Trudeau calls video of RCMP tackling First Nation chief ‘surprising’ and needs solutions


Teresa Wright, The Canadian Press


Revealed Friday, June 12, 2020 1:52PM EDT


Final Up to date Friday, June 12, 2020 2:17PM EDT

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says a brand new video exhibiting the violent arrest of a outstanding chief of a northern Alberta First Nation is “surprising” and he’s calling for an unbiased, clear investigation to resolve what occurred.

Trudeau says he and all Canadians need solutions.

“I believe everybody who has seen this video has severe questions on what precisely occurred, about the way it occurred this manner and about the usage of drive that we noticed,” Trudeau mentioned of the video.

The RCMP dash-camera video was launched publicly as a part of a court docket software to get prison expenses in opposition to Chief Allan Adam stayed.

It reveals an RCMP officer charging at an agitated Adam, tackling him to the bottom and punching him within the head.

Trudeau says he is aware of this isn’t an remoted incident and that far too many Black Canadians and Indigenous folks don’t really feel secure round police.

“It is unacceptable and as governments we now have to vary that,” he mentioned.

He raised the difficulty with Canada’s premiers throughout his weekly phone dialog with them Thursday evening, discussing potential options corresponding to physique cameras for police. Trudeau has additionally mentioned physique cameras with RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki.

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland mentioned she discovered the photographs within the video “extremely disturbing.”

She echoed Trudeau’s requires the investigation into this incident to be unbiased whereas additionally acknowledging that systemic discrimination exists in all establishments in Canada, together with inside police forces.

“This can be a second in our nation when we have to confront the actually horrible actuality that systemic racism exists right here in Canada, anti-Black racism exists in Canada, anti-Indigenous racism exists in Canada. It’s systemic,” she mentioned.

“We have to acknowledge that, we have to confront that and we have to work actually onerous collectively to finish that.”

Public Security Minister Invoice Blair issued an announcement saying Canadians deserve solutions about how this specific incident occurred, stressing the important want for the investigation to return to well timed and thorough conclusions.

“Now we have been clear that we’ll work with Indigenous companions and communities in addition to racialized Canadians to make sure that our businesses serve with out bias and with a dedication to justice for everybody.”

Sustaining public belief in Canada’s police forces requires “rigorous accountability,” Blair added.

This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed June 12, 2020.