Dirty on the inside

Police chief in Calgary says gangs may be infiltrating justice system

Calgary Police Chief Rick Hanson says organized criminal gangs are trying to infiltrate the province’s justice system. Hanson’s comments came during a legislative committee hearing into organized crime during which the police chief revealed an investigation is underway into an unspecified incident involving such allegations. “It’s ongoing,” Hanson said of the case, declining to elaborate further. Alberta Justice Minister Alison Redford, however, said Tuesday that no internal investigations are under way within her department and insisted “we are not dealing with situations where there are investigations or reason for investigations to be going on.” The Liberal party’s justice critic, Kent Hehr, concurred with Hanson’s claims, saying “it would be naive to believe that we have not had a dirty police officer or two or a dirty Crown prosecutor.”

Edmonton Journal

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