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  1. Prosecutors Signal Criminal Charges for Trump Are Likely. Breaking now via NY Times. CBS News also reports: "Manhattan prosecutors invited Trump to testify, sources say, indicated he may be indicted". https://www.nytimes.com/2023/03/09/nyregion/trump-potential-criminal-charges-bragg.html
  2. Toronto police have arrested a suspect in connection with two “random attacks” on the subway earlier this week. Brandonn Sevilla-Zelaya, 25, of Toronto, was arrested on Saturday and has been charged with robbery, assault causing bodily harm and uttering threat. Police say Sevilla-Zelaya is accused of attacking two passengers on the subway at Kennedy Station. The first incident happened on Dec. 15, at around 10 p.m., when the suspect allegedly approached a male passenger and began attacking him with unprovoked punches. Roughly an hour later, the suspect approached a female passenger on the subway again at Kennedy Station, and began attacking her by shaking her, police said. The suspect then allegedly stole her headphones and threatened her. The charges against Sevilla-Zelaya have not been proven in court. He is scheduled to appear at Old City Hall Saturday morning. The incidents follow a number of recent violent acts on the subway system. Last week, 31-year-old Vanessa Kurpiewska was stabbed to death near High Park Station, and in another incident a Toronto Transit Commission operator was assaulted and robbed at the Long Branch Loop in Etobicoke. https://www.cp24.com/news/suspect-arrested-after-two-random-attacks-on-toronto-subway-1.6199172 Also in July --> A woman has died nearly a month after being set on fire at Kipling station, also in Toronto. --- --> I sometimes take the public transit in a major city in Canada, seen my fair share, 1 story in particular was when one gentleman boarded a bus, I was only a few stations away from home, I already could picture myself listening to some jazz but this gentleman decided to join the bus. At one point randomly this person decided to take out an object and proceeded to say that he will do harm. The people that were up front jumped like chickens. I was taught to not move so focused my attention in the phone. Was way on the back. The bus driver did not say a word. The gentleman then proceeded to head out to the street and threaten the initial occupants of the bus. He then proceeded to cross the street. Some passengers returned in the bus. Have no idea if a report was filled. The shocking part is how people were not really talking about what just happened. Just another day. --- --> Is hard to say what the solutions are. The shelter system is full, the mental hospitals were tried in the past, is the way society is. When the economy is not well, more people live in the public transit out of desperation however that is not an excuse for criminal behaviour. What are some solutions? Tougher laws? More housing?
  3. Utah became the first state to enact legislation that restricts children and teens from using social media without their parent's consent. Driving the news: Gov. Spencer Cox (R) signed two bills into law aimed at limiting when and where anyone younger than 18 years old can interact online, and to stop companies from luring minors to certain websites. Details: Under the law that's due to take effect on March 1, 2024, social media companies will have to instate a curfew for minors in the state, barring them from using their accounts from 10:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. https://www.axios.com/2023/03/24/utah-limit-kids-social-media Do you agree?
  4. Poll: Should Ontario license plate covers to foil red light cameras be banned? I got this idea from an article that was trending in the Toronto Star: Thousands of Ontario drivers illegally use license plate covers to foil red light cameras - so why are stores allowed to sell them? https://www.thestar.com/business/2023/03/15/licence-to-obscure-plate-covers-are-illegal-to-use-in-ontario-so-why-are-stores-allowed-to-sell-them.html One thing that came to mind is that they can be useful in protecting license plates from wear and tear. So how can you ban something if the intent can not necessarily be criminal?
  5. ⬆️ Trending via Sky News New CCTV footage released of Irvo Otieno 'smothered to death' by police. Surveillance video from a state psychiatric hospital in Virginia shows a group of sheriff’s deputies and medical staff members piling on a handcuffed man, Irvo Otieno, and pinning him on the floor for around 11 minutes, until his death. The video is in this article: https://news.sky.com/story/new-cctv-fotage-released-of-man-smothered-to-death-by-us-police-12839876 We have a debate going on this website about issues with the police: https://repolitics.com/forums/topic/43555-what-is-the-issue-with-policing-in-the-usa/ Possible protests to follow in my estimation.
