‘Victims shouldn’t be in cells,’ but arresting Mounties had few options: RCMP boss

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Yellowknife Mounties who arrested a victim of sexual assault instead of taking her to the hospital faced limited options, and were acting within their authority and with the safety of the victim in mind, says RCMP G Division boss Insp. Alex Laporte. In May of last year, 25-year-old Wade Kapakatoak sexually assaulted an intoxicated woman...
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Brendan Burke
As the Yellowknifer’s crime reporter, it’s my job to keep readers up to speed on all-things “cops and courts” related. From house fires and homicides to courtroom clashes, it’s my responsibility to be there - day or night, rain or shine. When I’m not at court gathering stories, I’m in the office, making calls to lawyers, emailing RCMP and tracking down sources. After hours, I rely on the public to let me know what’s happening and where. Entering my second winter in Yellowknife since leaving my hometown of Peterborough, Ont., in October 2017, everyday on this beat continues to be challenging, rewarding and fulfilling. Got a story? Call me at (867) 766-8288 or shoot me an email at editorial@nnsl.com.