Rami Hajj Ali : “Alberta RCMP to Conduct Independent Review of Mistaken Charges Against Calgary Teens”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : Calgary Police Chief Mark Neufeld announced on Wednesday that the Alberta RCMP will conduct an independent review of the events that led to the erroneous charges against two teenagers in Calgary. The update was provided during a meeting of the Calgary Police Commission.

The incident in question occurred on November 13, when Calgary police responded to a shooting in the parking lot of Trans Canada Centre in Marlborough Park. One person was killed, identified as 23-year-old Rami Hajj Ali, while two others sustained gunshot wounds.

A day later, charges were announced against two teenage brothers, aged 14 and 18. The 14-year-old was charged with first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder, while the 18-year-old was charged with accessory to murder after the fact.

However, on November 21, the charges against the two teens were dropped. Chief Neufeld issued an “unreserved” apology for the actions of the Calgary Police Service (CPS), while defending the investigative work that led to the charges.

In response to concerns raised by Farah Ali, executive director of the Calgary African Collective, Chief Neufeld confirmed that the RCMP will be conducting the independent review. Ali expressed worries about potential wrongful convictions based on initial compelling evidence provided by the officers.

Chief Neufeld assured that all aspects of the arrests and charges will be thoroughly investigated, including any potential evidence or concerns related to racial profiling. He acknowledged that the situation was complicated, with more factors at play than just profiling individuals on the street.

Despite the recent surge in gun violence in Calgary, Chief Neufeld denied any rush to judgment in this case. He emphasized the need to swiftly apprehend individuals who pose a significant threat to public safety, particularly in light of the brazen nature of the shooting.

The Calgary Police Service will not take any immediate internal actions while ongoing investigations into recent gun violence continue. Instead, they will await the results of the independent review. The terms of reference for the review will be determined in collaboration with RCMP officials, who will examine the sequence of events that led investigators to believe they had sufficient grounds to lay charges.

No additional charges have been filed in relation to the shooting incident. The independent review aims to ensure transparency and accountability in the handling of this case, ultimately upholding the principles of justice and fairness.

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