  6. The former US president has posted in ALL - CAPS on his Truth Social platform that he expected to be “ARRESTED ON TUESDAY” and called for his supporters to engage in protests. Will people go out and protest for Trump on Tuesday? Yes, No or other? Also, are the MAGAs on this website, on Tuesday, will you go out for your boss or just noise of keyboard again, like always? If you do go out, just remember what will happen if you cross the line: https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/capitol-violence
  7. Amendment XIV, Section 1, Clause 1 of the U.S. Constitution directs that all persons born in the United States are U.S. citizens. This is the case regardless of the tax or immigration status of a person's parents. What is your view on Natural-Born Citizen Clause?
  8. You know what I find interesting, all you MAGAs and right-wing populists on this website. ---> All you do is bait, rant, swear, there are 1-2 that you can actually have a conversation with, however, the rest are sex talks, gender talks, and putting up wallpapers done by Paint. When there is to do real work, like post a thread about your side, crickets. I will do it, even though, I think Biden, considering the VP that he had and his age, has done an OK job. but, like every politician, things are starting to come out and are popular in the news now. It does not concern him directly, is about Hunter Biden, still. ⬆️ Trending via USA Today House GOP: Hunter Biden, and others got $1.3M from a business associate linked to China
  9. Is society, the law too soft on Corporate/White Collar Crime? I think is about perception too. If someone robs a bank compared to someone that commits a corporate crime. Normally, in the media, when someone in corporate gets charged, the media shows the one suspect surrounded by a few lawyers and it gives the watcher the impression that this guy is serious. If someone is dragged in there for robbing 300$ in handcuffs, of course emotionally, people will see the robber as more severe even though the consequences can be more serious when a corporate crime happens, is my position. The Bernie Madoff case, for me, shocked me as to the extent of the tentacles that he had. Also, now, with the most recent scandals in the US, is it fraud? is it a crime? Time will tell. The Department of Justice announced that is probing Silicon Valley Bank's collapse.
  10. If Donald Trump were convicted, should Joe Biden pardon him? It's a serious question, I mean Nixon was pardoned. Richard Nixon, the 37th President of the United States, was pardoned by his successor, President Gerald Ford, on September 8, 1974.
  11. I am curious to hear what people think. Is your support for the Death Penalty driven by Emotion or by Logic? Do you support the Death Penalty at all? Why or why not? Choices for the poll: 1. Emotion (revenge) 2. Logic (best solution) 3. I do NOT support the death penalty 4. Other, add a comment
  12. CSI, CSI: New York, CSI: Miami, CSI: Cyber, NCSI, Law and Order. I have an Amazon Prime account and signed up for a bunch of free trials with different channels. The above are listed as free for 30 days. Never got into the CSI type of shows, I did see them on TV once in a while when I was at hotels travelling. Always confusing, that there are so many of them. I don't have the time to watch all of them before the 30 days expire, so if you had to choose, which one is better quality in terms of the storylines?
  13. Do you know how cops should get paid? By Tips. If they had to be nice to earn their salary then I bet we would see an instant change. What do you think? 😄
  14. Giving the middle finger is a 'God-given right,' says Québec judge. Do you agree? --- Montreal-area man acquitted of criminal harassment after flipping off neighbors. Giving someone the middle finger is a "God-given" right that belongs to all Canadians, a Québec judge said, as he recently acquitted a Montreal-area man of criminal harassment and uttering threats. In his ruling, Québec court Judge Dennis Galiatsatos wrote that not only was Neall Epstein not guilty, but the fact that he was arrested and prosecuted at all was also a bewildering injustice. "To be abundantly clear, it is not a crime to give someone the finger," the judge wrote in his Feb. 24 ruling. "Flipping the proverbial bird is a God-given, Charter-enshrined right that belongs to every red-blooded Canadian. It may not be civil, it may not be polite, it may not be gentlemanly. Nevertheless, it does not trigger criminal liability." https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/middle-finger-god-given-right-quebec-judge-1.6772056 -------- The judge made the right call here in my view for this case, HOWEVER I don't think there is a mention of the middle finger gesture in any religious texts or scriptures, so it cannot be considered a SPECIFICALLY "God-given" right. Does anyone disagree? Looking for some reasonable people to change my mind.
