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Full public inquiry ordered into Pickton investigation

Justine Hunter, Victoria, B.C. (Globe and Mail) – The B.C. government says it will commission a full public inquiry into how police managed the hunt for serial killer Robert “Willie” Pickton.

“There are still lingering questions about the nature of the investigation, whether more could have been done sooner,” Attorney-General Mike de Jong told reporters.

The decision was made Thursday at the first meeting of the B.C. cabinet since an explosive report on the Pickton case from the Vancouver Police Department was released.

The VPD’s report outlined a series of missteps that resulted in Mr. Pickton remaining free to lure women – many of them who were addicted to drugs and worked as prostitutes – from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside to his farm in suburban Port Coquitlam long after police had information that could have resulted in his arrest.

The internal report by Deputy Chief Constable Doug LePard, concluded that the lives of several women might have been saved if the RCMP and VPD had handled the case differently.

The RCMP, which was criticized directly in Mr. LePard’s findings, has not yet released its own internal review of its role in the case.

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Categories: Failing to do Their Duties, Political/Government Interference or Involvement, Public Complaints, Shoddy Investigations.

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