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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.