  15. I am posting this article because the right wing populists on the board are sleeping today, they complain about how dare others are critiquing Trump so much, are defending their man so much, that they forgot to do their work @Infidel Dog Sky News host Rita Panahi says it is not good news for Atlanta as extremist group Antifa is back with their “antics”. Ms Panahi said the media has gone back to their “lies” about the group’s protests being mainly peaceful. “This is just shameless stuff,” she said. with Video: Sky News Australia ---> Domestic terrorism charges were filled. Report from USA Today aswell:
  16. This is one article which is the top clicked so far on my news app. The debate on a sensitive topic. Forgetting a Child in the Backseat of a Car Is a Horrifying Mistake. Is It a Crime? The Washingston Post presents the full case of Miles Harrison, 49, was an amiable person, a diligent businessman and a doting, conscientious father until the day last summer -- beset by problems at work, making call after call on his cellphone -- he forgot to drop his son, Chase, at day care. The toddler slowly sweltered to death, strapped into a car seat for nearly nine hours in an office parking lot in Herndon in the blistering heat of July. ---> It was an inexplicable, inexcusable mistake, but was it a crime? That was the question for a judge to decide. In the end, Fairfax County, Virginia Circuit Court Judge R. Terence Ney found Miles Harrison not guilty. There was no crime, he said, citing the identical legal reasons Earle Mobley had cited for not charging Andrew Culpepper in the first place. Full Case: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/fatal-distraction-forgetting-a-child-in-thebackseat-of-a-car-is-a-horrifying-mistake-is-it-a-crime/2014/06/16/8ae0fe3a-f580-11e3-a3a5-42be35962a52_story.html ---> Yah this is a big one, hard to sit here and say I agree with the law in this case. You are dealing with your own child, how can you forget?
  17. The Jan. 6 panel voted Monday to refer former President Trump to the Department of Justice on at least four criminal charges, including insurrection and obstruction of an official proceeding of Congress. Why it matters: In an unprecedented move, the congressional committee voted unanimously that the former president committed crimes for his efforts to overturn the 2020 election. Driving the news: The panel referred Trump on charges of obstruction of an official proceeding, conspiracy to defraud the U.S., conspiracy to make a false statement and "incite," "assist" or "aid or comfort" an insurrection. "The committee has developed significant evidence that President Trump intended to disrupt the peaceful transition of power under our constitution," Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) said. The panel also announced Monday the referral of criminal charges against former Trump lawyer John Eastman for his efforts to disrupt the 2020 election. Eastman, with Trump, pushed a theory that Vice President Mike Pence could unilaterally reject electors. "We believe that the evidence described by my colleagues today and assembled throughout our hearings warrants a criminal referral of former president Donald J. Trump, John Eastman and others," Raskin said. The referrals are non-binding and do not require the DOJ to take any additional action. The big picture: The panel on Monday also voted to refer House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and three other House Republicans to the House Ethics Committee for ignoring the panel's subpoenas. A partial copy of the panel's report charges McCarthy, along with Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Scott Perry (R-Pa.) and Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), with violating House rules requiring members to conduct themselves “at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House." The panel also voted to approve its sprawling final report, which will include legislative recommendations and focus on additional evidence on Trump's role on Jan. 6. Zoom out: Monday's public meeting is likely the last public session for the committee, as it will dissolve at the end of the current Congressional session. The panel over the last 18 months has reviewed droves of evidence and conducted hundreds of interviews to glean insight into what happened that deadly day. https://www.axios.com/2022/12/19/january-6-committee-trump-criminal-charges
  18. Four power substations in Washington State were attacked on Christmas Day, disrupting service to thousands of residents, just weeks after gunfire at electricity facilities in North Carolina prompted an investigation by the FBI. Law enforcement agencies are now investigating at least eight attacks on power stations in four states in the past month that have underscored the vulnerability of the nation’s power grid. It remains unknown if they were connected. In the most recent incidents outside of Tacoma, Washington, thousands were left without power after vandals forced their way into four substations and damaged equipment, in one case leading to a fire, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department. In all, 14,000 people were left without power from that attacks on substations owned by Tacoma Public Utilities and Puget Sound Energy, according to the sheriff’s office, which said most power has since been restored. “It is unknown if there are any motives or if this was a coordinated attack on the power systems,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. The attacks come just weeks after gunfire at two substations in North Carolina caused 45,000 homes and business to lose power. In January, a the US Department of Homeland Security warned in a report that domestic extremists have been developing “credible, specific plans” to attack electricity infrastructure since at least 2020. --- Scenarios: - The Russians / CCP agents / ISIS agents / Etc. - Far Right - Far Left - Anti-technology brigades - Is a conspiracy by the "deep state" - Is a conspiracy by the media to make rating - Aliens
