Report: Bias Toward Killer's Victims Led to Police Failure

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - An inquiry into Canada's worst serial killing case concludes that systemic bias against poor, drug-addicted sex workers targeted by convicted killer Robert Pickton led to the failure of police to stop him.

Commissioner Wally Oppal's final report released Monday says investigations by Vancouver police and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Port Coquitlam were plagued by problems.

Pickton was convicted in 2007 of six counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of sex workers. He slaughtered the women at his suburban pig farm and fed some of the remains to his pigs. Pickton was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 25 years.

The report says Pickton's choice of victims contributed to public indifference and the reluctance of police to take the case seriously

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