PRIME MINISTER: ''SERIOUS QUESTIONS'' AFTER RELEASE OF RCMP ARREST VIDEO OF INDIGENOUS CHIEF
Jun 12, 2020
By Bob Komsic
Saying Canadians have seen the ”shocking” video, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wants to ”get to the bottom of this.”
Trudeau was referring to the release of RCMP dashcam video of the arrest of Alberta Indigenous Chief Allan Adam, who was approached outside a casino in Fort McMurray March 10 for having expired plates on his truck.
”Like many people I have serious questions about what happened,” says the prime minister who’s calling for an independent investigation.
”The independent investigation must be transparent and be carried out so we get answers.”
Trudeau adds we also know that this is not an isolated incident as far too many black Canadians and Indigenous people do not fee safe around police.
”It’s unacceptable and as governments we have to change that.”
The nearly 12-minute video shows an officer trying to grab Adam’s arm.
Then another officer runs up, tackles him to the ground.
Adam is punched in the head as he continues struggling and is placed in a chokehold.
The video was released as part of a court application to get criminal charges against Adam stayed.
After reviewing the video, the RCMP determined the arresting officers’ actions were reasonable ”and did not meet the threshold for an external investigation.”