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Report submitted to Ottawa highlights police abuse against Indigenous women

Siksika man’s broken facial bones blamed on RCMP ‘abuse’


Christian Duckchief was photographed by his family as he was recovering in hospital. (Facebook)

Christian Duckchief recovering from broken eye socket, fractured cheek bone and broken nose

By Meghan Grant, CBC News, April 5, 2016

RCMP making an arrest are alleged to have battered an Alberta First Nation man’s head, hauled him naked from his home and taken him to a detachment before realizing he needed an ambulance, say his family, who are accusing the police of racism and brutality. Read the rest of this entry

RCMP officer sued by brain-injured man for jail cell takedown faces new allegations

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Robert Wright of Terrace, B.C., is pictured on a hospital bed in a handout photo released on Friday October 3, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO

2 other aboriginal men subject to similar violent treatment, court documents say

By Eric Rankin, Yvette Brend, CBC News, Dec 16, 2015

An RCMP officer who was involved in a 2012 jail cell takedown that left a B.C. man with permanent brain damage, is now facing allegations of using excessive force in the arrests of two other First Nations men. Read the rest of this entry

Eight Quebec police officers suspended in wake of sexual-assault allegations

Surete du Quebec cruiser 1by Donald McKenzie, The Canadian Press/CTV News, October 23, 2015

MONTREAL — Eight Quebec provincial police officers have been suspended amid allegations of assault, sexual misconduct and other abuse against native women, Public Security Minister Lise Theriault said Friday.

Theriault also announced that the probe into the alleged incidents has been transferred to Montreal police amid criticism the provincial force was investigating its own. Read the rest of this entry

Quebec politicians, activists stunned by aboriginal women’s sex assault allegations

SQ logo 1Independent investigation demanded after native women in Val-d’Or allegedly abused at hands of police

CBC News, October 22, 2015

Politicians and First Nations activists in Quebec say they are shocked and are demanding a widespread investigation following allegations that provincial police abused and sexually assaulted aboriginal women in Val-d’Or.

“I think we must all, not only deplore, but strongly condemn these acts if they are indeed corroborated by the investigation,” said Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard. Read the rest of this entry

Michael Naglingniq argues charter rights breached by Nunavut RCMP

RCMP car logoNaglingniq testifies he was pepper-sprayed while strapped to a restraint chair

By John Van Dusen, CBC News, Aug 7, 2015

A court case pitting the testimony of three Nunavut RCMP police officers against the charter rights of a 25-year-old Iqaluit resident over missing evidence, the use of pepper spray and a restraint chair will resume in September.

Michael Naglingniq is facing charges of uttering death threats to two police officers and breach of probation after he was arrested June 17, 2013 after a night of drinking.

His defence lawyer, Tamara Fairchild, is arguing the charges should be stayed as a result of abuses to Naglingniq’s charter rights following his arrest.

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Police treat Aboriginal people as ‘less than Canadian’, Thunder Bay lawyer says

opp-cruiserFrancis Thatcher considers private criminal prosecution of OPP officer who injured his client

CBC News, July 6, 2015

A Thunder Bay, Ont., lawyer says he wants to take an Ontario Provincial Police officer to court for breaking the shoulder of a First Nations woman during her arrest.

Francis Thatcher is looking into the possibility of filing a private criminal prosecution or a civil suit against the police force and the officers who arrested Bonnie Muckuck in October 2013. Read the rest of this entry

200 people riot in Pikangikum; police vehicles and headquarters damaged

Pikangkium police SUV with smashed windows. Facebook photo by Pikangkikum Chief Paddy Peters

Pikangkium police SUV with smashed windows. Facebook photo by Pikangkikum Chief Paddy Peters

By, June 29, 2015

PIKANGIKUM FIRST NATION, Ont. – Three police vehicles and the remote reserve’s police building were damaged during a violent protest following an officer’s altercation with a community member.

About 200 members of Pikangikum First Nation demonstrated outside the community’s police headquarters on Saturday.

OPP Sgt. Peter Leon confirmed the incident began when a Pikangikum Police officer used a stun gun on an individual who was interfering with an investigation.

“Later that day a group of community members who were upset with the actions of this officer began what was a peaceful protest out front of the Pikangikum police service building,” he said.

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Police break First Nations woman’s shoulder, charge her with assault

opp-cruiser‘They have this in-your face approach to policing,’ Mishkeegogamang band councillor says

CBC News, June 11, 2015

A woman from Mishkeegogamang First Nation, north of Thunder Bay, Ont., has been found not guilty of assaulting police in an altercation that resulted in her shoulder and ribs being broken.

Bonnie Muckuck was charged with assaulting her partner and then assaulting an Ontario Provincial Police officer during her arrest outside Casual’s Convenience Store in Pickle Lake, Ont., on October 16, 2013. Read the rest of this entry

Iqaluit RCMP order review into 2nd jail cell use of force incident“>

CBC News, May 6, 2015

For the second time this year, Nunavut RCMP have come under fire for allegations of using excessive force against a man in custody in their holding cells.

A video posted today by Nunatsiaq News appears to show an altercation between police officers and an prisoner in an RCMP detachment cell in Iqaluit. A date stamp on the video reads July 19, 2014. Read the rest of this entry