  19. The criminal element has moved its aims towards real estate fraud, as recently several stories are trending everywhere in the Canadian Media. The CBC (they have good things once in a while) also ran an article: How to protect yourself from real-estate title fraud. ---> Take steps to protect your identity: Be wary of who you share personal information with. Regularly check credit card reports, bank and credit card statements and report anything irregular. Shred documents containing personal information before placing them in the garbage. Limit mail theft by regularly retrieving mail. Notify the post office, financial institutions and other service providers of your new address when you move. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/prevent-title-insurance-fraud-1.6711615 and the last arrest: Three people have been charged after allegedly impersonating the owners of a Toronto home and selling it while they were out of the country. https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/3-people-charged-after-allegedly-impersonating-homeowners-to-sell-toronto-property-1.6249621 For more information on how to prevent identity theft, visit the following links: Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre Canada Revenue Agency Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
  20. My phone is buzzing with alerts. I guess Mike's chances went from 0,1 to 0,001 % ? Breaking at Associated Press AP News
  21. This article speaks of the divisions within the pro-life movement as they are marching today in Washington and how some on the other side are expressing concern in terms of prosecution. As anti-abortion activists gather in Washington, D.C., on Friday to celebrate the overturning of Roe v. Wade — a singular cause that united abortion opponents for decades — some factions are split on the movement's next steps. The big picture: While mainstream anti-abortion messaging still revolves around sanctioning doctors or clinics, a small but growing group of self-described abortion abolitionists are taking steps to single out and punish those seeking to end a pregnancy. Major anti-abortion groups like Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, the National Right to Life Committee and the March for Life organization — which is organizing Friday's anti-abortion rally — have urged state lawmakers crafting anti-abortion bills to consider abortion patients as "victims" immune from prosecution. But Abolish Human Abortion, one of the most high-profile abortion abolitionist groups, states that abortion "is an act of murder and should never be considered an acceptable solution for any difficult circumstance." Between the lines: There are currently no laws in effect that allow a pregnant patient to be prosecuted. In fact, many state laws stipulate that only providers can be punished, through fines, jail time or loss of a medical license. But as state legislatures start to convene their 2023 sessions, some lawmakers are embracing the idea that those who get an abortion when it is illegal should be punished or penalized. In Oklahoma, state Sen. Warren Hamilton (R) introduced a bill that would modify the state's abortion ban, specifically getting rid of the law's clause that guarantees that pregnant people cannot be prosecuted. If the bill is enacted, "it will allow for those accessing an abortion to potentially be prosecuted for that abortion," said Tamya Cox-Touré, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma. In Missouri, state lawmakers are currently considering a bill that would define a fetus as a person and could allow prosecution of patients — unless a patient argues they have been "coerced" into getting an abortion. A bill was introduced in Louisiana last year that would have allowed prosecutors to charge a person with homicide for getting an abortion. The sponsor wound up pulling it from consideration after state lawmakers amended it to remove the language that would have enabled the prosecution, among other changes. What they're saying: "Women should always be held harmless," said Marilyn Musgrave, vice president of government affairs at SBA Pro-Life America, which regularly works with lawmakers to draft abortion bills. "The focus for prosecution" should be on those that provide abortions, not the patients, said Kristi Hamrick, chief media and policy strategist for Students for Life of America. Moving to punish those who seek abortions where the procedure is illegal could also prove to be politically unpopular. While most Americans remain in the middle of the debate — believing that abortion should be legal in some cases and illegal in others — the midterm elections brought wins for abortion rights even in red states. But the debate over individual liability has intensified as more people access abortion pills through telehealth and mail. Last week, the Alabama attorney general's office suggested to 1819 News that pregnant people who take abortion pills could be charged under a state chemical endangerment law that's been used to punish patients for consuming drugs during pregnancy. Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall later walked back the comments, saying only those who provide abortion pills should be punished. Yes, but: There is a history of prosecuting people for getting an abortion, often under state laws that are not abortion-related, Elizabeth Nash, lead state policy analyst for the Guttmacher Institute, told Axios last year. However, many of these charges have not held up in court. In 2022, prior to the Dobbs decision, a Texas woman was charged with murder for allegedly causing "the death of an individual by self-induced abortion." The charges were ultimately dropped, with a Texas district attorney that while the issue was "clearly contentious ... it is not a criminal matter" under state law. Purvi Patel was sentenced to 20 years in prison in Indiana in 2015 for "feticide" and "child neglect." Her conviction was overturned a year later. While prosecutors alleged that Patel had induced her abortion with pills ordered overseas, there was no sign of the pills in toxicology reports. Abortion rights advocates say the debate over prosecuting individuals reveals the anti-abortion movement's actual goal, which is to ultimately punish those who seek abortions. "I think they're just biding their time," said Jennifer Dalven, director of the Reproductive Freedom Project at the ACLU, in a press call. https://www.axios.com/2023/01/20/anti-abortion-roe-anniversary-divide-prosecution
  22. Yet another example where political anger and narcissism leads to. Politics is like a drug it seems, people lose their mind when they can't access it. The story is below: Albuquerque police said Monday they have arrested Solomon Peña, an unsuccessful Republican candidate in the last state House elections, in connection with recent shootings at the offices and homes of elected Democratic officials. For the record: Peña's arrest follows that of another suspect on Jan. 9 in connection with the six shootings that police believe targeted the Democratic officials. What we're watching: Peña is accused of conspiring with and paying four other men to shoot at the homes of two county commissioners and two state legislators, per a tweet from Albuquerque Police Department Chief Harold Medina. Context: Albuquerque police had been investigating the shootings that began on Dec. 4, when Bernalillo County Commissioner Adriann Barboa's home was targeted. Background: After losing his election by a wide margin, Peña tweeted that he wasn't conceding the race. Police allege that he also visited three of the targeted officials' homes unannounced to complain the election was fraudulent. Flashback: Peña in November posted online a photo of himself with the comment: "This is one of the last pictures I have of the Jan 06 trip. I lost that phone at the Trump rally in Phoenix, July 2021. Make America Great Again!" What they're saying: Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) in a statement Monday commended law enforcement and the District Attorney’s Office's actions following Peña's arrest. https://www.axios.com/2023/01/17/new-mexico-ex-republican-state-candidate-pena-arrested
  23. FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried diverted customer funds from the start of his cryptocurrency exchange to support his hedge fund, Alameda Research, and to make venture investments, real-estate purchases and political donations, the Securities and Exchange Commission alleged in a lawsuit filed Tuesday. "Sam Bankman-Fried built a house of cards on a foundation of deception while telling investors that it was one of the safest buildings in crypto," said SEC Chair Gary Gensler in a statement. Mr. Bankman-Fried was arrested Monday in the Bahamas. The arrest was made based on a sealed indictment filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of New York, the U.S. attorney said. The charges in the indictment include wire fraud, wire fraud conspiracy, securities fraud, securities fraud conspiracy and money laundering The SEC lawsuit and the arrest are the latest bombshells in a case that has transfixed Wall Street and Washington. FTX, one of the largest crypto exchanges in the world, filed for bankruptcy last month after it ran out of cash and rival Binance walked away from a shotgun merger. https://www.wsj.com/livecoverage/sam-bankman-fried-arrested-ftx-congress
  24. An opinion posted in the Reason.com magazine, a leading libertarian source. Maybe "Marshal Law" can save the Republican Party? Unfortunately, the reality is something far more sinister. In the "Marshal Law" comic-book series, Law is the last name of a law-enforcement officer "with superpowers in the city of San Futuro, the near-future metropolis built from the ruins of San Francisco following a massive earthquake," according to Wikipedia. I've never read these comics, but they offer a satirical take on superhero characters and our government. Perhaps some Republican officials mixed up the Marshal Law character with the term "martial law"—defined by Investopedia as "the substitution of a civil government by military authorities with unlimited powers to suspend the ordinary legal protections of civilian rights." I'm referring, in part, to text messages that Donald Trump's Chief of Staff Mark Meadows released to Congress' January 6 select committee, which is examining the Capitol breach that many Trump supporters continue to depict as a jolly stroll through the Capitol that went awry. The texts portray something far more sinister. Talking Points Memo found that 34 GOP members of Congress texted Meadows about the day's events, including messages "rife with links to far-right websites, questionable legal theories, violent rhetoric, and advocacy for authoritarian power grabs." Rep. Ralph Norman (R–S.C.) offered the best reminder that one need