion.
I don't know what it's like in the U.S., but these grow-ops are way outta control up here, not just in rural locations but also in homes in cities and towns. In Calgary, there's estimated to be up 700 grow-ops active in the city and there's nowhere near enough police to handle that many. Most of the urban ones are in large expensive homes - the one good policy the police are using is that any time they bust a grow-op, they bring in a city building inspector and have the house condemned due to the prescence of mold because of the high humidity involved in the grow-ops - so rather than spend months in court trying to convince a judge the home should be seized under proceeds of crime legislation, the house is simply ordered destroyed with the quick stroke of a pen.
My heart goes out to the families of these 4 brave officers.
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