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Mohawk police station, site of 2004 standoff, burns down

Fire fighters battle flames engulfing police station in Kanesatake, October 2015.

Fire fighters battle flames engulfing police station in Kanesatake, October 12, 2015.

CTV News, October 12, 2015

A former police station in Quebec where dozens of Aboriginal officers were held hostage more than a decade ago has burned to the ground.

The blaze in the Mohawk settlement of Kanesatake injured no one, but brought up bad memories and raised questions about youth joblessness.

It was the building where Grand Chief James Gabriel’s Aboriginal police force — brought in to fight growing organized crime — was held hostage in 2004. The chief’s family home was famously torched by vandals during that standoff, which ended with the provincial force taking over policing. Read the rest of this entry