The RCMP sent out a fairly lengthy news release on the weekend explaining in detail why they called off the pursuit of a stolen three quarter ton, heavy duty flat deck truck. A truck that was the subject of an investigation by Maidstone RCMP earlier that morning. A truck that was involved in a fatal crash in the wee hours east of Lloydminster that claimed the life of three women and seriously injured a fourth. The first thing I thought when I read the news release was that the RCMP was coming under fire for discontinuing pursuit of the stolen vehicle.
But if they had continued that pursuit which could have just as easily led to an equally dangerous situation with possible injury or loss of life, they would have been publicly eviscerated for their role in any events that could have taken place. The news release stated RCMP have a national policy that not only indicated when they should undertake a pursuit but also when to call it off – and that is done in the name of the public good – whether it poses a serious risk to the public. So either way, they can’t win. I think it is terrible that those poor women died and their families have had them wrenched tragically from their lives. But I still think the RCMP did the right thing. And I think what I think doesn’t matter because I am not a trained officer of the law and I wasn’t there. And I think that we need to put the blame squarely where it belongs. On those who stole and recklessly drove the vehicle until it became an instrument of death.