Back on Primetime tonight

I’ll be back in my regular spot on Alberta Primetime’s weekly crime panel, appearing here in Calgary with defence lawyer David Andrews. We’ll be joined by consultant and former Edmonton police chief Fred Rayner in Edmonton to talk about the following topics:

  • The court martial of Canadian army Capt. Robert Semrau, who was acquitted of murdering a wounded Taliban fighter.
  • The death of an Okotoks man who was shot by the RCMP after an extended standoff outside his home.

(Alberta Primetime airs live at 7 p.m. MDT on Access TV: Channel 13 in Calgary; Channel 351 on Bell TV; Channel 267 on Shaw Direct/Star Choice. You can visit the show’s segment archive to view past discussions about crime and other topics.)

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  1. Lawrence A. Oshanek

    Support the Freedom of Capt. Robert Semrau
    http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/group.php?gid=41254404235

    I do not believe that Capt. Semrau acted with the cold calculating anger or for revenge for his losses but with compassion and pity. I believe that our good Captain acted in a manner consistent with his personal belief that if it was he laying there, he would rather be put out of his misery quickly rather then suffer for the hours it might take to die … on the other hand, he may have had strategic reasons to do what he did … but it is what it is.

    I hope the court has some actual combat veterans on it rather then only paper warriors and that is why he was acquitted of the more serious charges and that they (those with combat experience) can have an influence for a minimum sentence for the conviction registered against him.

    We lost yesterday the 151st Canadian there, He was Sapper Brian Collier from 1 Combat Engineer Regiment in Edmonton and he was the 151st Canadian soldier, and the 12th Canadian combat engineer, to die in Afghanistan. The 24-year-old began his first tour of Afghanistan as part of the Petawawa-based 1 Royal Canadian Battle Group.

    We task these young men with too many battle restrictions in a hostile and mostly barbaric place we should have left 6 years ago.

    In clear terms we are an occupying force still there because of some absurd politically correct notion that we are viewed as a positive culture there while we are only protecting a very vicious group of thugs while they abuse and loot their country and countrymen.

    How very silly and how very unfair to our young soldiers.

    Your second story is about a man who I believe felt the same way as did our good Captain and perhaps even the Afghani “victim” … whatever emotional pain and hopelessness he felt, he too, knew it was over and he wanted it over quickly.

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