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Injunctions, RCMP deployment “classic pacification”: Professor

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RCMP protect equipment brought in for construction at Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project, July 2017.

By Justin Brake, The Independent, August 3, 2017

Nalcor’s use of court injunctions and the government’s approval of RCMP deployment to quell resistance to Muskrat Falls are common tactics used to remove Indigenous people from their lands and facilitate resource development, says Shiri Pasternak. Read the rest of this entry

Death of First Nations man handcuffed and stepped on by police was accidental, inquest says

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Romeo Wesley, 34, was held by police on the floor of the nursing station at Cat Lake First Nation, about 400 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, Ont. in 2010. He died there. (Cat Lake First Nation)

Nurse in northern community called police in 2010, concerned about Romeo Wesley’s erratic behaviour

By Jody Porter, CBC News, July 26, 2017

The death of an Ontario First Nations man who was pepper sprayed, beaten, handcuffed and stepped on by two police officers was accidental, a coroner’s inquest has determined. Read the rest of this entry

Australia: Indigenous man dies in custody after unexplained head injury, says family

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Eric James Whittaker died in Westmead hospital in unexplained circumstances. (Facebook)

By Robert Burton-Bradley, NITV, July 18, 2017

The family of a Kamilaroi man who died in custody earlier this month from unexplained head injuries sustained while in a NSW prison is calling for an explanation from authorities. Read the rest of this entry

Report submitted to Ottawa highlights police abuse against Indigenous women

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

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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

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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