U.S. expects immunity for its cops working in new cross-border policing program
By Steve Mertl
July 31, 2013
We’ve all heard of diplomatic immunity, the international convention that exempts select representatives of foreign countries from arrest and prosecution unless that protection is specifically waived by their government.
The privilege has been occasionally abused, but it’s a vital element in allowing diplomats to operate in sometimes hostile environments without fear of being detained.
But how do you feel about foreign cops being given similar immunity while operating in Canada?
That’s reportedly what the United States is asking for as part of a cross-border policing agreement with Canada.
The Canadian Press says it has obtained an RCMP briefing memo under access-to-information legislation that details the Mounties’ reservations about allowing American officers to work with legal immunity here.