At this point in time, with tensions running high around the world specifically regarding the police’s treatment of minorities, you would think that the men and women of law enforcement would be on their best behavior…especially in a nation known for their polite demeanor.
But no. In Canada this week, a shocking video was making the rounds, depicting an absolutely brutal takedown of an indigenous chief by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
The video of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer pummeling Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Chief Allan Adam in March has horrified Canadians, including those who have joined protests over the videotaped death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white Minneapolis officer kept a knee to his neck.
After initially saying she “can’t say for sure” whether systemic racism is a problem with the police, RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki on Friday said “systemic racism is part of every institution, the RCMP included,” the BBC reported.
Canadians were appalled, even at the highest levels of government.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called for an independent investigation of Adam’s arrest. The RCMP has called the officer’s actions “reasonable.”
The 12-minute police video shows the officer charging Adam with his arm and elbow up as he tackles him to the ground. It also shows the officer punching him in the head.
Trudeau called the video “shocking.”
“I have serious questions about what happened,” he said. “The independent investigation must be transparent and be carried out so that we get answers. At the same time, though, we also know that this is not an isolated incident. Far too many black Canadians and indigenous people do not feel safe around police. It’s unacceptable. And as governments, we have to change that.”
Adam was left looking like he went a few rounds with Mike Tyson:
Justin Trudeau pledged to 'get to the bottom' of incident in which Chief Allan Adam was tackled to the ground and struck https://t.co/dPpVJQh3Fn
— Telegraph World News (@TelegraphWorld) June 13, 2020
The video is difficult to watch
This is First Nation Chief Allan Adam after he was beaten by police. He was stopped in the parking lot for an expired licence plate.
The tag on his plate was expired.. That’s it! pic.twitter.com/1umZWSxcxf
— Dyami Thomas (@DyamiThomas) June 12, 2020
Trudeau went on to implore that Canada “must get to the bottom of this”.
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