not be a statesman (or brain trust) to win a seat in Congress: "Mark, in seeing what's happening so quickly, and reading about the Dominion law suits (sic) attempting to stop any meaningful investigation we are at a point of no return in saving our Republic !! Our LAST HOPE is invoking Marshall Law!! PLEASE URGE TO PRESIDENT TO DO SO!!" Of course, Twitter went wild with the misspelling, but Norman's content was no laughing matter. When Huffington Post asked him, Norman seemed embarrassed by the typo and offered an excuse worthy of a social-justice warrior: "I was very frustrated then, I'm frustrated now." Oh yeah, frustration is a totally legitimate rationale for dictatorship. Many Republicans love Donald Trump because he doesn't sugarcoat his opinions, yet neither Trump nor many prominent Republican officials can talk about what transpired on January 6 without euphemisms or evasion. "To see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle," Animal Farm author George Orwell wrote. As I've noted before, the GOP and its MAGA base refuse to see what's right in front of their noses. After losing dozens of court reviews of his election-fraud claims, President Trump refused to concede defeat and threatened the peaceful transfer of power that has been one of this nation's hallmarks. His legal team concocted bizarre legal theories to let him stay in power. Some supporters stormed the Capitol—and Trump has vowed to pardon the trespassers and rioters if he wins a second term. During the fracas, many members of Congress communicated with the president's chief of staff and conspired to overturn the election results. Rep. Jim Jordan (R–Ohio), texted the following: "On January 6, 2021, Vice President Mike Pence, as President of the Senate, should call out all electoral votes that he believes are unconstitutional." These are top U.S. officials, not Twitter trolls. Some of these Republican House members dressed up their efforts that would have destroyed our republic in constitutional-sounding verbiage. Jordan, for instance, argued that letting Pence throw out any inconvenient electoral votes was "in accordance with guidance from founding father Alexander Hamilton and judicial precedence." That might have made him feel better, but it no more makes those efforts constitutional than communist North Korea's "Democratic People's Republic" nomenclature makes it a democratic republic. By the way, Meadows didn't ignore Jordan's proposal, but responded as such: "I have pushed for this. Not sure it is going to happen." This was an active effort to subvert our democratic system. For those who still scoff at the idea of January 6 as anything significant, here is what Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R–Ga.) recently told a group of New York Republicans: "And I will tell you something, if Steve Bannon and I had organized that, we would have won. Not to mention, it would've been armed." Take heart that only one member called for martial law. Then again, former President Trump demanded something similar in a Truth Social post earlier this month He called for the courts to invalidate the 2020 election and noted: "Massive Fraud of this type and magnitude allows for the termination of all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution (italics added)." When the federal government declares martial law or terminates the rules and articles of the Constitution, it gains unlimited power to do whatever it wants—take your guns, steal your property, quash your speech, and put you in prison. It's hard to believe that a former president (and leading presidential candidate) thinks this way, so I'm going to stick with the story that Republicans simply want superhero Marshal Law to save them.
  25. Nearly ten months have passed since the RCMP initiated their investigation into acts of violence and extensive damage inflicted at the Coastal GasLink (CGL) camp near Houston, BC in February. Shortly after midnight on February 17, 2022, Houston RCMP was called to the Marten Forest Service Road (FSR) after Coastal GasLink (CGL) security reported that approximately 20 people, some armed with axes, were attacking security guards and smashing their vehicle windows at their work site. Police attended and discovered various objects placed along the route on the forestry roads in order to impede passage. Downed trees, tar covered stumps, wire, boards with spikes in them, and fires had been lit throughout the debris at the 41 km mark, and an old school bus blocked the 43 km mark. Photos of the roadway blockades and of the significant damage done to heavy machinery and equipment at the CGL work site can be viewed in the news release issued on February 17. Video footage of the individuals who attacked a company vehicle while an employee was inside the truck are also available in the news release issued on February 22. Police look to the public to help identify those individuals responsible for the acts of violence at Coastal Gas Link. The RCMP has conducted a number of interviews and followed up on several leads. However, there has not been any new tips or information received in recent months that would positively identify the people responsible for these violent acts. In an effort to garner new leads, the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association, along with Crime Stoppers, are offering a private reward of up to $100,000 for any information leading to the arrest and charge of any individual responsible for the crime. https://bc-cb.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=2087&languageId=1&contentId=77711
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