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Calgary cop video validates Indigenous community concerns about police says advocate


Tamara Pimentel
APTN National News
A video released last month showing Calgary police officers arresting a man that resulted in him suffering broken ribs and collapsed lung confirms stories of alleged abuse by police says one advocate.

“It is actually validating a lot of the stories we’ve been hearing from people who have had negative interactions but felt they could not move forward with the justice system,” said Michelle Robinson of the Indigenous Peoples Commission Alberta who is also running for Calgary city council.

The dash camera video was taken in July 2016 from a Calgary police car showing officers chasing Clayton Prince who fled a traffic stop.

The video shows Prince dropping to the ground and three officer jumping on him.

Prince admitted he was high and didn’t have a driver’s license when he ran from police.

When the video was released last month it sparked anger and frustration in the Indigenous community.

“So many families of missing and murdered Indigenous people have been telling the police, have been telling justice systems, have been telling all of these avenues that these issues are happening,” said candidate Robinson.

Colton Crowshoe’s family has been seeking answers for the 18-year-old’s death for three years.

Crowshoe was arrested July 2, 2014 for breaking and entering.

He’d then disappeared after a party and for three weeks his family asked police to treat his disappearance as a missing persons case.

That didn’t happen until two days before his body was found in a retention pond. He had been murdered and it remains unsolved.

Crowshoe’s family believes police didn’t take the disappearance serious because of his race and previous interaction with police.

After a three-year investigation by Alberta’s Serious Incident Response Team, Calgary police didn’t face any charges.

Police were found to have made mistakes but the investigation determined race had nothing to do with it.

“I want everyone to not look once but look twice at what’s happening. At what’s really going on,” said Colton’s father Jimmy Crowshoe.

A week after the dash cam video showing Prince was released, more officers were charged for another incident, which is alleged to have happened in 2010.

Three officers are charged with kidnapping and assault after allegedly driving a man around for 20 minutes while assaulting him.

The man died several months later in non-related circumstances. His name has not been released.

In total, six Calgary police officers have been charged for the two alleged assaults of Prince and the unidentified man.

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6 Responses to “Calgary cop video validates Indigenous community concerns about police says advocate”

    mike sweet September 10, 2017 at 6:28 pm #

    hell red deer rcmp used to arrest me for being intoxicated in a public place i lived in the middle of a paved parking lot behind the one grocery store but behind the red deer in once i got back from my semi run late night id hit the red deer in for offsales while walking across the parking lot still not having a drink each time i was arrested tossed in the drunk tank and the beer stolen you sure as hell dont let rcmp see your band card or you are toast not counting in ontario being ran 50 miles out of town for out fishing late night and being stopped and they warn you not to come back into town and its on an or else threat its been happening for first nations for years but your sure dont try and fight the system it will overrun you later as their paybacks are bitches they never let go even when its them at fault you do not report them not if you know what is good for your health

    Carolina September 7, 2017 at 3:47 pm #

    Seems as though Canada, has reinstated the death penalty for Break and Enter, theft under 5000, torture seems acceptable too somehow?!
    Outraged is a small word compared to the feelings I actually have.
    So… am I, as a mother of children of colour to assume that if they fall into the wrong crowd, make a legal mistake that the police department private or federal will execute my child?!
    That they will be law enforcement, judge, jury and executioner?!
    That they have the right to decide my child’s life has no value b/c he is a person of colour?!
    If I can not see the inhumanity that systemic racism causes, the pain, the death, the agony…. then the Canadian Education system, that taught me to think critically for the purpose of my betterment and the betterment of others was useless.
    My education is Canadian. My body is Canadian. My soul is human.This horrendous lack of humanity, crime against people that are already in need of help, if I can not see this then Canada has failed me and everyone else here too.
    Let’s make it so the death of this young man and the millions of other PoC dying is not for nothing.
    How can a society strive for a better future if we can’t look at “the man in mirror”.

      C-Train Fight Club September 8, 2017 at 2:37 am #

      Maybe it’s just me but driving while high, getting pulled over, and running, and getting body slammed for it isn’t the worst case scenario here. I’m all for police reform when it comes to the treatment of minorities but I do think in Calgary some stereotypes sort of perpetuate themselves. I’m a visual, non-FN minority, while I don’t receive nearly the bad treatment African and Native American’s receive in many aspects of life from what I’ve witnessed, on the last two C-Trains that I take after work it’s not White, Asian, Black, Hispanic, Merfolk, trying to harass guys into fights just for looking over their way while they chug Vodka on the train. The guy leaving syringes outside my work, the one who just drinks a mickey while shopping and gets offended when you ask him to stop or leave saying you’re racist. First Nation’s in Calgary rarely speak out against this aspect of their community and it makes articles like this hard to stand by. I think a serious look needs to be taken at alcohol and drug abuse within FN communities and the city as a whole across all races and creeds. More-so in recent years it’s unpleasant just to go walk down 17th Avenue without being harassed for no reason other than walking on the same side of the street, not wanting to listen to some sob story about why someone needs money while they reek of alcohol and are standing 10 steps from a liquor depot. I don’t want this to be taken as ALL FN IN CALGARY ARE BAD. Many of this city’s greatest people have proud native heritage, both past and present, but don’t pretend that almost every Calgarian hasn’t had similar incidents to mine throughout their time here and especially in recent years, especially on public transit. Drunk White Men are a very close second recently in fairness.

    Howard Bitternose September 7, 2017 at 3:02 pm #

    Look at the Kinling Fire Fund, do you believe now. I sorry for getting your reporter involved and office shut down here in Edmonton but that helped a lot with your reporter. Could you redo a story on my brother, the file on him was given the OK from a Calgary Detective so, ASIRT could clear the three Edmonton police. You could break this case wide open is chose to do so, I know I have a big mouth but this is my younger brother and we always stuck together and watch out for one another. Even though my brother is dead it doesn’t make him any less of a person, he matters.

    Jay September 7, 2017 at 1:58 pm #

    Scary how the FN are treated in Canada, I am going to say like the African Americans in the US

    hilda jack September 7, 2017 at 4:38 am #

    oh wow something really needs to be done before it gets really bad