The incident has become known as the High River Gun Grab because as officers went door-to-door in the devastated and deserted town (presumably looking for survivors), they seized hundreds of firearms.
They kicked down doors in 1,900 of the 5,300 houses in town, including houses untouched by floodwaters.
They even kicked down unlocked doors and doors that had glass panels beside them that could have been broken to reach the deadbolt.
From the muddy boot marks and glove prints they left behind, it is clear officers searched in all sorts of locations (such as underwear drawers and makeup tables) where no survivor could have been sheltering (but where a handgun might have been stashed).
The destruction Mounties inflicted on High River is unprecedented, yet the CBC insisted officers were engaged solely in “basic police work.”