Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has referred to as for an unbiased investigation after a “stunning” video displaying the arrest of an Indigenous chief by federal police.
The video, filmed and launched by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), reveals an officer dashing at Chief Allan Adam on March 10 throughout an encounter over an expired licence plate.
Within the dashcam video, broadcast by a number of Canadian media retailers, Adam has a heated alternate with a police officer exterior a on line casino within the province of Alberta.
The tense scenario degenerates shortly when the officer tries to handcuff Adam’s spouse, and a second officer is seen tackling Adam to the bottom and punching him within the face.
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Final week, Adam circulated photographs of his bruised and battered face following the arrest.
He instructed media that “as a result of we’re a minority and no person speaks up for us, each time our individuals do improper and the RCMP go and make their name, they at all times appear to make use of extreme pressure.”
“That has to cease. Sufficient is sufficient,” he mentioned.
The Canadian prime minister, on Friday, mentioned: “I’ve critical questions on what occurred.”
“The unbiased investigation should be clear and be carried out in order that we get solutions. On the similar time, although, we additionally know that this isn’t an remoted incident.”
“We all know that this isn’t an remoted incident,” Trudeau mentioned.
“Far too many Black Canadians and Indigenous individuals don’t really feel protected round police. It is unacceptable. And as governments, we’ve to vary that.”
Hundreds of Canadians have marched in solidarity with US protesters in opposition to racism and police brutality, following the loss of life of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, throughout an arrest by Minneapolis police.
Trudeau himself took a knee, a well-liked protest gesture, final Friday at an indication exterior his workplace in Ottawa.
After per week of denying it, RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki on Friday reversed her place and acknowledged in an announcement that “systemic racism is a part of each establishment, the RCMP included”.
“I struggled with the definition of systemic racism whereas attempting to focus on the nice work completed by the overwhelming majority of our workers,” she mentioned.
“I didn’t say definitively that systemic racism exists within the RCMP. I ought to have.”
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