The RCMP are investigating after one in all its officers was seen on video threatening to kill a person who was on his knees and being handcuffed throughout a current arrest in a distant First Nations group in Saskatchewan.
The arrest is one in all three incidents that occurred on the identical day involving the identical officer in Pelican Narrows, roughly 540 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon, in line with the RCMP. Two have been caught on video.
The movies spurred calls from the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) for the officer to be fired.
The primary, shot on Sunday, circulated extensively on-line. The 10-second video reveals an RCMP officer placing a person in handcuffs from behind, whereas one other officer stands over the person, along with his gun drawn.
That officer yells on the man “I’m gonna f–cking kill you” and likewise tells him to “shut the f–k up.”
He appears to say the person is beneath arrest for possession of one thing, however the sound is unclear.
Watch the video of the arrest. (Warning: comprises harsh language):
The FSIN known as for the officer’s “immediate termination” and for expenses to be laid.
There was “absolutely no reason” for the officer to be swearing, or pointing his gun on the man’s head, the FSIN, which represents 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan, stated on its Fb web page.
“This video … clearly shows the racist and ignorant actions of this RCMP member in Pelican Narrows and reaffirms that racism still exists within the force,” the FSIN stated.
The RCMP stated Tuesday the officer has been relocated exterior of the Pelican Narrows detachment and reassigned to “non-frontline work.” An RCMP spokesman wouldn’t say the place he was relocated or what work he’s doing. The officer’s title has not been launched.
The second video is of a special arrest that very same morning was additionally posted on-line.
The officer may be heard telling a person, who can be on his knees along with his again to the officer, to “shut the f–ck up” as he factors his gun at him. Whereas yelling on the man to “stay right there,” he approaches and makes an arrest.
RCMP are additionally investigating a “third incident” involving the officer on the identical morning. Little else is understood about it.
RCMP stated in two of the incidents, weapons have been concerned and in a single occasion a machete was recovered from one of many folks being arrested.
“The RCMP takes these matters seriously,” the police service stated in a launch.
“The RCMP has been in contact with local community leaders and will be making them aware of the results of the review and investigation as well as any actions taken by the RCMP with regards to the officer involved.”
They famous as a part of the investigation, situational components, police ways used and the actions taken by the officer earlier than, throughout and after the arrests will all be carefully examined. RCMP will even launch an investigation to find out if the officer violated the pressure’s code of conduct.
“These incidents will be reviewed in their entirety, including the moments before and after what is shown in the videos,” the RCMP stated.
The elimination of the officer was welcome information for Chief Peter Beatty, of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation, which represents eight First Nation communities together with Pelican Narrows.
He stated group members requested his elimination and an investigation.
“We’re good with them removing the guy for the safety of the community, and also for his own safety as well,” he stated.
Beatty defined whereas he hasn’t had an opportunity to talk on to common band members, he has spoken along with his councillors in Pelican Narrows.
He stated all the state of affairs has made the group uneasy.
“What they’re saying is that people are very apprehensive about dealing with the RCMP,” he stated. “They look over their shoulder all the time now, and when they see an RCMP officer, what goes through their mind is that scene.”
Beatty stated he’d prefer to see extra skilled officers who’ve good relationships with the group to be put in place, as he stated this current incident has broken the connection between group members and legislation enforcement.
“They’re going to go back a long way on progress they’ve made,” he stated.
The RCMP are asking anybody with different video of any of the arrests to contact any RCMP detachment.