Originally Posted by Ghost
We who live in Canada, are not required to know all aspects of Canadian law, but it behooves us to know enough not to get arrested.
That's true of all of us anywhere.
Unlike you, though, it behooves a Canadian peace officer to make or not make arrests in compliance with the Canadian Code of Criminal Procedure. I'm not a Canadian peace officer, lawyer, or jurist, so I'm not intimately familiar with the various specifics and nuances of that code. Are you?
In fact, I'm not even Canadian, which diminishes my ability to to speak authoritatively about Canadian Law and Criminal Procedure even further. I also have no idea what internal policies the RCMP has in place (or not) that may further restrict official justification for warrantless arrests. Do you?
In America, some types of warrantless arrests are illegal by law and some are prohibited by agency policy, and even those vary from state to state and agency to agency...but Canada is another country with a different constitution and law enforcement system, both of which I'm also not intimately familiar with, as I've never lived there.
It's possible the RCMP officer made an error in judgement, it's possible he's a lazy dolt who can't be bothered to carry out his duties, but it's also possible he did exactly what he was supposed to do based on Canadian laws of arrest and the internal policies of his own agency. Like what would appear to be everyone else here, I have no idea which of these possibilities is the more accurate one, so I'm simply suggesting that it may be best to pass on making self-righteous and ill-informed declarations as to what should have happened.
Of course, bounding through the air with the greatest of ease to ill-founded conclusions is de rigueur on the worldwide interwebz, so maybe I am wrong.