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Alberta releases review of bail system following fatal St. Albert RCMP shooting

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WATCH ABOVE: The shooting death of an Edmonton-area Mountie has led to a report calling for changes to Alberta’s bail system. Alberta’s justice minister says she’ll consider the 31 recommendations in the bail review but warns adopting them will be expensive and could create other problems. Fletcher Kent explains – Apr 29, 2016

A review ordered after the fatal shooting of a Mountie in Alberta suggests police officers should not have to stand in at bail hearings that immediately follow an arrest.

The review says Crown prosecutors should instead be present at all such hearings.

The Alberta government says it is already acting on several of the review’s 31 recommendations, but adds it will need to consult with police and the courts before moving forward with others.

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The province asked for the review following the shooting death of RCMP Const. David Wynn outside an Edmonton-area casino in January 2015.

The shooter, Shawn Rehn, had a lengthy history of criminal and violent behaviour, but was free after a bail hearing where a police officer was present.

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That raised the question of whether Crown prosecutors, with more courtroom experience, should attend all bail hearings.

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