Rami Hajj Ali : Calgary Police Chief Announces RCMP Investigation into Charges Against Black Teens in Fatal Shooting

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : Calgary Police Service Calls for Full Investigation by RCMP in Charges Against Black Teens in Fatal Shooting

The Calgary Police Service (CPS) has announced that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) will be taking over a comprehensive investigation into the charges that were initially laid and later dropped against two Black teenagers involved in a fatal shooting in Marlborough Park earlier this month. Police Chief Mark Neufeld made this announcement during a Calgary Police Commission meeting on Wednesday evening.

Chief Neufeld expressed his regret over the situation, stating, “This is an extremely unfortunate incident. It highlights that our homicide investigators never cease their efforts, even in the face of serious situations like this one.” He further explained that new evidence had emerged, suggesting that the individuals in custody were not responsible for the crime.

Acknowledging the rarity of such circumstances, Chief Neufeld added that the CPS will conduct an independent review of all the factors that led to the initial charges against the brothers. However, he specified that the RCMP would be responsible for this review, relieving the CPS of the task.

Chief Neufeld emphasized that the review would also address concerns related to racial profiling. The incident occurred on November 13 when police responded to a shooting at a strip mall in the Marlborough Park neighborhood. Unfortunately, Rami Hajj Ali, 23, was found dead inside a vehicle in the parking lot, while two others sustained serious injuries from gunshots.

Both a 14-year-old and an 18-year-old were arrested and charged with murder. However, these charges were dropped on November 21. The brothers had been participating in an intervention program designed to prevent newcomers from engaging in organized crime.

In response to the dropped charges, the CPS issued an apology to the brothers, their family, and the affected community. The incident in Marlborough Park is one of several recent shootings in Calgary, and investigations are ongoing to identify the suspects.

Deputy Chief Ryan Ayliffe of the CPS highlighted the significant impact these incidents have had on the community’s sense of safety. He revealed that the specialized organized crime unit is closely monitoring 350 offenders associated with organized crime and actively working to seize illegal firearms used by these groups. Ayliffe also stated that since the beginning of 2023, the police have seized, recovered, or received 1,628 firearms in Calgary, with nearly 400 falling under the category of “crime guns.”

Chief Neufeld expressed his anticipation for the insights that may emerge from the independent review of the RCMP’s investigation, hoping that it would facilitate valuable lessons for the future.

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